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Mechanical Design Engineer

Date:  25-Mar-2021

Bristol, GB

Job Function:  Technical
Business Unit:  Plasma Technology

At Oxford Instruments, we enable the world’s leading industrial companies and scientific research communities to image, analyse and manipulate materials down to the atomic and molecular level. At Plasma Technology, we provide tools for the engineering of micro- and nano-structures, with customers using our process solutions to research and produce materials and semiconductors vital for everything from medical devices and diagnostics, to electric cars and quantum computers.


Role Purpose

Mechanical Designer will have the tasks to complete the designs within the area of expertise in a competent manner, to company standards and to agreed schedules with minimal supervision. This role is to work within one of the Platform engineering teams, responsible for maintaining and improving the design of our highly configurable product platforms, including the bespoke design of hardware to suit specific customer needs.


Key Responsibilities

  • Delivering component and device conception and design, 3D solid models, detail drawings and modifications.
  • To prepare system layouts, Sales system drawing packs, drawings required for sales/service quotes and customer requests.
  • To create and check Bills of Materials. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Materials Resource Planning (MRP) system to ensure that parts and Bills of material are added correctly to ERP system.
  • To support other departments by answering queries and requests for information.
  • Leading the problem solving process when issues arise on tools during manufacture, test or customer sites.
  • General drawing office duties and admin, including maintenance of accurate, up-to-date drawing lists and registers used company wide.
  • Create robust designs that have re-useable parts and assemblies, ensuring that system attributes are completed fully and correctly.
  • Create drawing to OIPT standard format and comply with company quality, and other regulatory and compliance standards.
  • Work as part of a team to develop product specifications and resolve business and product issues.
  • Demonstrate a complete understanding of the Engineering Change Request process to ensure that Engineering Change Requests are actioned appropriately.
  • To ensure that agreed contribution to projects is achieved and escalate situations where that contribution is jeopardised.
  • Knowledgeable application of product lifecycle and configuration techniques.
  • Agree and review design tasks / milestones with Design Team Leader


  • Drawings produced in time for purchasing to order components and to meet project milestones.
  • Effective relationships with customers and suppliers.
  • Milestones and deadlines are met for production and sales quote drawings.
  • Ease of use of drawing databases for all other employees in the company.
  • Accurate history of components and changes.


  • Engineering Degree, HNC or equivalent, City & Guilds Full Tech Cert.

Professional Skills/ Abilities:

  • Design of precision mechanical systems and mechanisms.
  • Technical problem solving.
  • Knowledge of castings, machined components, sheet metal and mouldings.
  • Solid Edge CAD (3D Modelling) software.
  • Microsoft Word & Excel – competent.
  • Microsoft Project – limited use required.
  • Professional engineering drawing/design best practice.
  • Aware of product cost, reliability and safety issues.
  • Lifecycle management knowledge.
  • Keeps up with external trends in job area.
  • Identifies opportunities to improve systems and procedures and minimise or eliminate wastage.


In addition to a competitive starting salary, Oxford Instruments also offers structured career development opportunities, a good work-life balance, private healthcare, a share incentive plan, 25 days annual leave, early finish on on Fridays, a defined contribution Group Personal Pension Plan, and a flexible benefits package that you can tailor to your own requirements.


If this role sounds of interest to you, please apply with your updated CV.


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


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