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Project Engineer: In Process Inspection (Knowledge Transfer Partnership)

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The University of Sheffield AMRC builds on the success of the original Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing, creating a cluster of industry-focused manufacturing R&D centres and supporting facilities.

The AMRC with Boeing, established in 2001, has grown to become a world-leading centre of advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value sectors. It has around 70 industrial members, from global giants such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Safran Landing Systems, to local small businesses.

Founded in 1977, Swiftool Precision Engineering Ltd is a progressive, UK award winning sub-contract manufacturing business of excellence. Operating from within an environmentally friendly 35,000 sq/ft facility, Swiftool’s signature service is the supply of high integrity precision machined components, kits, mechanical assemblies and turnkey engineering projects. Nottinghamshire based, with excellent road and air links, Swiftool provides exceptional HSE, quality and delivery performance to our global customers, operating within the nuclear, marine, petrochemical and aerospace sectors.

This role will be a 24 month fixed term contract funded through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The successful candidate will spend the majority of time at the industry partner site (Swiftool Precision Engineering) near Mansfield.

As a Project Engineer, you will hold a key role in developing on-machine inspection technologies at the industrial partner site and transferring knowledge obtained from research at the AMRC. Whilst at the AMRC, you will be supported by technical leads with expertise in the relevant fields of research and development.

The project will be focused on implementation of on machine metrology best practice, and data collection and analysis. You will be expected to develop and demonstrate robust world-leading methods and implement these onto the shop floor at Swiftool Precision Engineering. The successful candidate will be expected to have experience that is relevant to machining and metrology research and development.

The candidate will have a good honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant area and IT skills including the ability to learn specialised computing packages such as Matlab, LabVIEW, Renishaw Inspection Plus, Minitab and IPIP Visual Fair. The ability to plan, monitor and revise requirements based on changing circumstances and events is essential. The candidate is required to develop creative approaches to problem solving and to analyse and solve problems with an appreciation of longer-term implications.

The successful candidate will report primarily to the Head of Quality at Swiftool Precision Engineering. At the AMRC they will report to the Technical Fellow - Process Monitoring and Control.

This role will be based at Swiftool Precision Engineering, Brookside Way, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 2NL for 4.5 days per week and at the AMRC for 0.5 days per week as required

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Undertake and deliver research in the field of on machine metrology and data
• Responsible for project deliverables, such as the delivery of reports and presentations on time in full.
• Undertake literature reviews and technology benchmarking studies.
• Technical Report Writing.
• Liaise with industrial partners to obtain technical information about their products and services and involve them with experimental tests where necessary.
• Present research findings at national and international conferences and seminars.
• Set up and run sensor systems for monitoring machining processes.
• Liaise with shop floor staff to facilitate experimental validations and integration of machine health monitoring and maintenance.
• Run CNC programs and trials on machine tools.
• Analyse and record data to aid the design of future research and produce useful findings for other academics, funders, policy makers and practitioners.
• Monitor and check the progress of projects against priorities, targets and milestones, and update Microsoft Project plans and the AMRC integrated management system.
• Prepare papers for journals/presentations either in-house or at national/international conferences or seminars to disseminate research findings.
• Write supporting documents to contribute to and support the work of the Core Research Group, eg reports, intrim reports and proposals.
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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