Development of a new fuel injection technology to reduce emissions and improve the performance of diesel engines is driving an engineering recruitment campaign at Delphi DieselSystems.
Phil Barnett, the Kent-based company’s personnel resources manager, said the business is expanding its staff as it begins work on a range of new projects since its acquisition last year by Delphi Automotive Group. ‘We are expanding the business, and are more confident, but we are short on skills,’ he said.
The company is seeking around 22 professionals with degrees in mechanical or automotive engineering to work in industrial, quality and manufacturing engineering, and production management.
Since its acquisition by Delphi, the business has benefited from investment to allow it to develop the new fuel injection system, as well as other new automotive products. The company believes the new fuel injection technology, the only second generation common rail system in production, will be a big step forward for diesel engines. It will allow the combustion system to be recalibrated – previously impossible with diesel engines — helping to keep them quiet and clean.
The system, which is due to be launched in late 2003, is still in its drawing phase, which means that engineers joining the company can be involved in all stages of the project development.
Barnett said: ‘It is a chance for people to get in from the drawing phase and see the project right through to the end of its development and then on to production. People are not going to be pigeon-holed – they are going to be involved in the whole project, and that is a situation that does not come around too often.’
The company is to build new manufacturing lines to produce the technology, which will cash in on the design of its existing common rail system used in the Ford Focus.
Such developments, which offer lower emissions and better performance, mean cars are now being sold on the basis of their engines as well as appearance, said Barnett.’for so long engines have been the Cinderella of the automotive market. This move is a major step forward.’