Development Engineer – Off Highway Plant

Automotive, Mechanical, Mechatronics.


Rail-Ability Ltd, established in 1998, has become the industry leader in the design, development and manufacturer of bespoke road rail plant machinery. Our award-wining products are renowned for their inbuilt safety, reliability and performance by a world-wide customer base

As a Development Engineer you will be – involved in development and validation of new designs & existing products. Your solutions must align with the demands of the Rail Plant sector and be validated to rigorous quality specifications.

Key Responsibilities:

Working as part of the Development Engineering Team, you will be accountable for the delivery of specific development projects, in one or more of the following areas:

  • New component and system design, such as structures, operator station, hydraulics, engine systems & electrical systems
  • Validation and test, including, rig testing & whole machine testing. Data logging CAN, temperature, vibration etc using Dewesoft 
  • Build & documentation of prototype machines
  • Refinement of designs based on prototype build & test failures
  • Existing component design improvements to resolve quality issues or save cost
  • Requirements definition including BSI EN ISO standards & critical customer requirements
  • Communication with suppliers to correctly specify components, ensuring quality & reliability
  • Involvement in project timescale and management to meet critical deadlines

You will be given the support and coaching required to develop your technical capability and business understanding. The size and organisation structure of Rail-Ability meant that you will be given responsibility for exciting and challenging projects from the outset of your career in the business. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Degree in Automotive, Agricultural, Mechanical Engineering or similar
  • Demonstrable experience of off highway machinery
  • Demonstrable experience in product test and development
  • Understanding of product build requirements, SOPS and QC procedures
  • Understanding of hydraulic and electrical systems and schematics
  • Desire to challenge both yourself and the organisation on delivery of technically superior, cost-effective designs and solutions
  • Excellent systematic approach to problem solving
  • Strong, organisational planning and time management skills
  • Good written & verbal communication
  • Highly collaborative and team orientated

We have immediate start and summer 2024 start opportunities for this role.


The normal hours of work are 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday with a half hour break. The option of flexitime is available.

Holiday entitlement starts at 28 days. You will then be able to achieve up to 10 additional days of paid time off each year. These 10 additional days will be achieved either through a flexitime policy where overtime can be banked to be taken as paid time off at a later date or through the accrual of additional holiday of one day for each full year of service up to a maximum of 5 days holiday after 5 years’ service.

Rail-Ability offers a chance to make a real contribution in a successful ambitious business. If you would like an initial discussion to see if this role might be right for you, please apply.

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How to Apply

Please email your CV, cover letter and contact details to Ian Harrison, HR Manager at:

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  • Deadline
  • Starting
    Immediate Start
  • Salary
    £36,000 - £38,000 + benefits
  • Degree required
    2:1 and above
  • Location
    Stafford (West Midlands)
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Preferred Disciplines...
  • Automotive
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
Also Accepting...
  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • Manufacturing
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Structural
  • Systems
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