R&D Prototype Technician at
Design Partners

The Opportunity

About Us 

Design Partners is a product design and innovation agency located in Bray, just south of Dublin city. 

Everyone at Design Partners shares the same goal, to elevate human potential. 

We collaborate with ambitious brands to create future product experiences that enable people to achieve incredible things.

Please note: This is a full-time role based in Bray, Dublin. If successful, you will be expected to work from our studio. 

The Opportunity 

We are looking for exceptional, creative, curious and collaborative R&D Prototype Technician to join our team. You will have the chance to impact products developed for some of the biggest brands in the world while solving complex and ambitious engineering problems. 

You will take a key role working in a fast-paced, collaborative and supportive environment, surrounded by people who want to deliver the very best for our clients.

You will operate in multi-functional teams where our technicians work closely with our engineers, designers and researchers to deliver new and exciting products and experiences.

You will be responsible for assisting in the design, manufacture and assembly of prototype parts for the next generation of products for multiple clients.

We recognise unique talent through professional development and career progression, which is tailored to the individual’s needs, facilitating the growth of every team member and equipping them with the tools they need to excel.

Design Partner offers a competitive package with benefits commensurate with experience

Role Specifics

You will work across the whole development lifecycle for clients, offering a rare opportunity to work on early concept ideas and to see your ideas launched in the market.

Clients approach us with unique challenges that require a creative outlook and an adaptable skill set.

You will be responsible for the fabrication of prototype electromechanical devices using internal manufacturing processes and through external vendors.

You must have a knowledge and hands on experience of manufacturing and fabrication processes and equipment including CNC Milling, 3D Printing and Laser Cutting – with a knowledge of Heidenhain CNC controllers a significant plus.

You must have experience using CAM packages and programming of CNC equipment with 3D Machining experience essential – knowledge of PowerMill and PowerShape a significant plus.

You should have experience in 3D Computer Aided Design packages such as SolidWorks, Creo or Fusion360.

You must have strong problem-solving skills and superb attention to detail.

You should be flexible and capable of working on own initiative with the ability to plan, program, set-up and operate a variety of machine tools with excellent time management and planning skills.

You are familiar with proper workshop safety and housekeeping practices and are comfortable completing daily equipment maintenance.

Experience with finishing processes including polishing, painting, anodising etc is a significant plus.

Your Personality: 

  • Someone who shows initiative and is creative – you solve problems.  
  • You are comfortable with complexity and ambiguity. 
  • You are an excellent communicator and collaborator
  • You don’t get flustered, aggravated or annoyed easily. You understand that sometimes the goalposts shift.  
  • You love to share. You can mentor, develop and guide members of the team. 
  • Most importantly, you understand you are part of a team 

How to stand out among the rest: 

Your resume/CV is enough to show off your skills, accomplishments and experience. However, if you want to stand out, include a cover letter telling us a bit about yourself, why you became an modelmaker / machinist / technician and why you think Design Partners is the right fit for you. If you had some examples of your work, be that professional or personal, we would love to see that too.  

Our clients include Dell, Logitech, Cricut, Harman, Huawei, HP, Nokia Bell Labs, Abbott, Hollister, Medtronic and Honeywell to name but a few. We’re seeking a self-motivated, meticulous and highly skilled problem solver who is passionate about achieving success for our clients, the business and yourself. 



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