Graduate Engineer – Software Engineer

Software, Mechatronics, Robotics.

About C-Tech:

C-Tech is unique, we’re solving automation challenges in the chilled food manufacturing sector by designing and developing novel, simple systems that aim to reduce the sector’s reliance on manual labour.

Working in one of the fastest moving, complex and dynamic environments, the chilled food sector is an exciting and remarkably difficult challenge. But, we’re different again, unlike other small businesses we’re part of the Seafresh Group, so our biggest client is also part of our ownership structure. This means that we’re essentially an on-site R&D facility with free and open access to a chilled food manufacturer, Blue Earth Foods, who are a top-tier supplier to market-leader Marks and Spencer. 

We’re an equal opportunity employer, and we’re keen to change the face of Engineering especially in the Food sector, if you’re interested in food, interested in software Engineering and want freedom to work and be in control of your destiny then C-Tech is the place to be!

About the role:

Novel start-up C-Tech Automation is seeking to expand their software development capability, with a Graduate Software Engineer with interests and competencies in software programming as well as an interest in mechatronic systems – oh and food!

We’d like you to join our rapidly expanding team to support our current and future equipment designs from simple line-side systems through to our flagship line control Poseidon system.

Technical approach:

We’ve spent the last two years centering on our software platform, technology, and equipment suppliers as well as local fabricators to support our ambitious growth plans.

Using the Beckhoff PLC software as well as Cognex vision systems and Festo pneumatics, we design, develop, build all of our own equipment as always, the projects we work on have no off-the-shelf solutions. 

What you get:

You'll get all the experience and exposure you can handle. With an array of Bambu 3D printers, a CNC machine and well setup workshop you will be right at the cutting-edge of development working in real-time with the rest of the team and deploying when you’re ready we don’t hang around. 

Your development:

Your development is key, you’ll get exposure to everything, led by a Chartered Engineer (IET), C-Tech has experience in the professional registration process and can support your professional development from Incorporated through to Chartered Engineer for the IET and IMechE. 

Key responsibilities:

1. Project Engineering – Software Systems

  • Supporting our lead software Engineer you will work alongside them on our current equipment solutions ranging from simple inline production systems through to our flagship Poseidon system. 
  • We’d like you to start small and gain your confidence, so we have a series of small industrial PLC-controlled systems that we have developed ourselves.
  • We would like you to develop the software using the ST (Structured Text) language in the Beckhoff TwinCAT programming environment on their small PLC’s and in their IPC solutions (eventually).
  • All our systems are connected over the industrial EtherCAT network so you’ll be learning about this, the hardware as well as how to connect to remote devices to generate industrial networks within our equipment. 
  • You will be responsible for tracking development, bug-fixing and testing your own software. 
  • To make sure you stay grounded we’ll have you building some of the hardware too as it’s essential you get familiar with sensors, sensing systems, smart cameras as well as the more mundane issues of cabling and connectivity. 
  • You’ll be responsible for your own documentation, GitHub as well as generating well commented and structured code that can be held on our systems as part of a controlled revision and backup for everything we do. 

2. Project Engineering – Vision and Robotic Systems

  • We’d like you to develop yourself to use collaborative robots (CoBots) and industrial robots from our chosen supplier (KUKA) as well as program simple motion control for our loading and unloading solutions.  

3. Technical Compliance

  • Program in a structured, readable, and commented manner using text-based programming languages such are IEC61131-3, Python etc. 
  • Undertake training from key suppliers to expand knowledge and develop industrial programming skills. 
  • Undertake safety programming to ensure the safe operation of the equipment in an industrial setting. 
  • Support in recommendations of new technology that is appropriate and develops the team to expand our capability. 
  • Support in achieving UKCA certification for their equipment.

4. Sales

  • Support C-Tech team in generating commercial revenue by supporting customer visits, attending tradeshows, presenting the C-Tech business, and creating case-studies of significant project work. 
  • Promote C-Tech through social media platforms as well as generate case studies of your significant work for potential customers to browse. 
  • Undertake basic sales training (SPIN) to enable greater understanding of working with customers, handling their attitudes and needs with a view to generating opportunities to quote. 

5. Administration

  • Work with C-Tech team in generating commercial proposals including supporting the generation of project quotes, and project plans using SCRUM or agile methodology.
  • Maintain project files and folders using MS Teams to include up-to-date hardware  
  • Work with the C-Tech team to ensure that the office and workshop is professional while maintaining a productive and exciting atmosphere.
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  • Location
    Redditch (Worcestershire)
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Systems
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  • Information Technology
  • Web Development
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