Development engineer for milking machine technology

Milkalyser is an innovative technology-led company who have developed new in-line milk analysis to revolutionise dairy cow fertility management. Our team is now moving to field testing of the system to be retrofitted in milking parlours both robotic and conventional.  The system is a self contained IoT device and needs some wiring for installation and requires wifi interfacing to legacy systems of RFID and other data sources.  Our team is expert in designing and interfacing software and software support via the internet and we now need someone to deal with mechanical fixes in the milking system and to train milking machine installers in the new technology we have developed.

We are seeking an experienced engineer capable of working at the cutting edge of dairy technology designing fixes, building test rigs and integrating our system into milking parlours from different third party manufacturers.  The role is based at our office and workshop in Exeter and is suitable for someone experienced in fitting electrical or electronic equipment in the field.


  • Setting up a Milking Machine test rig to test components of Milkalyser
  • Design and run a test programs to identify design improvements
  • Support the product during the test phase on farms
  • Prepare installation and test instruction sets for installers
  • Train installers of Milkalyser Hubs and Units in Milking Parlours
  • Identifying technical solutions needed in software or hardware for product improvement
  • Report to the development team on a regular basis
  • Keep product improvement notes
  • Attend events and exhibitions to promote the technology

Role requirements

  • A working knowledge of milking systems both conventional and robotic
  • Ability to design and adjust mechanical components of test rigs
  • Ability to wire 24V power and data systems
  • Experience of integrating hardware and software
  • Ability to work using own initiative and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of CANBUS
  • A full driving licence
  • A network of contacts in milking machine installation
  • Training skills

Full training will be given in the technology of Milkalyser and vehicle provided as appropriate.

Hours of work: Normal hours of work (to be discussed at interview stage) 37 hours per week (9-5 with flexi-time). There is a possibility of starting part-time as we build up the number of test farms

Salary: Competitive salary to be discussed starting at £30000. A permanent contract is subject to successful completion of a 3 month probationary period.  Start as soon as possible.