Profile

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

Versatile and experienced Mechanical Engineer with experience of powertrain systems in the automotive sector. Previously working abroad has enabled me to grasp an understanding of diverse working approaches and how to encourage cooperation within a team. Strong desire to continuously learn and face new challenges in order for self-improvement.

Key Skills

  • Test Design and Data Analysis
  • System and Component Simulation (Problem Solving)
  • Component Design and Visualisation (Creativity)
  • Project Management

Technical Experience

October 2015 – Present

Denso Sales Ltd, Coventry

DENSO are a leading supplier of automotive technology for major automotive manufacturers. They place a strong focus on research and development to create many “world firsts”.

  • Enrolled on two year graduate programme, graduating October 2017
  • Development of key competencies through training sessions:
    • Presentation skills
    • Team Dynamics
    • Negotiation skills
    • Cultural training
    • Project management
    • Design standards
  • Understanding of differences in culture and working approach through working with a variety of colleagues and having the opportunity to visit other offices and factories
  • Developed overall automotive knowledge, specialising in gasoline fuel systems
  • Electromechanical, electrical, fluid dynamics
    Detailed test planning
  • Vehicle and component procurement
  • Vehicle benchmarking
  • Instrumentation and measurement
  • Development of computer tools and programs to aid analysis
  • Process improvement, standardisation and documentation
  • Component testing
  • Project leader responsible for advanced engineering projects for a major automotive OEM
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.

  • Eight-month extended assignment at DENSO headquartersDevelopment of detailed fuel system knowledge
  • Knowledge development through specific training and first-hand experience
  • Meet customer expectations and negotiation
  • Spray development considerations
September 2011 – July 2015

UWE Formula Student Team, Bristol

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

  • 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

Mazak are a large global manufacturer of computer controlled machine tools, Worcester being the manufacturing site for majority of European sales.

  • Formed part of University course, external work placement for nine months
  • 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*.

Interests

  • Strong interest in travelling abroad, immersing in local culture and learning languages. Currently learning German and Japanese.
  • Enjoy visiting live music events in and around Bristol including festivals, small clubs and bars
  • Regular sporting activities including cycling, running, football and skiing
  • Strong interest in sustainable engineering, alternative energy and designing for the future
  • Interest in Photography to practice creativity with web development
  • Self-taught interest in web development and creative design using HTML, CSS and WordPress. This has been useful in running my personal blog (danicklin.co.uk)

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

personal blog and work portfolio