KTP Associate - Excelsior Panelling Systems Ltd

Birmingham City University - Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

KTP Vacancy Details
This two year KTP post provides an excellent opportunity for a vibrant Research Associate to lead a multi-disciplinary team working within the area of digitizing the built environment with Birmingham City University and industrial partner Excelsior Panelling Systems Ltd, a leading washroom manufacturer for the UK construction industry and a main supplier for major contractors.

Location: Excelsior Panelling Systems Ltd

Salary: £27,000 per annum, depending on experience plus a £2,000 personal training budget supporting career development. The position will also offer extensive academic and industry facing management and leadership training.

Qualification required: A minimum 2:1 undergraduate qualification in Architectural Technology and/ or preferably an MSc/ PhD in a relevant built environment or engineering subject area.

Closing Date: 07/02/2018

Desired attributes: 
The KTP Associate must be able to work to tight deadlines, have attention to detail and maintain high standards of work.

The KTP Associate will have:

  1. good communication skills to express ideas effectively, orally, graphically and in writing;
  2. an ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team;
  3. self-management and planning skills to make optimum use of time;
  4. and academic acumen to enable successful reporting through research publication in academic journals and marketing materials.

Project Summary:
Excelsior is developing a revolutionary whole life-cycle process (from product design and manufacture to facilities management during building occupancy) that embeds advanced digital technology into the supply chain of a ‘downstream’ manufacturing process and delivers ‘upstream’ seamless integration of rich geometric and semantic information into an architect’s digital building design.

The KTP Associate will revolutionise Excelsior’s design and manufacturing processes within industry by embedding geometric data (dimensional) and rich semantic data (specifications) into their ‘downstream’ manufacturing processes from product conception to installation using Autodesk Revit software tools. Digitised manufacturing will enable Excelsior to improve internal processes and procedures (such as resource planning and financial and quality control) to augment operational efficiency and concomitant business profitability. It will also radically improve the ‘upstream’ interface with  architect clients who will be able to seamlessly integrate comprehensive bespoke, or modular, designs into their projects thus enabling automatic 'right first time' subsequent use.

The KTP presents an ideal opportunity to develop your existing knowledge of digital technology developments and application of these within a manufacturing process to increase productivity, useful capacity and quality yields.

Skills required:

  1. Strong design and technical skills, preferably working with Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks and other Autodesk packages;
  2. Strong knowledge of the product and/or architectural (design) sector, preferably in the context of manufacturing technology; and capacity to produce bespoke parametric BIM content
  3. An ability and aptitude to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team; and self-management and planning skills to make optimum use of time.

Desired skills:

  1. An ability to produce neat, accurate general arrangement drawings and standard detail drawings;
  2. Experience with standard manufacturing processes;
  3. Awareness of CAD to CNC prototyping;
  4. Knowledge of standard BIM practices and BIM Level 2 requirements;
  5. Experience of working within the construction industry; and
  6. Knowledge of materials and material properties, particularly of timber products.

Knowledge Base Partner:  Birmingham City University

Company partner: Excelsior Panelling Systems Ltd

Contact: Erika Parn - Email: Erika.parn@bcu.ac.uk or Prof. David Edwards – Email: david.edwards@bcu.ac.uk

10th January – 7th February 2018

Shortlisting 7th Feb – 14th

Interviewing w/c/ 26th Feb.

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