Careers with Zikodrive
At Zikodrive we use creativity, vision and hard work to turn design concepts and ideas into working projects.
As part of this we are constantly on the look out for the right people to join our growing company. As a company with 2 main sites, we are always interested in hearing from people local to these areas – both Calder Valley, West Yorkshire and Bridgwater, Somerset.
If you don’t have considerable experience in the motion control industry but would like to learn, maybe you’re an apprentice or school leaver looking for an opportunity, then please get in touch. Equally, we will always give a fair hearing to those with genuine experience (perhaps through a hobby or alternative course) so if this is you and you would like to take your hobby further then please do get in touch.
If you are interested in working with us please check below for current vacancies. We are very happy to accept applications from people who are interested in working for us, including apprentices. We currently have an office team who deal with enquiries, marketing and our website, an orders team who carry out quality testing, packing and shipping and an engineering team who deal with the design projects. When submitting your CV please state on your cover letter why you would like to work for Zikodrive and which department you would like to work for.
Please send any CVs or requests for more information to Shelley [at] zikodrive.com.
As a result of continuing growth, Zikodrive are looking to recruit two experienced electronic design / embedded programming engineers to help with ongoing projects and to support further anticipated growth in 2021. The candidates will be working closely with the Head of Design to fulfil the electronics element of various projects and will work predominantly on major projects but will also be required to carry out day to day tasks as well as occasional training support.
It is anticipated that the roles will be 90% programming, 10% hardware. However, a good working knowledge of hardware design and its functionality is considered a key pre-requisite.
The job will involve the following;
- Electronic design and programming project work. You will be responsible for taking a project from prototype through to final completion including liaising with customers, production or management staff and other potential stakeholders.
- Monitoring the quality of one’s own work and compliance with requirements of our quality management system.
- Use your in depth knowledge of microcontrollers to select the right components for the right job and then programme them accordingly.
- Use your experience of writing in C to carry out a range of programming tasks – some from scratch and some using pre-existing libraries.
- Reading and understanding relevant datasheets.
- Optimising controllers for a wide range of motors.
- Working with a wide range of (potentially conflicting) specification inputs such as power output, size restrictions, communications protocols required, to work out the best way to take a project forward. You must be able to work with customers to explain these issues and highlight the best route forward.
- Some of the work will be carried out independently. However, for larger projects you will be required to work in a team. The ability to perform well in either situation is key.
- Ability to monitor time taken to do tasks and to accurately predict how long new tasks will take.
- Working under pressure on occasions, including overtime and weekends if required to meet key deadlines.
Engineering Manager and Managing Director
- Electronic or software qualification – degree or technical qualifications preferred.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience with working on electronics projects and evidence of success in completing these.
- The right candidate will either have strong embedded experience or wider electronic hardware design experience. Specialism in either area is acceptable for this role as we are recruiting more than one.
- Understanding / experience of motor control – especially brushless DC / sensorless BLDC motor control.
- Track record of programming micro-controllers with C.
- Be able to read through datasheets in detail, write, implement, and test code in hardware.
- Proven track record of delivering projects on time and on budget and a solid knowledge of how to plan out and develop plans to support this.
- Understanding of various communication protocols (UART, I2C, SPI)
- Experience of micro controller peripherals such as PWM’s, timers, interrupts, and ADC’s and how to integrate them into projects successfully.
- Knowledge of both analogue and digital systems.
- A good understanding of electronics hardware and an ability to read and interpret schematics.
- Fault finding, debugging and working closely with peers to minimise delays.
- Be able to run through code and write thorough and detailed user manuals
- Proven track record of problem solving and troubleshooting.
- Ability to work alone or in part of a team.
- Commitment to learning and personal development.
- Excellent communication skills including ability to take detailed engineering concepts and explain in terms that can be understood by non-technical staff / customers.
- Customer facing experience – role will require liaising directly with customers during specific project work.
- PCB layout from schematic capture.
- Understanding of various motors and control techniques.
- Rework, PCB assembly experience.
The Recruitment Process
- Application / CV assessments.
- Screening calls for candidates to clarify details.
- Phone / Zoom interview.
- Technical assessment.
Please provide a cover letter and up to date CV with applications, explaining why you think you are right for the job and what you could bring to Zikodrive.
The job is an electronics production job for a growing motor control electronics company. The role will cover all aspects of electronic production, from IPC inspection to hand soldering to automated production. The successful applicants will be given industry recognised training courses on both electronic inspection and practical assembly techniques as well as a wealth of on the job training and support.
- Inspection of electronic assemblies to IPC-A-610 Class 3 (following training).
- Through hole component assembly.
- Hand soldering and rework jobs where required (following training).
- A range of general support duties including inputting stock into stock management system, checking deliveries for accuracy, packing and related duties.
- Functional testing of electronics where required.
- There is potential for the right applicant to learn more directly about programming the relevant production equipment such as pick and place machines, automatic printers and reflow ovens, subject to performance and assessment.
- Electronic inspection to IPC-A-610 Class 3 standard.
- Hand soldering and TH soldering techniques to IPC J-STD.
- Potential to develop skills in programming automated equipment such as pick and place machines.