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We are aiming for a fully automatic milling machine area. This means that a robot is placing and taking pallets and product in and out of the machine.

The Makino D500, Matsuura Lumex Avance-25, Hermle C60 and Datron MLCube machines make impossible things possible. High accuracy and large working space gives almost unlimited milling possibilities, which is very useful in our industry. The milling process is finished at the inspection station. Products are tested on a coordinate measuring machine with an accuracy of 0.001 mm. Some of our products save lives, so there is no room for carelessness.


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Bartosz

| Technician
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Nick

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Anouk

| Process engineer
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Arno

| Process engineer
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Roel

| CAM Programmeur Verspaning

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Bartosz

| Technician

Each evening I wait until I get the shift transfer from my colleagues. This gives us insight in our progress and information about possible complications.

Some people start their day with coffee, but I prefer to train hard in our company gym. It warms up my mind and body for work.

According to the planning and information from the shift before, I begin preparing the tools and machines together with Sebastian and Rick. Our job is not light and simple, but the technologies we use makes it much easier. Everyone who work with machines regularly is impressed by our department. Like I always say, “It’s better to drive a Bentley than a Fiat, right?”.

Currently half of our team is focused on creating clamping systems for new milling machines and molds for the injection molding department. We find solutions ourselves for many production problems and improve our processes with new technologies that make things simpler. I’m never bored at work and I learned many things so far, but it’s just a small fraction of what I can still learn at Prodrive Technologies.

It’s better to drive a Bentley than a Fiat, right?

Technician profile

  • You are:​

  • Passionate about technology; we do not require technical background/experience.​

  • Responsible for your tasks and take initiative.​

  • Ambitious and want to learn.​

  • Detail-oriented and result-driven.​

  • What is more:

  • You have a hands-on mentality​

  • You speak English well​

  • You want to work in 2 shifts:

  • Morning shift (06:00 - 14:30)​

  • Afternoon shift (14:30 – 23:30) and on Fridays (14:30 – 21:00)​

Pros and cons

  • Perfect working environment (top machines, prime organization)

  • Most friendly and helpful team I’ve ever worked with

  • Development opportunities

  • Company gym

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Nick

One year ago, I decided to work as CAD-CAM engineer besides my work as mechanical engineer. As CAD-CAM engineer I’m involved in the realization of mill parts. It starts with programming the CNC code using advanced CAD-CAM software and setting up the right process. After programming, I verify my program on the newest 5 axis milling machine. Afterwards, I inspect my milled product with high quality coordinate measuring machines and check if all specifications are reached. After verification my program is ready to start automated series production.

Through my experience as mechanical designer and CAD-CAM engineer I can help other mechanical designers with DFM (design for machining). I try to get designs to a higher level in the field of manufacturability and costs. A low-cost product starts with a design that satisfies the DFM guidelines. Together with designers I discuss the complex precision products after milling and measuring to optimize quality and manufacturability.

Besides, I’m currently also working to automate the generation of CAD-CAM programs. Together with other CAD-CAM engineers we determine the specifications of the software and we test the software to give feedback. Step by step we create our own CAD-CAM automation. The combination of CAD-CAM engineering and software development within Prodrive Technologies creates the best software that fits our requirements.

The realization of new complex products and the optimization of our milling process is one of the nicest things of my job. This drives me to create the milling factory of the future.

Our in-house production facilities create the opportunity to be involved from design to realization

Pros and cons

  • Working with the newest and best machines

  • Flexible working hours

  • Great lunch and dinner

  • Responsibilities from day one

  • Nice colleagues and working environment

  • Too less time to combine my work as CAD-CAM engineer and mechanical design engineer. Both are too nice to choose one of them.

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Anouk

| Process engineer

In 2017 I started my internship at Prodrive Technologies. At that moment I was triggered by the company because it’s unique strategy that Prodrive Technologies develops and manufactures their own products in-house. The project was about validation of mechanical products via the coordinate measuring machine, for which they was not yet a mature process developed. This was a project within the machining department. I continued to work part-time after finishing the project besides finishing my university. Later on, I successfully finished my graduation internship at the development department. It was a nice experience, but I felt more comfortable by working at the manufacturing environment; the semi-office job with the hands-on mentality.

 

After finishing my mechanical engineering bachelor, I got the opportunity to start as a process engineer at mechanics manufacturing and became responsible for improving our metrology and verification process of mechanical parts. Besides that, I started developing a new production process; turning (and multitasking). For me it feels great that I get such big responsibilities in the beginning of my career. This enables me to optimally develop myself. As a result of this, I play a key role in further improving metrology and expand the competence to other manufacturing processes, such as magnetics and system assembly. I am really proud of this achievement!

