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Mechanical Design Engineer -33020

Ref: 262 Date Posted: Tuesday 30 Oct 2018
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The role will drive the design and project of customised implants from either Management CT scan data or X ray data and additionally project manage each case to ensuring alignment to both business and customer requirements, this is a highly creative role; unique nature of patient-specific implant design, to deliver an end to end design solution for the customer using the latest technologies and delivering to very tight time lines.

Principal Accountabilities:

Essential Functions:

  • Interprets x-rays and Request Forms to determine patient and surgeon requirements
  • Designs custom-made implants:
    • Creates 3D CAD models using Unigraphics
    • Creates 2D drawings and X-ray templates
  • Liaises with NPI workshop employees to ensure designs can be manufactured
  • Supports NPI workshop employees throughout manufacture
  • Liaises with surgeons and Account Managers throughout each project
  • Creates Custom Design Rationale document for each project
  • Compiles documentation and for Case History File (CHF
  • Keeps in-house records up to date

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Participates in and sometimes leads departmental performance improvement projects
  • Participates in the implementation of new technology
  • May perform simple mechanical analysis calculations and/or use basic Design Space FEA to verify designs, where necessary

Personal Traits

  • Highly organised with a disciplined approach to personal work management
  • Comfortable under pressure
  • Positive, can do attitude
  • Creative, but with the aptitude to develop ideas in detail
  • Flexible approach to work assignments – equally committed to routine as well as novel assignments,
  • Quality conscious
  • Passionate to make a differenc
  • Decisive
  • Clear pragmatic thinker capable of differentiating critical issues
  • Comfortable and supportive of change
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Team mentality, but capable and comfortable working autonomously
  • Competent clear concise communicator

Skills, Knowledge and Achievements of the Role:

Skills and Abilities 

  • Qualified to minimum of HND/Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Design, and Product Design, or with equivalent experience
  • Applied knowledge of high end 3D CAD systems
  • Hand calculation (Stress/Strain) and elementary FEA experience
  • Working knowledge of design standards and practices (ISO and ASME)
  • Practical knowledge of General Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD & T)
  • Experience of working in a highly regulated, quality systems oriented industry
  • Practical knowledge of GMP disciplines
  • Accomplished IT skills – Word, Excel, Outlook, databases - typical office applications

Job Environment

Circumstances (Situational Factors):

Generally, the working hours are fairly constant, but must be willing to work additional hours as needed to meet personal and project commitments. Travel may be required, depending on needs of individual cases. Potential need for live surgery attendance.


Will typically interact most frequently with surgeons, Account Managers, NPI personnel, Manufacturing Engineers, Quality, Regulatory, Bioengineers, overseas distributors.

Will also have periodic interaction with Marketing, hospital staff e.g. theatre management personnel.

Job (Dis-)Satisfaction Potential


  • Highly creative role; unique nature of patient-specific implant design.
  • Utilises leading edge technology, systems and applications.
  • Interaction with a diverse group of people internationally
  • Highly satisfying work – supplying a solution for a named patient.


  • Attention to detail.
  • Continually shifting priorities.

Pressured accountable environment.


  • Responsible for their own and others health and safety, and should report any unsafe condition as soon as possible so that preventative or corrective action can be taken.

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