Profile

Name: Daniel Nicklin
Location: Coventry, United Kingdom
Occupation: Powertrain Systems Engineer
Email: contact@danicklin.co.uk

Versatile Mechanical Engineer that can quickly adapt to new and changing situations. During a nine month work placement I developed creative and innovative solutions while working within set resource and time constraints. Keen to learn new skills and gain valuable experience, but also willing to share knowledge and teach others.

Technical Skills

  • Proficient at using Solidworks, producing accurate models and technical engineering drawings
    Working knowledge of conducting FEA and CFD simulations using Ansys and Abaqus CAE packages
  • Basic knowledge of Visual Basic, and web development using HTML, CSS and WordPress. This has been useful in running this personal blog
  • Adept at using all Microsoft Office Applications, producing professional reports and presentations
  • Self-taught knowledge in electrical systems and the application of microcontrollers with experience of the Arduino environment
  • Competent and comfortable at using workshop equipment including milling machines and lathes in a safe manner
  • Experienced in producing components using a variety of hand-on methods including, wood work, fibre glassing and metal fabrication

Additional Skills

  • Affiliate member of the IMechE, with a desire to achieve chartered status
  • Certified first aider (HSE: First aid at work course)
  • Experienced driver with a full clean UK driving license (5 Years)
  • Strong interest in travelling and learning languages. Currently learning German and Japanese

Interests

  • As a new member of the University’s Ski Race Team, I regularly attend both training and social events. I have vastly improved my skiing and taken part in competitive races against other Universities.
  • I enjoy visiting live music events in and around Bristol including festivals, small clubs and bars.
  • Strong interest in sustainable engineering, alternative energy and designing for the future.

Technical Experience

October 2015 – Present

Denso Sales Ltd, Coventry

  • Involved in the design and development of fuel injection components and systems
September 2011 – July 2015

UWE Formula Student Team, Bristol

  • I joined the relatively new student Motorsport team during my first year of University; as a team the set task is to design, build and test a working single seat race car.
  • While developing new skills in design and manufacturing, I used my existing skills to create the team website and blog. I continue to maintain the website and provide technical support (www.uweracing.com).
  • Through collaboration with other team members I have learnt a number of new skills including marketing, accounting and designing and manufacturing components.
  • During my second year, I became the Electrical Team Leader. This involved managing a small team to design and build components of the electrical system for our car.
  • While on placement I continued to advise the team in key areas; then returned to the role of Electrical Team Leader to provide support during the year’s competition.
  • In my final year of University I taught a small group of first year students the fundamentals of computer aided design through small classroom sessions.
July 2013 – March 2014

Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, Worcester

  • Nine month work placement with Mazak, who are a large global manufacturer of machine tools.
  • Initially supported workers in various roles while moving around the factory floor; experienced technical processes including machining, sheet metal fabrication and assembly.
  • Developed an assembly guide for a series of CNC lathes. Through consultation with workers, the build process was standardised and improved. The guide was used for reference and to teach new employees.
  • Assisted in converting the current paper based training records to a single accessible database. In collaboration with various departments, the system requirements were discussed and implemented.
  • Supported members of the design team, adapting designs for the European market.
  • Tailored bespoke machine options to meet specific customer requirements, producing technical drawings, parts lists and issue documentation.
  • Often liaised with a diverse range of people including staff and external suppliers, negotiating the applications and costs of components.
April 2013 –
July 2013

Global Design Solutions Ltd, Bristol

  • GDS provide bespoke wireless lighting systems to theatres and other businesses.
  • Due to high demand of their products, many tasks had to be performed efficiently, repetitive processes were stream lined to save time and strain.
  • Some tasks required a high attention to detail to ensure the product was manufactured to the highest standard.
November 2009 –  February 2010

Fluid Solutions, Worcester

  • New start-up Computer Repair Shop working as a computer technician
  • This required good customer service and to work in a timely and professional manner.
  • Troubleshooting both hardware and software problem, making repairs or replacing components where required
  • Care and patience required when working on customer machines, especially while working on home call-outs

Education

2011 – 2015

University of West England, Bristol

First Class Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Hons)
This degree is accredited by the IMechE and the Engineering Council

Final Year Modules Included: Energy Technologies, Computational Methods, Composite Engineering and Dynamics and Control

Previous Modules Included: Group Project and Management, Stress and Dynamics, Thermodynamics and Fluids, Mechatronics, Electrical Interfaces and Mathematics

2008 – 2011

Worcester Sixth Form College, Worcester

AS Levels Studied: Chemistry (C), Photography(A)
A Levels Studied: Computing(C), Physics(B), Maths(C)

2003 – 2008

The Chantry High School, Worcester

Attained 13 GCSE’s with grades ranging from C to A*.

 

You can contact me via email and I will provide a (.pdf) version of my CV on request.

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