Junior Engineering Intern


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Salary: £16,000
Starting date: November 2020 (immediate)
Team: Engineering
Location: Matter, Unit 5 Avon Trading Estate, St Philips, Bristol BS2 0XA
Reports To: Lead Design Engineer

About Matter

Matter is a microplastics technology company focused on sustainable design and the circular economy. It was founded with the ambition to change the world and to create a team of people with the skills and ability to deliver that change. We are working on some of the biggest challenges of our time; removing microplastics and micropollutants from the UK’s waterways and creating a circular economy from the tons of plastic heading towards our Ocean. There is no such thing as waste, just resources in the wrong place.

The Role: Design Engineer Intern

We are looking for a ‘swiss army knife’ of a Design Engineer Intern. Someone who is unphased by the impossible ─ as this is often our benchmark. Your role is to be a safe pair of hands in supporting the engineering team with the development of new products. For this you will need a level head, a sound technical background, a keen eye for detail and the ability to adapt and change between projects and tasks. You will be reporting directly to the Lead

Design Engineer.

A large part of your role will be as Matter’s on-site technician to support the smooth operation of all activities in our well-equipped workshop and laboratory. You will be the go-to person to build prototypes, conduct technical testing, and maintain and improve the technical workspaces. We will help you develop your skills, and you will gain experience across the design process, from initial feasibility studies to how to design a commercially viable product and take it into production.

We work across many disciplines; our directive is to help people and planet. Much of our work is not publicised for confidentiality but fundamentally we work on solving environmental problems through innovative design and engineering. The work is interesting and diverse, concentrating on research and product development. We run multiple live projects simultaneously, one of which is a product that removes microplastics from wastewater. You will be required to work on more than one project at once, so an ability to multi-task and manage your time effectively are key.

We have an established engineering team and you will need to hit the ground running and keep pace. We work in a dynamic environment where we are building a business from the ground up, as well as developing innovative products. In a start-up environment everyone pitches in – your role will have blurred edges and we will expect you to use your initiative.

This is a unique opportunity to play an important role in establishing a new way of doing business and to make the change that you want to see in the world.

Our Expectations

We expect you to act in an environmentally conscious way, with a passion to do more. Not only to reduce environmental impact but to be a role model for positive change.

Your role will include and not be limited to:

• Having knowledge and passion for the Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle design.
• Building of prototypes, test rigs, visual models and other physical representations of technology.
• Running the 3D printer, organising print schedules, optimising print processes and the post-production of parts. We have a Form3 SLA printer, and it is an amazing machine that you will have the opportunity to use daily.
• Testing, testing and more testing. A fundamental part of designing new technology is understanding how it works and how it doesn’t.
• You will be expected to manage test schedules, conduct technical test cycles and deliver these in the specified timeframes.
• You will work on the technical documentation of test methodologies, test reports and test data management.
• Ensuring the workshop and laboratory are clean, tidy and always at optimal performance.
• Servicing and maintenance of laboratory equipment and workshop machinery.
• Researching and procuring specialist equipment, materials and parts.
• Managing stock and ensuring key items are always up to date and available to support the rest of the technical team.
• Optimising our workspace and helping to develop new ways of working that make us more sustainable as a business.
• Taking an active role in helping to improve our processes and facilities – we’re a small but rapidly growing business and we need people who are autonomous, take initiative and think outside of the box.
• Supporting health and safety (writing risk assessments, getting COSHH and MSDS sheets etc.)
• Being the first point of contact for Matter. You will be representing the company on the phone and through emails setting up meetings and organising calls.
• The ability and desire to travel to client meetings nationally and internationally when required.

The Basics

• Minimum education: A degree at 2:1 and above or equivalent level of experience in mechanical engineering, product design, a science discipline or similar. Placement year university students also considered if predicted results match above.
• A high competency in use of hand tools, power tools and machinery.
• A proven record of high-quality, low-cost, fast turnaround rig building. We often deliver swiss watch quality prototypes made on IKEA timelines and budgets.
• High competency in testing products and technologies. This includes designing test equipment, monitoring conditions and getting dirty and doing the test yourself.
• The ability to create test standards and competitor benchmarking.
• Experience in dealing with suppliers, negotiating deals and samples is desirable.
• Ability to sketch and communicate your ideas visually.
• A high standard of CAD including parametric, expression driven and surface modelling. We use Fusion 360.
• Experience in designing prototypes for 3D printing, finishing techniques and build methods.
• The ability to be able to pitch ideas and present to clients and customers.
• A sound mechanical background and meticulous organisational skills.
• High competency in IT literacy ─ using programs such as the Windows suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and
• Native level speaker in English and high written competency in English.
• Electro-mechanical, Arduino and circuit design skills would be a bonus.


• Flexible working environment.
• 26 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays (pro-rata).
• +1 day to take on your birthday.
• Pension scheme.
• On-site parking for bicycles and cars.
• Team away day adventures.

Physical Requirements

• Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
• Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
• Ability to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.
• Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanour within a flexible and (at times noisy) work environment.
• Must be able to use workshop equipment unaided.
• Must be able to manually move laboratory equipment unaided.
• Must be able to travel internationally and domestically utilising various transportation methods.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Before applying please read this.

This role is a vital part of the successful development and growth of Matter. We are a young company, growing rapidly, and we are a tight-knit team so working together (literally and metaphorically) is essential.

Our HQ is a large facility that is set up for being able to work safely, and we have a comprehensive and dynamic working plan for Coronavirus, to keep our team safe and to mitigate for the inevitable disruptions.

Whilst we do work remotely when required, the nature of this role and our stage of development as a company, means that this cannot be a fully remote-working position.

To that end, you will need to live within realistic commuting distance of our HQ in central Bristol or be willing and able to relocate immediately.