Predictive Maintenance Development Engineer (KTP Associate)

Glasgow Caledonian University / Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Ltd 
Location: Livingston
Salary: £39,000 per annum
Closing Date: 5th November 2020

The Predictive Maintenance Development Engineer (KTP Associate) will be an employee of Glasgow Caledonian University but will be based at Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd headquarters in Livingston with regular supervision meetings with the University’s supervisory team.  This is a full-time/fixed term opportunity for 36 months.

An additional £6,000 training and development budget is available for this opportunity.

The Role
The KTP Associate will be taking a leading role in the deployment of Industry 4.0 technologies and predictive analytics for condition monitoring within the Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe factory. The factory is undertaking a dramatic transformation to become a new Smart Factory to help to increase efficiency, capacity and maintain the workforce within the plant. During this process the Associate will also be guided to generate high quality academic research publications and disseminate their work at international conferences.

A minimum of a higher degree (preferably having an MSc, MEng or PhD, in Electronic Engineering, Mechatronics, Electro-mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or relevant Engineering Science subject area which includes numerical and software skills is required coupled with a desire to work in a manufacturing environment.

They should also have:

  • Knowledge of Industry 4.0 technologies.
  • Experience with one of the following software languages: Python, or C++
  • Innovative and Creative thinking skills.
  • Excellent numerical and computational skills.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills.
  • The ability to work under minimal supervision and within multi-skilled teams.
  • The ability to take initiative and project manage.
  • Willingness to travel.

The post also includes a generous development budget for training, travel, conference attendance and equipment.

Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Limited
Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd (M-ACE) is a manufacturing base, located in Livingston, Scotland, which manufactures air-conditioning and heat-pump systems as part of the global Mitsubishi Electric portfolio of products, supplying into mainly Europe, Middle East and Africa. M-ACE is the sole European manufacturer in the ME Corporate structure of heat pump systems for the European domestic market. It is an overseas subsidiary company of Shizuoka Works in Japan, and forms a part of the Living Environment & Digital Media Equipment Group of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.

The M-ACE business itself is a very vertically integrated manufacturer, with several primary manufacturing processes including traditional pressing, moulding, welding and brazing as well as advanced robotic handling systems, testing systems, Helium leak detection systems, refrigerant charging and monitoring processes and assembly processes. With a turnover of c. £210m and a healthy expected growth path, the company’s product range sits at the forefront of modern Air Conditioning and Heat Pump solutions, and it is well positioned to capitalise on the swing towards more environmentally-friendly heating and cooling solutions throughout European and UK markets.

There is a possibility that Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe Ltd may recruit the Associate at the end of the project.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership
This project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. KTP Associates spend around 10% of their time in training and development and are offered the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Management. You will be employed by the University but your role will be based at the company. Many KTP Associates are offered a permanent role with their company at the end of the KTP project. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position. Please visit:

Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow Caledonian University is a vibrant, multi-cultural and modern university in the centre of Glasgow, and is placed amongst the top 50 universities globally (THE Impact rankings, 2020).  Our welcoming community of 20,000 students, from more than 100 countries, enjoy a wide range of award-winning support services and state of the art facilities across each of our campuses in Glasgow, London and New York.  Our University mission - with its commitment to the Common Good and core values of integrity, creativity, responsibility and confidence - is integral to everything we do.

Further details on this post are available by contacting Professor Gordon Morison ( Head of Department Computing at Glasgow Caledonian University or  Professor Babakalli Alkali (

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality and diversity, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

The School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment is committed to promoting equality and diversity, and is a holder of an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. 

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for applicants with a disability during the recruitment process.

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Applicants must have the continued right to live and work in the United Kingdom to apply for this vacancy.

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