Design and Development Engineer

Design and development of vessels including technical drawings and performance calculations, production planning and development of workshop procedures

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  • Apply theoretical knowledge to ‘real world’ engineering problems
  • A degree or equivalent qualification is an advantage
  • A varied management role requiring a flexible approach

The purpose of the design and development engineer role is to assist in all aspects of product development and production management. While the role requires specific technical skills such as the ability to use design programs such as AutoCAD, and the ability to carry out calculations, the most important skill required is the ability to apply technical knowledge to ‘real life’ engineering problems.  

To be successful in this role, a real passion for boats is essential and relevant work experience is a must.  The role involves communicating with a wide range of people both within and outside the business including customers, suppliers and sub-contractors so the ability to confidently express your ideas is vital.  A flexible approach is required as the working hours can vary according to production requirements.   

As well as formal education, skills gained from hobbies such as the ability to sail and drive a powerboat are a big advantage as the role involves new vessel testing / commissioning and customer sea trials.  

This is an exciting job that offers great opportunities for career development and plenty of time on the water.  

For more information about becoming a Design & Development Engineer visit: 

National Careers Service: Design and development engineer | Explore careers | National Careers Service or 

UCAS: How To Become A Design and development engineer | Explore Jobs | UCAS

Prospects: Design engineer job profile |

Possible pathways to this job

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Information about the employer

Island RIBs Limited – Island RIBs design and manufacture rigid inflatable boats from 6.8 to 10.0m in length.  All laminating, engineering and boat assembly is carried out in-house on a single site in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Island RIBs are known for their excellent sea-keeping, predictable handling, soft ride and high standard of finish.  The company build boats for several well-known organisations including the British Antarctic Survey, Williams Shipping and Sea Start as well as private customers. 

Design and Development Engineer

The purpose of the design and development engineer role is to assist in all aspects of product development and production...

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