richardd
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About

A highly enthusiastic mechanical engineer with more than 6 years in the industry.
Held lead engineering roles in aerospace engine design before setting up a Ltd company offering mechanical engineering services. Working with companies such as Meggitt, Rolls Royce & Safran has developed a good understanding of the customer
relations and product development.

My passion for design and improving systems has enabled me to stand out as an engineer and achieve a proven track record from concept to integrated product. A variety of roles have allowed me to gain experience in different aspects of a business and become a well rounded individual. These roles include:
- Company Director (Vola Design)
- Lead Design Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Project Management
- System Testing
- Sales Representative

In my spare time I enjoy photography, videography, paragliding and a range of outdoor sports.

Experience

  • Mechanical Design Engineer Vola Design Ltd · Self-employed Nov 2019 – Present 1 yrs 6 mos undefined, England, United Kingdom Mechanical Engineering Services based around:
    • CAD Design (Solidworks — 9 years+, Ansys, Fusion 360)
    Highly capable with the use of CAD packages to create complex models & assemblies, tolerance analysis, motion studies, technical drawings, assembly analysis, BOM creation and rendered models.

    • Finite Element Analysis (FEA - Solidworks, Fusion360 & Ansys)
    Simple and complex assembly FEA. Competent with the use of dynamic, static, harmonic and thermal analysis within Solidworks. Validated FEA experience with engine components, vehicle components and aerospace
    applications.

    • Mechanical Principles
    Experience in rotary engine design, aerospace components and ultralight aviation has developed an important understanding of structural design, thermal management, fatigue, material selection and also user ergonomics.

    • Technical Drawings & DFM
    Working to BS8888 for technical drawing standard. Technical drawings for complex designs (engine casing, rotary eccentric crank shaft, etc.)and multi-stage component manufacturing drawings. Managed project drawing requirements through PDM system. I have developed a great understanding of the various manufacturing processes and as such have a thorough understanding for 'Design for Manufacture' (DFM). Practical manufacturing experience (Lathe, mill, welding, general fabrication). Process understanding for CNC (milled and turned), casting, injection moulding, welding, sheet metal manufacture, metallic plating.

    • Technical Documents
    Proven experience through technical reports for NATEP funding, government research grant reports, FEA reports and design feedback. PDR & CDR presentations for Rolls Royce, Airbus and more.

    • Project Planning & Budget Management (MS Project)
    Managed projects from concept to completion including workload, budget, deadlines and customer reviews.

    • Data Acquisition & Analysis
    Managed the acquisition and analysis of engine test data. (Thermal energy analysis and requirements, power output etc.)
  • Mechancial Design Engineer Parajet International Ltd · Contact Dec 2019 – Mar 2020 3 mos undefined, England, United Kingdom Parajet design products based in the ultralight aviation industry for a global
    market.

    Utilising market research information to develop designs and implement
    ergonomic, aesthetically pleasing products. Manufacturing processes included
    2-stage injection moulding, 3D printing, CNC turning and milling and welding of
    titanium chassis'.

    Rapid prototype manufacture and design of concept products, personal flight
    tests carried out to provide feedback to team and implement changes.

    Research based around material choices for use in a range of environments
    around the world.
    Analysis carried out into related aircraft forces and FEA based on analysis of
    structural components.

    All analysis, modelling and simulation was carried out with Solidworks.
  • Sales and Design Engineer Parajet International Ltd · Full-time May 2018 – Dec 2018 7 mos undefined, England, United Kingdom Parajet are a paramotor design and manufacture company that distribute internationally. Being an avid paramotor pilot I have a strong desire to aid in the design and efficiency of the products.

    In addition to Parajet ultralights I have been involved with Mako Boardsports design activities, this involves design around a carbon fiber, engine powered surfboard. Some of the skills and roles are detailed below:
    - Digitization of parts and technical drawings
    - Component configuration control
    - Design of new components
    - Component testing and validation
    - Technical Support
    - Sales representative

    This varied involvement in the business has provided me with the chance to further understand customer requirements, design limitations and the importance of communication within the business and with the customer.
  • Lead Design Engineer Rotron Power Ltd · Full-time Sep 2015 – May 2018 2 yrs 8 mos undefined, England, United Kingdom Rotron Power Develop Rotary Engines for UAV applications. During my time at Rotron I was promoted to Lead Design Engineer enabling me to manage projects while focussing on the technical aspects of the product.

