Mechanical Engineer


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Mechanical Engineer
Salary: Depending on experience.

Hours: Full time

Location: Estover, Plymouth, Devon

The Role:

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Mechanical Engineer. The successful candidate will take a leading, hands-on role in the assembly of the mechanical aspects of our hydrometallurgical facility. Ensure all corrective and preventative maintenance activities are fulfilled, in accordance with industrial standards and clearly defined SOPs (Standard operating procedures).

What Youll Do:

Design and Engineering:

  • Support the mechanical design and engineering activities for the pilot chemical processing plant, ensuring adherence to industry standards and safety regulations.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop plant operational procedures using OEM equipment specifications & purpose build equipment.
  • Maintain plant equipment including pumps, pipework, filter systems, extraction systems, chemical scrubbers, furnaces etc.

Equipment Selection and Procurement:

  • Evaluate and select appropriate mechanical equipment and components to optimise plant efficiency and reliability.
  • Support the chemical process engineer & work closely with vendors and suppliers to procure high-quality materials and equipment, considering cost-effectiveness and project timelines.

Installation and Commissioning:

  • Oversee the installation and commissioning of mechanical systems, ensuring compliance with design specifications and safety protocols.
  • Supervise maintenance teams to troubleshoot and resolve any mechanical issues during the installation & commissioning phases.
  • Develop detailed drawings and documentation for manufacturing and construction SOPs.

Maintenance and Reliability:

  • Develop and implement preventive maintenance programmes to ensure the ongoing reliability of mechanical systems and equipment.
  • Conduct regular inspections and audits to identify opportunities for improvement and optimise equipment performance.

Process Optimisation:

  • Work closely with the process engineering team to optimise mechanical systems for maximum efficiency and operational effectiveness.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve any mechanical-related issues that may impact the overall performance of the chemical processing plant.
  • Design modifications to existing pilot plant equipment under MOC (management of change).
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure project success.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field.
  • Proven experience in mechanical design, engineering, and project management, ideally within the chemical processing industry.
  • Familiarity with chemical process industry equipment design.
  • In-depth knowledge of mechanical systems, equipment, and components used in chemical plants or similar fluid-handling industries.
  • Strong understanding of piping, pumping & filtering engineering principles.
  • Proven experience in sizing, modelling, and drafting industrial equipment.
  • Familiarity with industry codes, standards, and safety regulations.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong commitment to quality and safety.
  • Proficiency with Autodesk software family for design and modelling purposes.

About Us:

Altilium is a UK-based clean technology group supporting the transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon.

Our vision is for a circular and domestic EV battery supply chain, where the critical minerals powering the energy transition are safely recovered from recycling end-of-life EV batteries and mine tailings, saving natural resources, and reducing mining.

We are developing the green processing technologies and building at-scale recycling infrastructure to decarbonise the automotive supply chain, providing the lowest carbon, most eco-friendly battery materials for a cleaner transport future.

This is your opportunity to be in at the beginning of the sixth wave industrial revolution, providing circular energy solutions to the UK and Europe as part of a global team.

We’re working to be an inclusive employer and we encourage people from all backgrounds, ways of thinking and working to apply. We love that everyone brings different perspectives and experiences.

We strive to eliminate any barriers that might prevent individuals from showcasing their skills and qualifications. If you require adjustments at any stage of the application process or to the role, please let us know and we’ll see how we can accommodate them.

Job Type: Full-time

Application question(s):

  • Do you have proven experience in mechanical design, engineering, and project management, ideally within the chemical processing industry?


  • Bachelor's (required)

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Work Location: In person