Mechan has designs on new engineer

8th July 2014

Lifting and handling specialist, Sheffield-based Mechan, is expanding its design capabilities to meet increasing demand for its products.

Design engineer, Martin Allan, joins the rail depot maintenance specialist to develop bespoke equipment for specific sites and enhance its existing portfolio. Having worked initially for Mechan as a contractor, Martin was offered a fulltime position to meet growing interest in the firm from the UK and overseas. His role encompasses all stages of design, from producing approval drawings to ensuring the end product meets the client's requirements. Richard Carr, Mechan's managing director, said: -Our original contract with Martin was only for six weeks, but his arrival coincided with a significant rise in new orders that required increased capacity in our design team. Thankfully, we convinced him to join us on a permanent basis and he has settled in quickly, putting his experience and ingenuity to good use on a variety of complex and challenging projects. Before joining Mechan, Martin held various industrial design positions after starting his career as an apprentice at a machine tooling firm. He worked most recently for Barnsley's Qualter Hall and Co. on a project to aid the decommissioning of a UK nuclear power station. Martin added: -I have been involved in rail projects before, but this is the first time I have worked exclusively within the sector. I am learning more about the market and our clients every day and I really enjoy the varied nature of my new role. Being part of such a close knit, professional team is very rewarding, particularly when I see my designs take shape in our manufacturing facility. Mechan works with clients to tailor its lifting and handling products to the environment in which they will operate. For more information telephone (0114) 257 0563 or visit

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