Profile

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

Versatile and experienced Mechanical Engineer with knowledge of powertrain components and systems in the automotive sector. Working abroad has enabled me to grasp an understanding of diverse working approaches and how to lead projects involving international teams. Strong desire to continuously learn and face new challenges in order for self-improvement.

Key Skills

  • Project Management
  • Test design, instrumentation and data analysis (Matlab)
  • Component design and solid modelling (Solidworks)
  • Model Based Development – Hydraulic Components & Systems (Siemens AMESim)

Technical Experience

October 2015 – Present

Denso Sales Ltd, Coventry

DENSO are a leading tier one supplier of automotive technology, systems and components. for major automotive manufacturers. As a global company they supply all major automotive manufacturers.

  • Vehicle and engine testing to gain understanding of component functions and interactions with systems. Experience of test requirements, emission equipment and data acquisition during testing of standardised emission drive cycles such as NEDC and WLTC.
  • For all projects and daily tasks, I have dedicated time to process improvement and documentation. A key example of this is developing an analysis tool using MATLAB to process high sample rate vehicle signals and produce a variety of easy to read graphs and tables for use in reports and presentations.
  • Currently I am a project leader responsible for all advanced engineering projects for a major automotive OEM. Through regular project planning, meetings and issue tracking I maintain an appropriate level of communication to enable collaboration between teams in multiple countries.
  • Continuing to use model-based development for simulation of components and systems. Capturing trends within the European market, I design studies in order to identity improvement areas based on current and future potential challenges.
    Recently prepared and delivered a presentation at a technical conference, ensuring that all communication was clear and easy to understand.
January 2017 – September 2017

DENSO Corporation, Nagoya, Japan

DENSO headquarters are based in Japan where they employ monozukuri (the art of making things) and manage customers and partners around the world.

  • As part of the graduate programme attended an 8-month training assignment to develop my technical skills and overall vehicle knowledge.
  • Began involvement with customer projects, designing and testing injectors based on customer requirements. This required skill in spray development with consideration for injector characteristics, manufacturing and engine operation.
  • Specialised in learning multi-domain model-based development using Siemens AMESim. Modelling and simulation of existing component to understand how they could be improved using parameter studies and design of experiment.
September 2011 – July 2015

UWE Formula Student Team, Bristol

Formula Student is an international competition that challenges teams of University students to design, build and race a fully working race car.

  • While developing new skills in design and manufacturing, I used my existing skills to create the team’s first website. I continued to regularly update the website and all social media.
  • Through collaboration with other team members I 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 leading and 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 organised and taught a small group of first year students the fundamentals of computer aided design through small classroom workshops.
July 2013 – March 2014

Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, Worcester

Mazak are a large global manufacturer of computer-controlled machine tools. Worcester is the European headquarters and main manufacturing site.

  • As part of my University course, I joined Mazak on an external work placement for nine months
    Initially worked with various teams on the factory floor in order to understand material flow and interaction between different departments.
  • Through consultation with team members, I identified irregularities in the build process. Utilising process improvement, standardisation and documentation, I created an assembly guide for a series of CNC lathes. The guide was used for reference and to teach new employees.
  • Supported members of the design team, adapting product designs to suit the European market with consideration for manufacturing differences.
  • Tailored bespoke machine options to meet specific customer requirements. This involved skills such as requirement capture, solid modelling using Solidworks, producing technical drawings and issuing documentation.
  • Negotiation and communication skills were developed through regular discussions with a diverse range of people including customers, staff and external suppliers
April 2013 –
July 2013

Global Design Solutions Ltd, Bristol

GDS provide bespoke wireless lighting components and systems to theatres worldwide

  • During assembly I developed an understanding of process efficiency, streamlining repetitive tasks in order to save time and strain.
  • Technical tasks such as soldering, quality control and fault identifying required a high attention to detail to ensure the product was manufactured to the highest standard

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*.

Interests

  • Strong interest in travelling abroad, immersing in local culture and learning languages. Currently learning German and Japanese.
  • Regularly active and outdoors enjoying running, cycling and especially skiing.
  • Strong interest in sustainable engineering, alternative energy and designing for the future
  • Interest in Photography to practice creativity with venture into filmography, creativity, graphic and web development
  • Self-taught interest in web development and creative design using HTML, CSS and WordPress. This has been useful in creating this personal portfolio(danicklin.co.uk)

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

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