Senior Mechanical Engineer - Additive manufacturing

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.


Main responsibilities

  • Provide engineering expertise in Design, development and validation of new additive manufacturing techniques for electronics packaging.
  • Setup, manage, and maintain operation of metal and ceramic additive manufacturing machines for high density integration and advanced packaging of electronic devices and modules   
  • Develop the AM process for electronic module packaging and support  the AM operations with problem solving for 3D printing, de-binding, sintering and polishing.
  • Generate detailed design concepts based on engineering principles, utilising 3D CAD to create models, assemblies, and component drawings
  • Propose, design and conduct design of experiments activities to down select options for process variables
  • Collaborating with engineers and designers across the business to solve complex problems
  • Contribution to concept & idea development by research into new technologies, processes, and materials
  • Project management for technology development projects



Qualifications and Experience:

  • A degree in a related engineering or scientific field (Mechanical/Materials/Process Engineering).
  • Extensive experience with additive manufacturing process and materials- Metal and ceramic printing and associated processes such as debinding, sintering, polishing etc
  • Proficient skills within 3D design SolidWorks (preferred) and ideally the ability to use tools such as DFMEA
  • Understanding of Microelectronic assembly and packaging would be beneficial
  • Good knowledge of stress and thermal  simulations and management in packaging(COMSOL, ANSYS)
  • 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
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following technologies: Opto-electronics, Power Electronics, RF & Microwave.
  • 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?

  • £50,000 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.