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  • Ben Harvey

    BA(Hons) Degree in Product Design and NVQ ME&CAD

    Cheltenham, United Kingdom

I am a mechanical design engineer with a creative mind who has worked within the renewable/non-renewable energy sector as well as the bespoke luxury furniture sector for the last five years. My confident, can-do attitude towards design and strong communication skills has enabled me to recognize, define and solve problems quickly thus supporting clients’ needs and encouraging internal design teams. My curiosity and resourceful nature has motivated me to begin building a 3D printer in my spare time and as a result I am learning coding and programming along the way.

Work Samples

  • Leg Brace

  • benharveydesign.com

  • Wine-V

Work History

I am a mechanical design engineer with a creative mind who has worked within the renewable/non-renewable energy sector as well as the bespoke luxury furniture sector for the last five years. My confident, can-do attitude towards design and strong communication skills has enabled me to recognize, define and solve problems quickly thus supporting clients’ needs and encouraging internal design teams. My curiosity and resourceful nature has motivated me to begin building a 3D printer in my spare time and as a result I am learning coding and programming along the way. My ambition is to use my skills and keen interest in technology and human-centred design to raise the status and availability of sustainable products in the furniture industry. I hope to lead an avant-garde approach to the relationships between low carbon manufacture, product life cycle and consumer appeal to kindle a strong commercially viable blueprint to sustainability. I would value the opportunity to work with a company that will test and develop my design ability along with guiding me towards new and innovative ways of coming to design solutions. Please visit my website for information, benharveydesign.com. Education: BA (Hons) Degree in Product Design at Plymouth University (CSD Accredited) 2009-2012 NVQ in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Aided design at Exeter 2007-2009 Skills & Attributes: Concise Communication, Team Worker, Self-motivation, Flexible, Logical, Resourceful, Confident, Fast Learner, Time Management, Strong Decision Making, Solution Driven, Analytical Thinking, Client Facing, Empathetic Listening, User-centred Approach, Mechanically Minded, Technical Drawing, Concept Development. Software: Windows, OS operating systems, Microsoft Office & iWork, SolidWorks CAD Software, Solidworks Sheet Metal, Solidworks Sheet Surfaces & more, SolidWorks Visualize, Solidworks PDM System, AutoCAD 2D, DraftSight 2D Software, Keyshot Rendering, Blender Modeling, Adobe CS5 Creative Suite, InkScape Vector Software, GNU graphics software. Advanced Insulation Ltd, July 2014-Current. I am currently working for an insulation company that focuses on subsea oil & gas extraction installations. As a lead designer, I use Solidworks to design steel mold tooling that is used to apply an insulative curing resin to pipes, valves and other larger sub-sea structures for the oil and gas industry. In my role, I continually create and develop unique design solutions through a client-focused approach and user-centered methodology. Working closely with global energy clients often presents a need to travel internationally, where I pitch design solutions, validate manufacturing quality with fabricators, conduct site visits to ensure design functionality and impart knowledge to site teams. John Makepeace, June 2012-Current. For the last five years, I have also been working closely with the world-renowned furniture designer John Makepeace OBE, who specializes in unique luxury furniture for high profile private clients, companies and public collections. My role is to detail his designs, assist in developing forms, offer manufacturing options and create realistic renders for client presentations. I have been involved in many of John’s private and public pieces, and as a result he has taught me much about form and the notion of seeing an aesthetic as having its own personality and identity; a living, functioning element of furniture design. Manuplas, June 2013-Transition to Advanced Insulation Ltd. I have also worked within a specialist manufacturing team focusing on custom contracts for the marine and offshore sector, for Plymouth-based company Manuplas. Due to the bespoke nature of Manuplas’ products, the manufacturing method was often varied. As a result, my role within Manuplas was focused on design for manufacture using Solidworks, and generating process documentation for manufacturing through to production. This gave me a strong understanding of manufacturing processes such as rotomoulding, metalwork fabrication and complex model shaping. As part of the design team, I was continually developing, customizing and designing a range of surface buoys, subsurface buoys and boat fenders. Additionally to Manuplas’ main focuses, I was part of a leisure micro-team; using 3D rendering and animation software Blender to produce visual representations of indoor water-park play installations. In 2014 Manuplas was acquired by Advanced Insulation, and I was subsequently offered a position and relocation plan to retain my skillset within the business. Zipbar, May 2012- June 2013. Prior to Manuplas, I worked for Zipbar, a stainless steel fabrication company based in Plymouth that supplied portable and professional bar stations to the VIP areas at the 2012 London Olympics. Within this company, I played an important role in the design and development of new units and the minimizing of production time. Although I was offered a full time position in this company, I chose to further my career development in other directions.

Education

  • University of Plymouth

    • Product Design Design
    • 2009 - 2012
  • Exeter College

    • Mechanical Engineering & CAD Engineering
    • 2007 - 2009

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