Mechanical Engineering Placement Student

Location: Comber

Contract Type: Contract

Closing Date: 17 February 2023

Salary: competitive

Mechanical Engineering Placement Student


Eakin R&D Limited, part of Eakin Healthcare, is now recruiting for a student placement in the Mechanical Engineering team.  This role is an exciting opportunity to be part of the wider development team that drive the research and product development activities for the introduction of new medical devices in the therapeutic areas of ostomy, respiratory, wound and surgical healthcare.  The duration of the placement is for one year.



In Eakin R&D’s labs at the Comber site a suite of test rigs that simulate real world environments for EHG’s ostomy medical devices have been installed.  These tests subject ostomy products to a design verification process that is more robust when compared with traditional test methods.  This process should reduce the risk associated with validation activities which provides an opportunity of improving the speed to market and reducing the related costs in a product’s development cycle.

 The focus of this student placement is to contribute to the continued development of the design verification process used at Eakin R&D.  The key deliverables are:

  • Understand Eakin R&D’s current design verification process
  • Identify any areas of inefficiency in the process
  • Propose improvements to the process
  • Contribute to the development of an exemplar demonstrating an improvement in the process


  • To adhere to the company’s Equal Opportunities policy and Dignity at work policy in all activities and to actively promote equality of opportunity wherever possible
  • To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of your colleagues, in accordance with the company’s’ Health and Safety policy
  • To adhere to the company’s Quality policy and Environmental policy
  • To undertake other duties as may be reasonably required




  • Currently undertaking a degree in Mechanical, Biomechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • Can demonstrate a desire to implement the engineering theory taught in their degree to solve real world problems
  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude and be able to work on their own initiative
  • Be able to work in a multi-functional team and to build relationships with peers


  • Interest or experience in the Medical Devices sector
  • Awareness of polymer processing and polymer joining methods, concentrating on the processing and heat sealing techniques for polymer films (e.g. thermal, RF and ultrasonic welding)
  • Understanding of the design verification process in product development
  • Able to demonstrate expertise in the application of engineering analysis to real world problems (e.g. calculations, mathematical modelling, computational simulation etc.)
  • An ability to collect, analyse and interpret data




  • Working with the wider Eakin R&D group which includes teams from design, formulation, industrialisation and programs
  • In developing the design verification process there is an opportunity to work with EHG’s insights, operations and quality teams


  • Suppliers
  • External consultants
  • Centres of technical excellence (e.g. Universities, test houses etc.)



  • Full clean UK driving licence required with access to a vehicle
  • Travel may be required from time to time to support activities at other sites and to meet with suppliers 



Problem solving – Generates and promotes solutions.  Sees clearly which is the best way forward.  Able to make decisions and commitments within appropriate time frame.

Resilience – Can work under pressure, remains calm, thinks clearly and manages emotion under pressure. Addresses issues without being aggressive or controlling and can easily bounce back from setbacks. Is open to feedback and doesn’t dwell on past events.

Team Working – Enjoys participating in group activities and likes to work in close proximity with other people.  Is ready to collaborate with and support others and is willing to co-operate and compromise for the overall good.

Supporting Others – Enjoys supporting other people and is prone to getting involved and trying to help them when they have problems. Is comfortable to contribute to joint endeavours and enjoys team work.  Is willing to let other people depend on them.

Following Directions – Is motivated to accept and comply with standards and instructions and has a strong conscience about delivering what is promised or expected.  Doesn’t like letting people down and works productively in cooperation with, and support of others.

Analytical – Enjoys analysing qualitative data but also considers quantitative and seeks to identify and explore they key elements in information before making commitments.  Tends to like to use facts and figures when planning and reporting and is concerned about accuracy and detail

Planning and Organising – Thinks things through well in advance and maps out future activities, taking the key stages and requirements into account.  Likes to monitor to ensure that things are implemented and delivered effectively

Quality Orientation – Is precise, pays attention to details, checks things and ties up ‘loose ends’.  Has a strong conscience about getting things right and seeks to ensure that decisions and solutions do not involve undue risk, adheres to policy and standards.

Interpersonal / Influencing – Deals with other in a convincing way that leads to gaining agreement without relying on hierarchy and shows sensitivity to working relationships.  Doesn’t give up easily in the face of opinions that differ from their own.  Influences others to reach conclusions and gain agreements.


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