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Rhys James


Masters in Mechanical Engineering | Imperial College London

October 2011 to June 2015

  • First-class honours obtained.
  • First and Second Year Modules: Computing, Design & Manufacture, Dynamics, Experimental Reporting Skills, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Management & Business for Engineers, Materials, Mathematics, Mechanics, Mechatronics, Stress Analysis, Technical Presentation Skills, and Thermodynamics.
  • Third Year Modules: Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics, Machine System Dynamics, Manufacturing Technology & Management, Stress Analysis, Properties & Applications of Polymers, Thermodynamics & Energy, and Tribology.
  • Fourth Year Modules: Metal Processing Technology, Mechanical Transmissions, Finite Element Analysis & Applications, Design-led Innovation and New Venture Creation, Embedded C for Microcontrollers, and Design Art & Creativity.
  • Group Projects: Autonomous hovercraft, Motorised winch, Set up of a flow tunnel with refractive index matching, Design of an information booth.
  • Individual Projects: Transmission design, Hand tool design (Cordless Wheel Replacement Kit), Literature review on downsizing of IC engines.
  • Final Year Project: Imperial Racing Green  TT Zero. Isle of Man TT electric superbike. Main Responsibilities: Transmission design, Motor mounting, Bike energy lap simulation, Cooling system modeling and design.

Secondary School | Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn

September 2004 to June 2011

  • A Levels: Mathematics (A*), Physics (A),
    Product Design (A), Electronics (A*)
  • Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass
  • GCSEs: 8 A*, 3 A, 1 B, 1 C

Headstart Engineering Course | Loughborough University

July 2010 (Week course)

  • Systems Engineering
  • Design of military fast jets: my team attained first place

Headstart Cymru Engineering Course | Swansea University

July 2010 (Three day course)

  • General Engineering
  • Small broad based challenges

Skills & Abilities

Computer Skills

  • Competent in CATIA V5, Solidworks, and ProDesktop, NVQ in Autodesk Inventor, some experience with ProEngineer
  • Competent with MATLAB
  • Basic experience with Star-CCM+, ANSYS, ABAQUS, and Delcam
  • Competent with Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office including Excel

Workshop Skills

  • Student manufacturing course
  • Competent MIG welder
  • NVQ Level 2 in Engineering Operations (Modules: Sheet working, Fitting, Turning, MMA welding)
  • Experience running and maintaing Fused Filament Fabrication printers.

Leadership and Teamwork

  • Former president of university skate society
  • Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition leader
  • Former captain and assistant captain of university ice hockey team (Imperial Devils B)


Graduate Mechanical Engineer  |  Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains 

August 2015 to present

Rotations between departments, including:

Performance Development:

  • Dyno testing of full power units in order to support the characterisation and development of power unit components, systems and operating modes.
  • Simulation and analysis of power unit systems in order to understand their behaviour and interactions so they can be specified and configured for best performance.
  • Detailed analysis of test data and reporting back on findings and recommendations.


  • Experience on the manufacturing floor.
  • Performing quality checks on manufactured components.
  • Conceptualisation and design of fixtures to aid manufacturing.
  • Research of advanced manufacturing technologies.
  • Generation of data to evaluate out-of specification concession allowances.
  • Visiting external companies unaccompanied to monitor and ensure quality & act as the voice of Mercedes AMG HPP.

Build Support:

  • Conceptualisation and design of fixtures to aid engine build.
  • Liaising between departments to ensure work is carried out to the correct specifications within the correct timeframes.


MG Midget Engine Swap  |  Personal Project 

July 2014 to present

  • Conversion of 1975 MG Midget 1500 to accept a 1.8 VVC Rover K-Series engine
  • Heavy research into work needed and component sourcing
  • Modification of body shell including design and fabrication of new structures
  • Hands on experience of car components and systems

Driveline Intern | Jaguar Land Rover

June 2013 to September 2013

  • Creation of system design specifications for rear drive units, some to tight deadlines
  • Liaising with suppliers regarding future projects, including design input and system modeling
  • Creation of test procedures and company standards documents
  • Investigating resonant frequencies of driveline sub systems
  • High amount of professional level interaction, both externally and with other JLR departments
  • Attended and contributed to both internal and external meetings
  • Benchmarking of competitors products

Web Sales | TNT Racing

April 2010 to September 2012

  • Listing available products for sale on the company website and eBay
  • Interacting with customers in the store, by email and over the phone

Technical Assistant | Telynau Teifi

June 2010 (Week placement)

  • Assisting operation of CNC machinery
  • Material preparation and finishing of machined parts

Workshop Assistant | Castleview Forge

June 2008 (Week placement)

  • Workshop maintenance
  • Metalwork construction and assistance


  • James, Rhys. Mechanical money evaluating apparatus for a vending machine. U.K. Patent GB2487102, filed 23 September, 2011, and granted 30 July, 2013.


  • Playing for my university ice hockey team has taught me the importance of teamwork and dedication. Playing defence I have learnt that greater satisfaction comes from a team victory than personal moments of glory. Commitment has arisen from years of playing inline and ice hockey.
  • Experience as president of my university’s inline skating society taught me leadership as well as responsibility from liaising with external committees and staff members.
  • I have always greatly enjoyed using CAD software, leading to me being the sole contributor of CAD models for all three group projects undertaken at university, as well as being the sole student in my year to have their work shown in lectures. I have received frequent praise for my technical drawings.
  • Owning a 1992 Mini City E gave me plenty of practical experience with automotive maintenance and repair, as well as fostering my love of automotive engineering. My current MG Midget project has furthered this practical knowledge immensely.
  • A great enthusiasm for all forms of motorsport; multiple karting, off road, and track driving experiences. Attendance of hill climbs and classic racing events.