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Instrumentation & Control Engineer - Automotive

Instrumentation & Control Engineer - Automotive

Job Title: Instrumentation & Control Engineer - Automotive
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Northampton
Salary: Competitive + benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: NG-4180-1
Contact Name: Nick Green
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 23, 2018 12:55

Job Description

Our Automotive client specialises in the design, development and manufacture of internal combustion engines and hybrid powertrain systems. We are currently looking to recruit an Instrumentation & Control Engineer to provide high level electronic and electrical engineering support to the Build and Test Department. This will involve specifying, designing, building, commissioning, maintaining, fault finding, repairing and calibrating instrumentation and control systems.

•    Support users of the engine and vehicle test facilities:
•    Communicate directly with our internal and external customers to understand their needs and then implement appropriate solutions.
o    Specify and design bespoke electrical/electronic instrumentation or control equipment from first principles. Build, install, commission and produce engineering documentation for this equipment.
o    Install and set up instrumentation and control equipment in an efficient manner, based on a sound technical understanding of the equipment and its functionality.
o    Maintain and repair instrumentation and control equipment. This will be achieved through following structured fault analysis techniques and by having a wide and high level understanding of electronics.
o    Select and purchase new instrumentation and control equipment, based on a high level understanding of the technical and functional requirements.
o    Calibrate sensors and other equipment.
•    Liaise with and manage suppliers and contractors to ensure the best possible service is delivered to the company.

A minimum of an engineering HND in electronics, control, instrumentation or any other relevant discipline is required.

Skills and Experience
o    Prolonged demonstrated experience working in a test facility environment, preferably automotive but other areas will be considered.
o    In-depth knowledge of complex electrical and electronic instrumentation and electromechanical equipment.
o    Good problem solving skills.
o    Ability to work well under pressure to priority and time constraints.
o    Ability to work in a varied role, working effectively on multiple tasks in parallel.
o    Experience of undertaking and managing small-medium scale projects.
o    Self-motivated, conscientious with the ability to communicate effectively and work either independently or as part of a team.
o    Well organised, good planning skills with an eye for detail.

•    Advantageous:

o    Knowledge and experience of large motors and drive systems.
o    Knowledge and experience of control engineering principals, e.g.  PID tuning
o    Able to write and debug programs in a minimum of one mainstream language such as Java, C, C++ or VB to a good level.
o    Ability to design PCBs
o    Experience with using CAD or layout packages, e.g. AutoCad Electrical or Visio.
o    Knowledge and experience with different interface protocols, e.g. I2C, SPI, Serial, CAN, Flexray, etc.
o    Experience with electronics simulation packages, e.g. PSPICE.
o    Experience of working with microcontrollers.
o    Experience of working with mains voltages.
o    Experience with using PLCs.
o    Experience with automotive test systems such as AVL Puma, CP Cadet, DSG DatAqPro.