R&D Engineer

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People at Dulas are passionate and knowledgeable about what we do and rewarded in knowing that our work is having a positive impact on the environment and people’s lives.  We also enjoy other great benefits such as private healthcare, life assurance, income protection, flexible working and much more.

And there is even more! Dulas is a pioneer both in the renewable energy sector (40 years old this year!) and in our model of cooperative working. As a worker-governed company, employees are given the opportunity to fully participate in the matters of business of the company and shape its future. 

Dulas is looking to recruit a number of workshop posts due to growth across our renewables business. Firstly, we require a Workshop Supervisor to work in our very busy ‘Wind Monitoring’ team, who service the onshore and offshore wind market, here in Machynlleth.  You can find more details on our website.

Secondly, we are looking to fill two posts within a new ‘Production and R&D’ department. Our members recently approved the creation of this new function which will focus on the research and development and production needs of existing and new renewable energy products, mainly for the off-grid renewables market. We are therefore looking for a R&D Engineer and R&D Workshop Technician.

Job Title: R&D Engineer

Work Area: Production and R&D Workshop (Central Services)

Based at: Machynlleth 

Contract Term: Permanent

Hours per week: 37.5 (we will consider part time applications)

Responsible to: Hydro O&M Commercial Lead with dotted line to the company’s Senior Electrical Engineer

Responsible for: N/A

Family and Level: Engineering & Project Management – Level 3 Developing £24,486-£29,077 / Competent £30,607-£36,729. 

Our policy is to start applications at the beginning of the band. After 18 months you are eligible to become a member and receive company dividends.

Job Purpose:  

This is a workshop-based position focused on developing existing and new products for the renewable energy and grid constraint market place. The ‘Production and R&D department’ is a newly created function aimed at turning ideas into market ready products as well as meeting our existing ad-hoc build requirements. Your role will be to support the design and build of initial product concepts through to detailed design, testing, prototype builds, commercialisation and production. This role will be a mix of delivering establish product production requirements as well as working on new products for future revenue generation. 

Key Accountabilities:-

Design

Develop renewable energy (RE) design specifications as solutions for grid constraint applications in liaison with project leads and in line with agreed design procedures, 

Ensure all designs are compliant with relevant standards (mainly BS7671 and BS EN 61439) and are fit for purpose, 

Identity and rectify design issues throughout the project life cycle,

Prepare detailed design costing reports for sign off,

Maintain and build an understanding of RE systems and power sources (e.g., PV panels, batteries, fuel cells, monitoring systems) for bespoke design applications, 

Develop design procedures for new products,

Specify, source, and procure components,

Technical input into the optimisation and development of existing products,

Design robust communications solutions for remote monitoring solutions,

Keep up to date with technical developments and actively research new technologies for grid constraint renewable energy solutions,

Assist project leads on understanding customer requirements in order to develop solutions for commercialization.  

Prototypes & Testing

Build prototypes according to approved design specification,

Ensure robust record keeping of design development and prototype build specifications,

Set up and undertake tests on initial prototypes,

Write technical reports for discussion on testing outcomes,

Identify skills gaps for development work and assist with managing sub-contractors where required. 

Build

Manage production runs of existing and new products such as remote power systems (PV + methanol), EV off-grid systems (PV + battery), bespoke power in a box solution,

Ensure design specifications and build procedures are followed and contribute to the on-going development of such procedures, 

Manage component stock levels within the workshop based on project leads pipeline information,

Seek to improve procedures and make efficiencies and cost savings where possible, without compromising on quality.

HSQE

Follow departmental and company operational systems and input into their continuous development, including supporting the development of ISO9001 quality systems,

Comply with Dulas HSQE policies,

Keep all relevant documentation and reporting up to date,

Develop internal best practice for all technical aspects of the role.

Person Specification: 

Essential Criteria and Experience

Skills, experience & qualifications

Degree level or comparable experience in an engineering or other relevant discipline.

Knowledge of electronic and electrical systems to include wiring regulations and test and inspection procedures

Evidenced experienced and a proven track record in product design, relevant to renewable energy technologies.

Evidenced experience and a proven track record in product production or management of product production. 

Understanding of PV systems and theory.

Understanding of battery systems and theory

Team working

Team player, ability to integrate with teams.

Ability to build effective relationships at all levels

Communication – written & verbal

Must be able to express and explain technical ideas verbally and in written format at a technical level appropriate to the audience.

Keen attention to detail to ensure accuracy and identify errors.

Excellent written and spoken English

Management – including self-motivation & time management

Good time management skills with the ability to prioritise multiple jobs.

The post will require the person to often work unsupervised, and determine a structure, and prioritise their work to ensure that specifications and deadlines are met.

Possess a high level of motivation to embrace new projects and responsibilities.

IT

Good IT literacy with MS Office skills

Proficient with AutoCAD

Other

Full / clean UK driving license.

Desirable Criteria and Experience 

Skills, experience & qualifications

Knowledge of Object-Oriented programming language(s) such as C++, Python. 

Team working

Experience working in a Research & Development Team.

Communication – written & verbal

The ability to communicate through the medium of the Welsh language

For further information regarding the roles and to download an application pack please visit www.dulas.org.uk/careers or alternatively call 01654 705058.

Dulas is committed to providing quality of opportunity.

Closing Date:
28/12/2022

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