InterTradeIreland Graduate Programme

Mechanical Design Engineer, Pre Fab Engineering Ltd (PF Trailers)

Prefab Engineering was founded in 1995 by Edmund Corry and Pearse McCluskey. Since then the business has grown from strength to strength establishing itself in the quarry plant, structural steel and fabrication businesses. The company started the production of trailers early 2013 with outstanding results. Several dealerships have been formed in the UK and Republic of Ireland with ongoing discussions into possible partnerships throughout Europe. PF Trailers now offers a wide and varied range of trailers

THE ROLE (FUSION Project) – 12 Month Contract - FU5073

The proposed project will primarily involve the design and development of a novel trailer for the agricultural sector for markets across, Ireland, UK and EU. The new Trailer will be intended to securely transport bales of forage using an automated mechanised system that will reduce dramatically load/unload times to comply with changes in transport legislation and Health & Safety requirements.

Reporting to the Company Supervisor, you will be employed by Pre-Fab Engineering Ltd to lead this InterTradeIreland FUSION project in partnership with Dundalk Institute of Technology.  As part of this role you will be required to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Business & Management, from the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s University, Belfast. This is fully funded by InterTradeIreland. The skills learned through the Diploma will enhance your personal, professional and managerial capabilities and will provide you with the necessary and valuable business skills to help you undertake your project role. The company will fully support you throughout this by factoring in the required time off to attend modules and workshops.  Further information on the course is available at

Main Duties

  • To carry out the tasks outlined in the project workplan and liaise with your Company and Academic Supervisors on an ongoing basis.
  • To convene and service monthly technical meetings with the core project team (Graduate, Company Supervisor and Academic Supervisor)
  • To report formally on a quarterly basis on progress with the workplan to a Project Management Group (PMG), this includes the assigned FUSION Consultant representing InterTradeIreland.
  • To train staff so that the new technology is fully transferred and embedded in the company
  • To work closely with the academic partner and travel to the academic institute as required.
  • To undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Business & Management, attending course modules and workshops.
  • Any other duties which might fall within the general ambit of the post.


Essential Criteria

Candidates must possess;

  • To hold or have been awarded min 2.2 Honours Degree in one of the following by June 2017
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Sustainable Design Engineering or similar.
  • Legally permitted to work in the EU.

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience in machine design, with strong design and project management skills.
  • Knowledge of 3D design and FEA analysis.
  • Knowledge of Trailer & Agricultural implement market.

Further to the above the candidate should have the following attributes:

  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to achieve results by working with and through others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to resolve problems.
  • Ability to self-motivate and use own initiative.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.
  • Commitment to the organisation

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Facts and figures

Job/scheme locations: 
27 Mullaghrodden Dungannon, Co.Tyrone BT70 3LU
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County Tyrone