Job type Full-time
  • Education: Mechanical engineering degree at university (bachelor or master) level.

Are you ready to propel the drilling industry forward and embrace new challenges? Do you thrive in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment within the energy sector? Join our small, dynamic, and innovative team at ED-Projects (European Drilling Projects B.V.) as a Mechanical Design Engineer. Based in Akersloot, The Netherlands (with a future office relocation to or near Amsterdam), you will have the opportunity to work with renowned companies such as Shell, BP, Petronas, and local geothermal firms. Collaborate closely with internal teams and external stakeholders to brainstorm and develop groundbreaking drilling solutions.

What sets us apart? We may be a small team, but we pride ourselves on being like your local bakery – an excellent team with meticulous attention to detail, fostering collaboration across departments, taking ownership of our products, and providing outstanding service to our customers.

What are the primary responsibilities of the R&D department?

  • Translate drilling engineering challenges into high-performance drilling products, addressing the unique needs of our customers.
  • Oversee and optimize the global manufacturing and repair processes of our drilling tools, ensuring quality and efficiency.
  • Design new products and modify existing ones, creating detailed drawings to guide the manufacturing process.
  • Utilize CFD and FEA techniques to conduct a comprehensive analysis of both new and existing products, ensuring optimal performance and reliability.
  • Take end responsibility for legal matters related to all products, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and standards.
  • Work on various projects, including conducting tool experiments, analyzing tool performance, and collaborating with customers to design innovative tools.

When are you successful in your position?

  • Technical Proficiency: You are successful when you demonstrate a strong understanding of mechanical design principles and techniques. Your ability to effectively apply your knowledge and skills to develop innovative and efficient designs is crucial.
  • Meeting Project Goals: Success is achieved when you consistently meet project goals and deadlines. This includes delivering high-quality designs within specified timelines and ensuring adherence to design requirements and industry standards.
  • Collaborative Skills: Your success is reflected in your ability to collaborate effectively with internal teams and external stakeholders. This includes actively participating in design reviews, providing constructive feedback, and working closely with other departments to ensure seamless integration of design solutions.
  • Continuous Learning and Growth: Success is demonstrated by your commitment to continuous learning and professional growth. You actively seek opportunities to expand your knowledge, stay updated with industry trends, and enhance your skill set to contribute to the team’s success.
  • Attention to Detail: You are successful when you demonstrate meticulous attention to detail in your design work. This includes thorough review and checking of drawings, ensuring accuracy, and identifying and resolving any potential issues or design flaws.
  • Innovative Thinking: Success is achieved when you actively contribute to the optimization and innovation of designs. Your ability to think creatively, propose improvements, and suggest alternative solutions showcases your value as a Mechanical Design Engineer.

By excelling in these areas, you will establish yourself as a successful Mechanical Design Engineer, contributing to the team’s overall achievements and driving innovation within the organization.

What type of profile are we looking for?

  • Mechanical engineering degree at university (bachelor or master) level.
  • Multiple years of experience in different technical roles.
  • Knowledge in Non-Linear FEA analysis, CFD analysis, Inventor/Ansys Software, and skilled in 3D CAD software.
  • Determining component specifications (material, hardness, treatment).
  • Coordinates production and controls quality documents.
  • Comfortable working with a patent lawyer to research and write patents.
  • R&D skills and a creative technical view.
  • Creative and capable of thinking out of the box.
  • Team player that is also able to work autonomously.
  • Self-motivated, positive, and confident personality.
  • Comfortable working in a small and dynamic team.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.

What do we offer?

  • The opportunity to lead your own projects in a rapidly growing organization.
  • Career growth aligned with the company’s expansion.
  • Exciting projects and direct communication with all stakeholders, taking responsibility from start to finish.
  • International travel to visit manufacturers and potential customers.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Travel expenses covered.
  • Quarterly company events.
  • One day a week working from home (Wednesday).
  • Budget for further training and professional development.

The markets we serve
1. Oil and gas (onshore and offshore);
2. Geothermal.


Email us your short motivation letter and resume to Questions can be addressed to Nadia Benameur at +31 (0) 72 82 00 289. Learn more about our company at or visit us on LinkedIn.

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