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A Day in the Life of… A Mechanical Design Engineer at Connected Energy

We spoke to Charlie Wilson, a Junior Mechanical Design Engineer based at our technical centre in Hethel, Norfolk.

09/05/2024

The ‘A Day in the Life of…’ series is designed to introduce the different roles and a cross-section of team members across our Newcastle, Norfolk and remote-working teams.

Charlie has been part of Connected Energy for almost three years and his role as a Junior Mechanical Design Engineer is a new direction from his original role as an Engineering Coordinator, highlighting the expansive opportunities for developing your career and expertise whilst at Connected Energy.

With a Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree, an Energy Engineering master’s degree, and a completed design engineering placement at British Sugar, Charlie joined Connected Energy in 2021.

Charlie says: “My daily tasks are mostly design-focused, but this can be around anything from creating racking or enclosure designs for components like batteries or inverters of all shapes and sizes, to creating the designs for a bespoke tool to assist onsite engineers with system maintenance.

“I also spend a lot of time creating manufacturing drawings and liaising with the supply chain throughout the ordering process, as well as creating instruction manuals where necessary.”

Another big element of Charlie’s role is communicating and sharing his plans with the engineering and software teams, as well as discussing future customer projects and product developments.

Charlie adds: “I work closely with other mechanical design engineers, sharing ideas and thoughts for products and challenges we come across, as well as discussing projects with the electrical and controls teams as we need our designs to allow for cabling, secure mounting and cooling.”

Having moved into his design engineering role almost a year ago, Charlie has already played a major part in our product development. His proudest achievement is the completion of our new battery rack removal platform.

Creating the battery rack removal platform allows us to remove the battery racks off our 300kW/360kWh system without a forklift, saving time and money on most regular maintenance, and I’m delighted to have taken this from concept, to design, to stress analysis, manufacture, test and launch.

Charlie Wilson, Junior Mechanical Design Engineer, Connected Energy

Reflecting on his time since he joined Connected Energy, Charlie added: “When I completed my Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree at the beginning of the Covid pandemic, engineering roles were scarce, so I took the chance to go back to university to complete my Energy Engineering master’s degree.

“After earning my master’s degree, I got offered a role within Connected Energy as an energy coordinator which gave me valuable experience and wider business awareness of what it’s like in an engineering start-up.

“When the company expanded in 2023, I jumped at the chance to take the role I now have, and I feel like a key part of the engineering team as a mechanical design engineer. I appreciated the time I had as a coordinator as it provided valuable transferable experience which strengthens my current position.”

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