    Responsibilities and Experiences are as follows:

    Project Management
    • Managed workload, budget, timelines and customer communication for 2 different projects simultaneously. Projects focused around the VTOL application and involved a long term product cycle.

    Mechanical Engineering
    • Designed engine components around calculated data, practical testing, FEA, and customer specifications. Engine design included concept design of new components, tolerance analysis for full engine interaction (including thermal changes), calculated combustion force and simulations validated with combustion pressure testing and FEA simulations.

    DFM & Technical Drawings
    • Practical manufacturing experience using mill, lathe and welder. Taking designs through concept to full production allowed development of DFM. Manufacturing drawing experience includes casting, CNC turning and milling, sheet metal fabrication and welding. Extensive tolerance analysis for full engine assembly (taking into account thermal expansion)

    • Technical document writing including PDS, proposals, R&D reports, government grant report, test reports, PDR and CDR presentations

Education

  • Liverpool John Moores University Masters, Mechanical Engineering, 1st Class Honours 2010 – 2015 Activities and Societies: LJMU Ski and Snowboard Team Formula Student - Assistant Manager I have graduated a Mechanical Engineering course at a University that provides the opportunity to develop both practical and theoretical skills. I have been involved in many group assignments and have completed a placement year with Vauxhall Motors.

    Typical modules include:

    Engineering Project
    Group Design Project
    Finite Element Analysis
    Computational Fluid Dynamics
    Dynamic Systems Modelling
    Safety and Reliability
    Thermodynamics, Fluids and Heat Transfer
    Mechatronics
    Alternative Energy Systems
    Materials and Structural Integrity

Other experience

  • Outdoor Enthusiast I have a general passion for the outdoors and enjoy mountain
    biking, climbing, snowboarding and running.
  • Paragliding and Paramotoring Trainee Instructor I am an avid paramotor and paragliding pilot, having
    completed several courses I am competent and have started
    learning to pilot tandem flights so I can share my experience. I have also started progression into aerial acrobatics to further my skills which has developed my risk management.

Licenses & Certifications

  • Certified Engineering Technician IMechE Apr 2017 – Present See credential
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Area of Expertise
Aerospace Engineering Automotive Design Machine Design 3D Printing Design 3D Modelling Gadgets Design DIY Design General CAD Drafting Mechanical Drafting Packaging Design Concept Design Mechanical Engineering Structural Engineering New Invention Development Toys & Games Rapid Prototyping Selective Laser Sintering Prototype Tooling Injection Molding and Casting 3D Rendering Services 3D Design Services CAD Drawing PDF to DWG Conversion Injection Molding Design CAD Digitization Services 2D to 3D Conversion Services Prototype Design Services Reverse Engineering FEA Finite Element Analysis SolidWorks Design Services Sheet Metal Design Mold and Die Design Services Fabrication Drawings Services 3D Solid Modeling SolidWorks Engineering Services Image to CAD Conversion Part-to-CAD Modeling CAD Conversion Services 3D Models of Machine Parts Design Engineering Services 2D CAD Drafting Services Assembly Drawing Services Assembly Modeling Services 3D Presentation Design Prototype Design Engineering CAD Drafting Services Machine Drawing Services CAD Drawing Standardization Paper to CAD Conversion Mechanical Design Services Metal Design and Fabrication Computational Fluid Dynamics Standardization of Drawings 2D CAD Design Services PDF to CAD Conversion DWG to DGN Conversion Part to CAD Inspection Mechanical CAD Design 3D CAD Translation Services Manufacturing Drawings PDF to PWG Conversion CAD Design File Validation 3D Product Modeling Product Engineering Services 2D to 3D Modeling CAD Data Translation Services Isometric Drawing Services Packaging Concept Design Mechanical Drawing Services Design for Manufacturing and Assembly DFM Services Design for Manufacturability (DFM Services)

Languages

English Native or bilingual proficiency

Location

United Kingdom