Mechanical Design Engineer

Reports to: Head of Packaging

Based at: Newport, South Wales (near Junction 28 of the M4)


Do you relish the challenge being part of a growing business, a team, an industry, and seeing the energy you help generate? Are you at your best when contributing to a range of projects and collaborating across teams to solve the problems of the future?

Within CSA Catapult we look beyond the status quo. We look to employ people based on ability and attitude; we measure what you deliver and how you do it. We encourage collaboration in everything we do as we value the diversity of thought that we each bring to every challenge.

Who are we? The next wave of emerging technologies will have an enormous impact on our lives. 5G communications will enable a host of new and exciting applications such as connected autonomous vehicles and multimedia services. Increasing demand for clean energy will require new electricity networks, while advanced sensing will open-up new opportunities for health diagnostics and security.  These developments will be underpinned by Compound Semiconductor (CS) technologies.

We are a Not for Profit organisation; here to help the UK economy grow, and we work across the UK with a range of industry sectors from automotive to medical, and from digital communications to aerospace. Through employing leading minds and investing in technology, we help bridge the gap between idea and implementation by removing the barriers often faced by SMEs.

We are small company but undergoing rapid growth and so we need to expand our Packaging team with an individual who will support the design of packages for all three technical divisions: Photonics, RF and Microwave, and Power Electronics.


Purpose of the Post

To provide mechanical design leadership and expertise, that will enable the realisation of ideas and designs on multi-discipline projects.


Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with engineers and designers across the business to solve complex problems
  • Generating detailed design concepts based on engineering principles, utilising 3D CAD to create models, assemblies and component drawings
  • Contribution to concept & idea development by research into new technologies, processes and materials
  • Specification of the mechanical and manufacturing attributes of design concepts
  • Support the creation of prototypes
  • Conduct laboratory tests, processes and report results to the senior staff
  • Provide technical support
  • Desire to learn and develop (quick learner) to new techniques and laboratory practices
  • Able to follow practises, polices, and health and safety roles
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Maintain and calibration of laboratory equipment (appropriate training will be provided)
  • Make sure lab supplies are available
  • Able to work in a cleanroom and fast environment
  • Writing reports, SOPs and summaries if asked
  • Collecting preparing and testing samples



Qualifications and Experience:

  • Good degree in product design/mechanical engineering
  • 3 years+ Industry experience with a product design orientation
  • Strong 3D CAD skills, SolidWorks (preferred), CATIA, Siemens NX
  • Good understanding of manufacturing principles at the millimetre scale - CNC Machining, Injection Moulding, Sheet Metal, 3D printing etc
  • Understanding of Microelectronic manufacturing techniques would be beneficial
  • Good knowledge stress and thermal  simulations and management in packaging
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills and be able to interface with clients and multidisciplinary engineering teams to gather and translate requirements into technical specifications
  • Strong problem-solving ability
  • Excellent time management and ability to manage your own workload on multiple projects
  • Expertise in FEA simulation tools (COMSOL, ANSYS)
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following technologies: Opto-electronics, Power Electronics, RF & Microwave.
  • Knowledge of product design for harsh environments
  • Experience of rendering/visualisations
  • Enthusiasm, drive, commitment and ability to use your initiative
  • A desire to learn and develop


Behaviours and attributes

  • A Desire to learn and develop
  • Enthusiasm, drive, commitment: manage your own workload and use your initiative


What do we offer?

  • £40,000 salary pro rata (FTE) depending on your experience.
  • Staff bonus scheme.
  • 37.5 hours full time working week but can consider part time or job share suggestions.
  • Development – as you grow in the role we will support you throughout that journey.
  • Payment for a professional membership each year.
  • Flexible working – we operate core hours of 10-4. The balance of your hours can be worked around what works for you.
  • Generous pension scheme – e.g. you put in 5% and we will put in 10%.
  • 28 days leave plus 8 bank holidays (pro rata per annum).
  • Private Medical Insurance for you and your family.
  • Life Assurance.
  • A happy, healthy working environment and great group of people to work with.