Mechanical FEA Engineer

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Mechanical FEA Engineer

BlueHeart Energy Alkmaar

What is required?

  • Completed MSc Mechanical degree
  • Minimum 5 years' work experience
  • FEA and fatigue analysis experience, knowledge of thermal analyses is a plus
  • Knowledge of materials, such as metals, elastomers and plastics
  • Ability to propose design modifications
  • Good command of the English language, both verbally and in writing
  • Able and willing to work in a start-up environment, goal and team oriented

What will you get?

  • €3.500 - €5.500 gross p/m (depending on knowledge and experience)
  • 40-hour working week
  • 25 days holiday
  • Training opportunities
  • Company Phantom shares, laptop and SIM card EU+USA
  • Pension scheme

What will you do?

  • 30% Giving advice + writing (advisory) reports
  • 30% Performing mechanical analyses
  • 20% Internal meetings
  • 10% Meetings with suppliers
  • 10% Drawing up specifications for analyses

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Vacancy

As a Mechanical FEA Engineer at BlueHeart Energy, you are responsible for performing mechanical analysis of the BlueHeart Energy heat pump. A first prototype is currently being produced and the company is now optimising it into a mass-producible design. You contribute to this by using FEM software to calculate which parts are the best for the heat pump.

When designing a unique heat pump, the Engineering team faces several technical challenges. The choice of the right materials is limited, as it depends on the internal pressure, the number of pressure changes and the internal temperatures in the heat pump. You support the team by analysing dynamic membranes, pistons, cylinders and structural components made of steel, aluminium and plastic. In doing so, you try to find out whether the parts meet all mechanical requirements and, for example, have long-term fatigue and creep resistance. Based on your findings, you advise the Engineering Team and indicate product optimisations.

You are part of the Engineering Team, which consists of several Engineers, a Designer, an Analyst and a Project Leader. You work closely with the Designer to develop an idea to a workable product. Furthermore, you will be working in a lively development environment, where you have the opportunity to be creative.

If you enjoy supporting a team by researching materials in depth, and find it challenging to do so within an organisation where there is a lot of change, then this is a job for you.

Working week

Structural Engineer

On an enjoyable day, you make a mechanical analysis of a heat pump component. Based on the results, you come up with a proposal for improvement, which you present to your colleagues and then discuss it with them.

On a less enjoyable day, you get stuck making the calculations, struggle with the software or fail to do qualitative analysis. Sometimes this is just bad luck, but you may also need to try a different approach.

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Firsthand experience

You get the question from the Engineering team whether the strength of a pressure vessel meets all the requirements. How do you formulate an answer to this?

You first gather the information needed for proper analysis to determine the strength. What are the relevant pressures and temperatures? And what are the regulatory requirements? You process this information in a specification of the analysis. Then you determine whether it makes sense to outsource the analysis or to carry it out yourself: sometimes you do not have the resources to perform a good analysis yourself. In the case of outsourcing, you guide the relevant supplier. If you carry out the analysis yourself, you determine which software is most suitable for this purpose. You then perform the calculations and interpret the results, after which you report them and finally come up with a substantiated design proposal.

Growth

The career growth path at Blue Heart Energy is not fixed. The company expects to grow fast in the coming years, generating opportunities for all those who are ready to assume new responsibilities. BHE supports training and courses, and sharing knowledge is very important among employees. The main advantage of the start up and scale up phase is that self-initiative is really appreciated, and you can create your own job. As Blue Heart Energy grows, you grow along with them.

Mechanical FEA Engineer

Working at BlueHeart Energy

BlueHeart Energy was founded in 2016 to apply thermoacoustics as a technology in heat pumps. Thermoacoustics is a disruptive approach to generate heat and cold, with potential to revolutionize the whole industry. Over the past seven years, BHE has developed a thermoacoustic engine to power heat pumps in residential buildings. This so called 'Blue Heart' of a heat pump is sold to manufacturers. In the coming years, the 'Blue Heart' will have to be further developed and optimized. Besides this, we will set up our production facility, strengthen the relationships with our customers (Manufacturers of heat pumps) and set up pilot projects in houses and monitor these.

  • Headquarters in Alkmaar
  • 33 employees
  • Active in more than 10 countries
  • 20% / 80%
  • Average age 38 years
  • Casual
  • Hybrid working

Colleagues

Alireza Moradi (28) - Project engineer in R&D department

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Before this, I studied thermoacoustics during my master and PhD program and I was always eager to combine thermoacoustics with an environmentally friendly system. I came across Blue Hear energy's website during my research period and I was an immediate fan. When Michiel pitched all his ideas to me, I only thought about one thing:when can I start?

What was your previous job?
Before joining Blue Heart Energy company, I was busy with PhD program at Tarbiat Modares University besides doing some research for aerospace institute.

What do you do in your spare time?
Playing football, inline skating and of course still working on PhD.

Michiel Hartman (52) - CEO

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I founded Blue Heart because sustainable heating and cooling is one of the biggest challenges in the energy transition. Thermoacoustics is one of the game changers to make this possible. A complex technique with great impact which requires a great team with various specialties. Building Blue Heart on all these aspects is my big motivator.

What was your previous job?
Founder of QWIC electric bicycles and president of the Branch Association of Electric Transport. I was also temporary Project Manager of large heat projects in The Netherlands.

What do you do in your spare time?
Tennis, skiing, family, outdoor sports (workouts and water sports).

Myrthe Kuijf (27) - Research Engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I started working at BlueHeart through my traineeship at Talent for Transition. I studied technical physics and I want to use my knowledge to contribute to the energy transition. At BlueHeart, I have the opportunity to do this as part of a team.

What did you study?
Student Technical Physics

What do you do in your spare time?
Reading and propagating plants

Roelof Schuitema (50) - Technical Sales Manager

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I was involved in multiple renewable energy projects including Blue Heart Energy's heat pump. When the project spun off into a startup, I seized the opportunity to work full time at Blue Heart. My work brings innovation, development and the application of sustainable technology together, with the entire company operating as a team. That's the ideal working environment for me, and that's what makes working at Blue Heart so great.

What was your previous job?
Operationeel manager at Teamwork Technology.

What do you do in your spare time?
Hiking, camping en spending time with my kids.

Haico Halbesma (53) - Chief Financial Officer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Blue Heart's Energy goal to green the built environment in terms of heating and cooling appealed to me greatly. This combined with the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team on the complex challenge of applying this clean solution widely, bringing it to the market on a large scale and getting it produced in the Netherlands.

What was your previous job?
Director.

What do you do in your spare time?
Sailing.

Adam Zeman (24) - R&D Intern

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I was introduced to the field of thermoacoustic during one of the university lectures and got instantly hooked. Since we were required to do a mandatory internship as a part of our studies, I instantly knew where to look. Blue Heart Energy was the company that caught my attention from the very beginning due to the range of possible hands-on topics that I could work on.

What was your previous job?
Mechanical Trainee

What do you do in your spare time?
Sports (fencing, climbing, ...), Reading, Board Games

Roel Verhagen (43) - Lead Designer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I chose to work at Blue Heart Energy because I sought to make a tangible impact in my work. The company's startup environment provides an opportunity to contribute to the development of a truly innovative product at the intersection of science, product development, and mass production. Working in a diverse team where roles are flexible keeps the work engaging and dynamic.

What was your previous job?
Product Developer

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy engaging in active activities with my children, as well as attending festivals, independent films, and theater performances.

Application process

First interview (by phone)
Personal interview + requirements
Deepdive on knowledge
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