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Dale Bethwaite

Dale Bethwaite

Design Engineer

BE Mech (Hons)


Dale is a highly flexible engineer who learns quickly. He is at home in a multi-disciplinary team environment. Industrious and independent, with good attention to detail, Dale enjoys a challenge. His previous position at Cavotec MoorMaster, saw him involved in structural design, calculations, and FEA for a number of new designs and updates to existing machines, along with designing hydraulic services and components.

I enjoy engineering due to the varied, challenging and rewarding work I get to do. I love tackling and solving new problems, and learning and developing my skills along the way. I am particularly experienced in product design, design for manufacture and assembly, sheet metal and fabrication design, and FE analysis including detailed fatigue analysis. I have set up new production lines, project managed new product development, and led the mechanical design of a world-first product. In addition to this I am strongly interested in automation, renewable energy and associated technologies, advanced manufacturing, materials engineering, and composites.

  • Collaboration / team work
  • Communication
  • Flexible
  • Innovative / creative thinking
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Listening
  • Logical thinking
  • Motivated
  • Problem solving
  • Reliable
  • Ideation
  • Concept development
  • Industrial design
  • Design
  • Analysis
  • Engineering calculations
  • Validation
  • Project engineering
  • Product development
  • Supplier selection
  • Enterprise PDM
  • Inventor
  • Microsoft Office suite
  • Automation
  • Composites
  • Heavy industry
  • Marine
  • Product

Project Experience


MM200E15 Product Development

Design and engineering for a number of new MoorMaster units (market-leading automated mooring machines), including the MM200E15 pictured. Structural design, calculations and FEA, design, and specification of hydraulic services and components.


MMWPT Product Development

Leading mechanical design for a world-first automated wireless charging system. Concept creation and validation, structural design and FEA, working with hydraulic and controls teams and collaboration with international partners .


2500+ Product Development and Project Management

Project management and leading mechanical design for a new 400Hz compact converter for the airport industry. Involved design of a sheet metal electrical enclosure focusing on design for assembly, assembly line layout and prototype build.


Turning engineering skills to a new area, this personal project involved taking a rough concept layout and creating a detailed model and set of realistic renders, allowing the client to realise their ideal kitchen.