Robotics Engineer (Mechanical Bias)

Deadline for applications Sunday 2 May 2021.


BladeBUG is an ambitious clean-tech company based in London developing robotics to inspect, maintain and repair offshore wind turbines. Our mission is to accelerate the sustainable green energy transition through the use of robotics and automation to enhance both sustainability and quality of employment through provision of safe and upskilled working.

In October 2020 our robot performed the world's first robotic bladewalk on an offshore turbine and in 2021 we are expanding our team to meet the increased interest and demand for our products and services. Like many tech companies, we started small, but we now have the opportunity to develop our team and become a diverse and representative organisation.

We are a friendly and transparent team working to create a productive and diverse culture based on trust. We offer technically stretching work, a competitive salary and a great environment.

The Role

You’ll be working alongside software, electrical and mechanical engineers to develop a fully integrated robotic solution. Focusing on the mechanical systems, you’ll be developing new tools for performing detailed inspections and repairs to the composite blades, and improving existing mechanical systems with added reliability and robustness.

Your work will take place at the intersection of hardware, electronics, software, testing and design. You’ll be expected to:

  • Generate design requirements, identify risk areas and produce innovative design solutions
  • Develop 3D CAD and engineering drawings for components of the robot as well as test rigs for manufacture
  • Assist with patent applications
  • Liaise and coordinate with external manufacturers and suppliers
  • Create and maintain technical documentation.
  • Demonstrate working systems with experimental validation to establish their operational limits
  • Work on the design, prototyping, build and testing of the robot
  • Assist with assembling the robot and sub-systems for testing during development
  • Integrate robotics with peripherals, such as grinders, paint rollers, inspection equipment, IMUs, torque sensors or other equipment
  • Assist with robot capabilities and functionality i.e. tools, optimisation etc
  • Attend and conduct field trials and customer demonstrations

Who we're looking for

We are looking for someone who has a passion for robotics and wants to see their hard work have a positive change on the environment.


  • An advanced knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical mechanical design and development.
  • Experience of design for manufacture
  • Knowledge of different manufacturing techniques (including rapid prototyping and small-scale production)
  • Experience with complex mechanical systems
  • Hands-on experience of building and testing robots and/or drones
  • Able to communicate clearly and understand complex technical details
  • Experience with robotics, sensors and systems using ROS and C++
  • Organised, professional and able to balance multiple priorities


  • Knowledge and experience with: SLAM, computer vision, lidar, point clouds, GNU/Linux,
  • Experience using workshop tools and CNC equipment for rapid prototyping and development (laser cutting, 3D printing (FDM, SLS), CNC routing etc.)

What we offer

You will be joining us early in the formation of the engineering team giving you the ability to shape the technology, tools, processes and culture of the company.

Key Benefits

  • This is a full time position has a salary range of £40 to £45k dependent on experience
  • Twenty-five days a year holiday
  • Pension contributions
  • Flexible working hours and locations to help everyone be their most productive
  • Training and support for professional development including mentoring for chartering and areas outside of your core role

Additional Perks

  • The opportunity to play an integral role in building a company in a high growth, sustainable industry
  • Regular team socials (we specialise in our own pizza dough making!)
  • This role will continue to grow and develop with the company
  • A vibrant workspace shared with other innovative hardware companies in the heart of London Bridge
  • Regular travel around the UK (and potentially further) to test robots on operating wind turbines

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter outlining your experience and what you believe you can bring to the team to

At this stage of our company growth, we cannot offer relocation or visa sponsorship and you must be eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

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