 

Finally, I want to say that it’s amazing to work daily with state of the art machinery, manufacture high-end precision parts, and be of significant value to exceed world class manufacturing. Not forget to mention that working with such cooperative and talented colleagues who have similar interests and ambitions is extra motivating.

Process engineer profile

  • BSc, BEng or MSc in Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Industrial Engineering or Applied physics or a related technical education Strong analytical skills Hands-on attitude Authorized to work in the US (for Boston/Canton Branch applicants only)

Pros and cons

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Arno

| Process engineer

I’m currently part of a team which is creating a new era in the accuracy of our erosion-based machining processes. This process is – quite literally – cutting the edges of technology and is able to produce products up to sub-micron accuracies, thus giving shape to the complex and high-end designs of our portfolio.

 

In my role as Process Engineer, I’m involved in many aspects of the production process, from pinpointing possible improvements with our process team about for instance the maintenance of our machines or checking with our mechanical designers how we can complement in the cooperation between design and production, staying ahead of upcoming requirements already.

 

Controlling, qualifying and analyzing performance goes hand in hand with brainstorming about improvement opportunities for the production processes. Whether we need new tools, machinery, or custom software to realize our goals, as a process-team we define the requirements and match them with possible competences within Prodrive, or with external suppliers to turn the process up a notch every day.

Making new ideas reality is what brings evolution, just to give you an idea.

Process engineer profile

  • BSc, BEng or MSc in Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Industrial Engineering or Applied physics or a related technical education Strong analytical skills Hands-on attitude Authorized to work in the US (for Boston/Canton Branch applicants only)

Pros and cons

  • The drive, created by the combination of trust, responsibility and freedom to create a one[1]of-a-kind production-process, ready to push the boundaries of accuracy and reliability every day

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Roel

| CAM Programmeur Verspaning

Five years ago, I started working at Prodrive as a part-time Technician on the weekends. The moment I walked in on my first day I already felt comfortable. I was welcomed by everyone with enthusiasm and saw a sea of opportunities. After some time, I became a Support Engineer. This new role broadened my knowledge. I learned to dive deeper into the machines and help my colleagues to solve problems. One of my favorite things about working at Prodrive is the variety — no two days are the same. Every day offers its challenges, and you never know where each day is going to take you.

 

After one year as a Support Engineer, I started working as a full-time Work Preparation Engineer. I learned to make programs using our CAD-CAM software. When a program is finished it needs to be verified on our 5-axis CNC machines. After milling the first part, I measure all the dimensions to make sure the part is within tolerance. The products with high tolerances must be measured on our coordinate measuring machine, for which we must create a program.

 

The first thing I do when I start my day at Prodrive is walk around all our CNC milling machines. The reason I do this is to make sure that everything is still up and running. If a machine is down, I will try to make it operational again. During the day I improve old programs and help technicians when they have technical problems on a machine.

The best thing about my job is that I continue to learn every day. From my colleagues and from the projects I work on.

CAM Programmeur Verspaning profile

  • MBO+, BSc or BEng diploma in Werktuigbouwkunde of Mechatronica. Bekend met CAD/CAM software – waarbij voorkeur naar Siemens NX. Prakitische manier van denken en hands-on mentaliteit. Goede communicatie vaardigheden.

Pros and cons

  • Working with new machines

  • Flexible working hours

  • A good working environment

  • Diverse working activities

The Prodrive Technologies Mindset

Responsibility

You don’t just go to work, you feel responsible for your project

Flexible

You decide when, where and how much you want to work

Manufacturing

You like to think about manufacturability when designing

Initiative

You don’t sit and wait, you have a hands-on mentality

Have you got what it takes to become a Prodriver?

What we offer

  • Perfect environment for people willing to take full responsibility in a project
  • Unlimited growth opportunities and freedom in taking different roles in different projects
  • Young and dynamic culture
  • Unlimited personal budget for training courses, classes or studies
  • We are open 24/7 and provide lunch, dinner and a company gym
  • We keep management positions to a minimum, so there is virtually no hierarchy
  • Create your future with your own personal development plan
  • Tools and equipment such as an iPhone, iPad and laptop
  • The flexibility to work wherever and how much you want
  • Overtime hours can be completely paid out
  • Salary that grows with your performance
  • Opportunity to become a shareholder and entrepreneur in the company
  • Travel allowance based on the days you are actually at Prodrive
  • 31 vacation days
  • Retirement plan
  • Distribution of profits

Application steps

  1. We’ll take a look at your application as soon as possible.
  2. You will receive a link to Prodrive Technologies’ online aptitude test to see if you’re up for the challenge.
  3. We will set you up for a personal interview to ask you difficult questions about yourself. Afterwards, others will ask you some more difficult questions about your expertise. We will immediately decide if we will make you an offer after the interviews.
  4. When there’s enough time left, we will discuss employment conditions directly after the interviews.
  5. If you survived everything, only your signature stands between you and being a Prodriver.