Composite Engineer/Specialist

Lem, Midtjylland
22 Sep 2016
22 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
So you really know composites? Then come be a part of our passionate team for a challenging and rewarding future. Vestas is looking for well-rounded composite engineers to be part of the solution to the world's Energy challenges. We are looking for practical thinking independent engineers who can really contribute in a very driven environment.

Rotor, Tower & Control > Rotor Engineering > Blade Component & Assembly Design
BCaAD sits within Rotors Engineering (50 ) which is responsible for the design of the complete Wind Turbine Rotor. This is the engine of the WTG, where wind energy is captured, controlled and converted into Torque. BCaAD is a team of 15 Engineers and Technicians located in Denmark, USA and UK. We are focused on designing the Blades for easy, robust Manufacture.

The Blade Component & Assembly Design (BCaAD) department is effectively the Blades Design for Manufacture (DfM) team. Our role is to Design the Blade Components in a way that ensures easy, repeatable and robust manufacturing, whilst delivering cost competitive structural performance. We are accountable for delivering and maintaining the Design of the Blades. This includes detailed drawings, assembly drawings, specifications and the Design Bill of Materials. Our job is to provide clear, unambiguous communication of the Design Intent to our Manufacturing colleagues, empowering them to optimize their Manufacturing Process and Tooling within our clear Design Constraints. We are a team of 'Doers' that make things happen. This 'Can Do' attitude is an essential quality for us all. You will quickly see the results of your endeavors, as within months they materialize in Products & Components being manufactured in our Facilities.

The role requires very close collaboration with Production Engineering, Manufacturing, Structural Designers and Prototyping teams to develop the best DfM solutions. The back-bone of our Design Methodology is Design for 6-Sigma (DfSS), which provides the structure and tools to gather the Voice of Customers, select concepts, de-risk & develop designs and manage trials to deliver to optimal solution in our designs. Our projects range from New Product Development of new Blades to Cost-Out initiatives for existing Blades. All with a strong focus on task execution and timely completion of Project Deliverables. A track record in large composite structures using both Pre-Preg and Resin Infusion technologies is advantageous. The successful candidate will take great satisfaction and pride from seeing a 60m composite product flying on Turbines, knowing they played an key role in its design.

You will be the responsible for the Blades that sit on our 3MW Platform, currently V112/V117/V126 & V136. Working very closely with your departmental colleagues, Structures and CAD teams, your responsibility will cover designing and re-designing many of the Blade features and details to ensure Ease of Manufacture. This requires practical experience of the consequences of the design and a deep understanding of what works in the Manufacturing Environment. Also, you will ensure the high quality of the delivered solutions, coaching and leading teams through the design process - Voice of Customer, concept selection, development & de-risking, working with CAD team to create and modify drawings & 3D models, produce specifications, write technical reports, run FMEA's and oversee production trials. Other responsibilities include managing the design changes through our Change Management system with accountability for the drawings, specifications and Design BoM.

Finally, your success will be measured by how little change is subsequently required, how well the design performs in production against our specifications and how effectively the changes are communicated and specified.

  • B.Sc. or BEng. in Engineering or Composites related field (or similar)
  • Extensive experience with large composite structures, preferably Wind Blades.

  • Composite Processing knowledge (Pre-preg and Resin Infusion)
  • Experienced user of DfM tools applied to large composite structures
  • Ability to coach the best solutions from others Engineers
  • Team player that is able to lead and present their opinions and be a 'spring-board' for ideas
  • Enthusiastic and engaged, willing to go the extra mile
  • Good communication with Operators & Engineers.
  • 6-Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt
  • Basic CAD / CREO skills are advantageous

What we offer
  • Competitive salary with potential for annual bonus.
  • Comfortable and modern working environment.
  • Focus on developing individuals to reach their full potential

Additional information
You will be based in either Isle of Wight, UK or Lem, Denmark working with Team members in UK, DK & USA. Expect to travel 1 week in 6, mainly between UK and Dk, or to our Blade Factories around the Globe.

By joining Vestas, you join the only global energy company dedicated 100% to wind energy. Together with our customers, we have installed more than 51.000 turbines in over 70 countries, and we remain committed to increase that number via our superior, cost-effective wind technologies, products and services.
Since Vestas was founded in 1979, Vestas has achieved a market-leading position with more than 60 GW of installed wind turbines or around 19% of total global capacity.
Every day, everyone at Vestas works to make Vestas the undisputed global wind leader and the world's energy mix more sustainable - join us, and be part of ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.