Junior Thermal Engineer

Starting Salary: Competitive | Type: Permanent | Location: Colchester, Essex


The Company

Concurrent Technologies is an internationally known manufacturer of single board computer products, primarily for the CompactPCI, VME, VPX and MicroTCA bus architectures. Our products are designed and developed totally in-house, and use leading-edge Intel microprocessors and a range of peripheral components. Increasingly, many of our products are designed to be produced in a ruggedized form, to operate in much harsher environments than standard commercial products. We sell into many different markets around the world, and in particular we have many customers in the telecommunications, aerospace and defence sectors.

We have development sites in the UK, India and the USA, with additional sales and technical support offices in the USA and China. We need to expand our development capability further by adding a Junior Thermal Engineer to our team in Colchester, UK.

The Job

Our Thermal Engineers provide key design inputs to the electronics hardware team, and are also very involved in the verification stages of product development, as well as providing on-going support to the design teams in all three countries and to the UK production team. Among the engineer’s responsibilities are the following:

  • Designing, developing and testing thermal solutions for both convection and conduction cooled products.
  • Liaising with the hardware and PCB design engineers to agree optimal layout and construction of the boards.
  • Simulating and analysing thermal performance of the products, and implementing any necessary corrections.
  • Thermal and mechanical testing of new products and components.
  • Developing and improving our mechanical and thermal design procedures and practises.
  • Maintaining awareness of new technologies.


Candidates should be graduates in a relevant discipline – previous design and analysis experience in an industrial environment is not required. They must be able to demonstrate an ability to learn quickly and should ideally be familiar with some or all of the following:

  • An understanding of the principles behind designing thermal solutions for both convection cooled and conduction cooled electronic products.
  • Thermal simulation using Flotherm or Flotherm XT or similar product.
  • Analysis of thermal characteristics at component level in excess of 40W, and at board level in excess of 60W.
  • Mechanical design skills, ideally using SolidWorks, for creating or at least modifying solid model designs for heat sinks and other items.
  • Following a thermal design process.
  • An appreciation of general production machining processes.

In addition to technical skills, the candidate must be independent and self-motivated but also be able to interact with other engineers both locally and overseas.


Very competitive salary package. Company-supported private pension scheme. Non-contributory private medical and health insurance schemes.

Starting Salary: Competitive | Type: Permanent | Location: Colchester, Essex