Graduate Mechanical/Product Design Engineer - Aqualife Services Ltd

Placement summary

This is an outstanding opportunity to develop your skills in a dynamic engineering company. Built around an ethos of developing new technology which holds the key to solving some of the aquaculture industry’s biggest challenges. It has never been a better time to join the team as we are at the point of expansion with several new and existing projects. An opportunity has arisen for a Graduate Mechanical Design Engineer or a Graduate Product Design Engineer who will play an important role in our technical team. The role will be a mix of mechanical/product engineering design and conducting theoretical and practical feasibility studies for a project where there is a high degree of uncertainty in the optimum technical solution.

Job description

Project Description

There are various projects that feed into a larger project which is the development of a fully automatic machine for vaccinating fish on fish farms using the latest robotics and vision technology. 

Placement Objectives

  • Design and development of a product that will be used in a real life commercial environment
  • Product development through the full design process from concept to manufactuing
  • Project management

Role Description

We are seeking an enthusiastic and trustworthy individual who is quick to learn and able to manage working on projects that have a mixture of disciplines such as mechanical and electrical/electronic. You will want to be involved in working in an aquaculture engineering environment where the uncertainty of your solutions is high, due to the nature of dealing with living animals. You will have excellent attention to detail and always document your work to a high level of quality.



Engineering qualification at B.Eng level or above

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Engineering qualification at B.Eng level or above
  • Electromechanical design including motor selection and control
  • Fast and self-motivated learner capable of researching and advising on a wide range of subjects within the field of mechanical or electrical engineering
  • 2D and 3D CAD Experience
  • Hands on engineering and prototyping skills
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills

Desirable Skills

  • Good understanding of physics and / or electronics.
  • Experience using MATLAB for analysing data
  • Experience and / or understanding of Finite Element Analysis for stress and thermal modelling
  • Ability to design and build experimental test rigs utilising simple programmable controllers (e.g. Arduino / Raspberry Pi)
  • Have a thorough knowledge of mechanical principles, material properties and manufacturing processes
  • Good knowledge of design regulations and quality standards
  • Supply of designs and product with a CE declaration of conformity



Company benefits

  • 30 days holiday per year
  • End of project bonus
  • Experience
  • Potential for permanent employment after initial 12 months
  • Full time salary
  • Support from the Head of Engineering throughout placement


Placement benefits

As part of your ScotGrad placement, you will be able to participate in a couple of training courses mainly online, and one classroom based. The courses are themed around environmental management and quality standards and will provide you with knowledge and skills which will enhance your current and future skills.

ScotGrad placements also offer a unique opportunity to connect with a vast network of graduates and ScotGrad alumni. All graduates appointed through the programme are encouraged to make use of the ScotGrad LinkedIn group to communicate with other ScotGrad participants, learn about any professional development opportunities and build up a professional network.


Additional information

Location: Stirling

Planned interview date: 19/11/2018

This placement may result in a permanent employment afterwards

Preferred start date: 01/12/2018

Company information

This role is part of a new spin off company from Aqualife Services Ltd with a focus in the design engineering and product desgn of products of which a customer is already there.

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