Senior Motor Drives Design Engineer

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Closing Date: 28th July 2017
Reports To: Electronics Design Manager
Position Summary:

The main objectives of this post are design of power electronics and specification of motors for new products along with research into new drive technologies for actuation.

Location: Bath
Division: Rotork Controls
Rotork Office: UK - Bath - Rotork Controls Limited
Job Type: Full Time
Area Of Interest: Electronics
Contact: Clive Payne
Contact Email:

Job Description

Main Responsibilities:

  • Conducting research and carrying out feasibility studies into new methods of valve actuation and the evaluation of relevant new technologies
  • Design of electronic hardware and software for Rotork products with a focus on power systems, including the preparation of such records as may be necessary to demonstrate compliance with its associated specification and any relevant standards
  • Specification and analysis of motors for Rotork products
  • Production of specifications for new products including associated project plans and test programs
  • Supervision of other personnel including other engineers, apprentices and contractors
  • Undertaking of design reviews, audits and testing to ensure that Rotork designs and products comply with specifications and relevant standards
  • Generation of progress and other reports required by the Electronics Design Manager
  • Ensuring the availability of design records and documentation and to assist with the production of Sales and Service literature
  • Liaison with suppliers, customers and other departments throughout Rotork including such visits as may be required both in the UK and overseas
  • Provision of technical support to Sales, Service, Production, Buying and Quality departments as required
  • Undertaking of project management and co-ordination duties as and when required

Candidate Specification:

  • Ability to work as a member of a small team to tight time and cost targets is essential
  • The candidate should have proven experience working in a research field, with knowledge of the scientific method of investigation
  • The candidate should be self-motivated with good practical skills and thorough approach to her/his work
  • The successful candidate will be required to liaise with both suppliers and customers which may in turn necessitate occasional travel
  • A high level of interpersonal skills will be required

Functional / Technical Competencies:

  • Minimum Hons Degree or equivalent in Electrical or Electronic Engineering

Core Competencies:

  • Minimum 6 years in industry since qualification undertaking design and development work
  • Knowledge of, or experience in the following fields would be desirable:
    • Power electronics for both low- and high-voltage mains systems including silicon MOSFETs and emerging technologies such as GaN
    • Motor inverter design including thermal and EMC considerations
    • Device selection and datasheet analysis in order to find an optimal part considering potentially conflicting constraints
    • Analogue circuit design (e.g. signal amplification/conditioning)
    • Motor specification and analysis
    • Software design using high level languages such as C or C++ for embedded microcontrollers
    • Designs to meet internationally recognised approvals standards
    • Design for volume manufacture
    • Test automation / modelling using scripting languages such as python
    • CAD systems in particular DxDesigner/Pads


Please send fully up to date CV and full letter of application, stating how your skills and experience match the job requirements.