Asset Performance Engineer - KTP Associate

£28,000 - £32,000

Birmingham, West Midlands - 2 years

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Job description

Collaborating with the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research, the Rail Wagon Association (RWA), on behalf of its members, is engaging in a unique Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to bring further innovation to the UK rail freight sector.

At present the sector is fragmented across multiple organisations and bodies, leading to some operational inefficiencies, as such maintenance of wagon parts is not fully cost-effective. This KTP will develop new models, methods, processes, and technologies to monitor and predict component wear and damage in rail freight wagons. The outputs will then be disseminated and applied across the UK rail freight sector through RWA members. These innovations will ensure the sector is more profitable, sustainable, and ultimately more capable of addressing the carbon net-zero challenge.

The Role
Over the 2-year project, the Asset Performance Engineer (KTP Associate) will drive a strategic programme of change to achieve these aims, embedding further innovation at the heart of the industry. The Asset Performance Engineer will primarily be based at VTG Rail UK Limited, an RWA member; developing, testing, and adopting enhanced asset management systems and methods for freight wagon maintenance to be rolled out across the sector. They will also spend time working with other RWA members and at the University, accessing specialist software, equipment, and facilities. The Asset Performance Engineer will use solid project management skills and academic understanding to deliver this project successfully, with industry and academic support and guidance, and a programme of personal and professional development.

There could be an opportunity for the right candidate to join an RWA member organisation on a permanent basis after the initial 2-year project has concluded.

The Person
The successful candidate will have a good honours degree (1st or 2:1) in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline (such as Automotive Engineering, or Aerospace Engineering, etc), with experience in analysing and presenting simulation results, test data and technical reports. An understanding of the principles of simulation models for mechanical engineering/dynamic systems will be key, as will written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Experience working in a rail or transport industrial environment is desirable.

The successful candidate needs to be willing to travel and spend some time working with RWA member organisations in other locations.

Please note that the start date given is indicative only; the exact start date will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate.

For further details about this post and to make application please visit: http://hud.ac/nqz

Project description

Collaborating with the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research, the Rail Wagon Association (RWA), on behalf of its members, is engaging in a unique Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to bring further innovation to the UK rail freight sector.

At present the sector is fragmented across multiple organisations and bodies, leading to some operational inefficiencies, as such maintenance of wagon parts is not fully cost-effective. This KTP will develop new models, methods, processes, and technologies to monitor and predict component wear and damage in rail freight wagons. The outputs will then be disseminated and applied across the UK rail freight sector through RWA members. These innovations will ensure the sector is more profitable, sustainable, and ultimately more capable of addressing the carbon net-zero challenge.

About the business

The Company The Rail Wagon Association Limited (RWA) is a trade association representing the interests of companies involved in rail freight wagons based in the UK. This includes wagon owners, keepers, users, designers, manufacturers, hirers, ECMs, consultants, maintainers, and operators. Their principal objective is to be the professional trade body for any person or persons who operate, maintain, manage infrastructure for, supply products to, supply services to or promote rail freight wagons. They do this by dealing with government, ORR, RSSB and other industry bodies to help to develop an expert and focused approach to technical engineering issues, legislation, regulation, and safety.

Rail freight

Mechanical Engineering

A good honours degree (1st or 2:1) in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline (such as Automotive Engineering, or Aerospace Engineering, etc)

22 November 2022

2 January 2023

30 March 2023

R6961


Collaborating with the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research, the Rail Wagon Association (RWA), on behalf of its members, is engaging in a unique Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to bring further innovation to the UK rail freight sector.

At present the sector is fragmented across multiple organisations and bodies, leading to some operational inefficiencies, as such maintenance of wagon parts is not fully cost-effective. This KTP will develop new models, methods, processes, and technologies to monitor and predict component wear and damage in rail freight wagons. The outputs will then be disseminated and applied across the UK rail freight sector through RWA members. These innovations will ensure the sector is more profitable, sustainable, and ultimately more capable of addressing the carbon net-zero challenge.

The Role
Over the 2-year project, the Asset Performance Engineer (KTP Associate) will drive a strategic programme of change to achieve these aims, embedding further innovation at the heart of the industry. The Asset Performance Engineer will primarily be based at VTG Rail UK Limited, an RWA member; developing, testing, and adopting enhanced asset management systems and methods for freight wagon maintenance to be rolled out across the sector. They will also spend time working with other RWA members and at the University, accessing specialist software, equipment, and facilities. The Asset Performance Engineer will use solid project management skills and academic understanding to deliver this project successfully, with industry and academic support and guidance, and a programme of personal and professional development.

There could be an opportunity for the right candidate to join an RWA member organisation on a permanent basis after the initial 2-year project has concluded.

The Person
The successful candidate will have a good honours degree (1st or 2:1) in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline (such as Automotive Engineering, or Aerospace Engineering, etc), with experience in analysing and presenting simulation results, test data and technical reports. An understanding of the principles of simulation models for mechanical engineering/dynamic systems will be key, as will written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Experience working in a rail or transport industrial environment is desirable.

The successful candidate needs to be willing to travel and spend some time working with RWA member organisations in other locations.

Please note that the start date given is indicative only; the exact start date will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate.

For further details about this post and to make application please visit: http://hud.ac/nqz