Design Engineer

Farnborough UK or Perth Australia

Full Time.

Reporting to: Handling & Logistics Lead

Travel Required: <15%

Salary : Competitive

The Role

Reporting to the Handling & Logistics Lead, the successful candidate will help conceptualise, design, manufacture, and commission autonomous mechatronic handling systems to be installed on offshore service vessels. The handling systems will be responsible for launching, recovering, and storing hundreds of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) an hour. The candidate will work alongside mechanical and naval engineers to design and prototype these systems before moving through accelerated testing and production phases.

BOSS Background

BOSS is an innovative tech start up with strong support from significant industry partnerships. Our vision is to disrupt the Marine Seismic industry through the development of a large-scale autonomous ocean bottom seismic data acquisition system, resulting in a step change reduction in the cost, time and HSSE risks required to acquire high quality OBS data. We help our clients to reduce their carbon emissions and their carbon footprint. 

BOSS is developing a revolutionary, integrated seismic acquisition system based around long endurance, self-repositioning robotic ocean bottom nodes.
These nodes are capable of multiple autonomous re-positions to allow rolling of the receiver array without having to recover and redeploy nodes. This, in combination with automated handling systems, rapid deployment/recovery and intelligent system control, allows for optimisation of seismic acquisition survey operations to minimise duration and cost, and removes the requirement for ROV support.

About you

You are a curious, self-motivated, and hands-on engineer who is energised by complex problems and the opportunity to innovate. You are comfortable engaging with problems which are not fully defined and take the initiative to build knowledge and define your own problem space. You display good time-management and self-discipline such that you meet deadlines unsupervised and you possess strong communication skills to enable you to co-ordinate well. You will have experience in bringing designs to fruition and supporting their simulation, manufacture, testing and installation.

Required Experience & Qualifications

• Tertiary or trade qualification

• Proven design experience with industrial automation or other electro-mechanical projects.

• Demonstrated experience designing and simulating kinematic/robotic assemblies and their actuators, or industrial equipment mechanisation and/or automation.

• Demonstrated experience with control system design and implementation, industrial control and instrumentation (eg. PLCs) and/or SCADA systems.

• Excellent computer and communication skills (both written and verbal).

• Familiarity with modern (online/cloud) work collaboration platforms and methods (Sharepoint, Microsoft Teams)

Desirable Qualifications & Experience
• Qualification, ideally in Mechatronic, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Industrial Automation or Instrumentation.
• Experience with new product development, from concept through to manufacture and testing.
• Experience with launch and recovery systems (LARS), A-Frames, industrial elevator, handling or conveyor systems
• Experience with autonomous robotic or ASRS systems.
• Experience with vessel-based or subsea systems.


• Approach design tasks and perform all work with adherence to and participation in company and industry safety policies.
• Ensure systems are designed to comply with relevant safety and environmental codes. 
• Conceptualise, design,develop/manufacture, test and commission industrial automation systems.
• Specify and source sensors, actuators, and other electo-mechanical hardware.
• Conduct technical and safety risk assessments, ensuring systems are reliable and safe. 
• Conduct stakeholder interviews to elicit and maintain requirement specifications. 
• Prepare and maintain technical documentation in accordance with company policy. 
• Assist in the preparation of, and participate in, design reviews.
• Domestic and international travel to support manufacturing and testing activities.
• Seek out new development opportunities and maintain relationships with key vendors.