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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

Solidworks Professional

  • Automation
  • Composites
  • Heavy industry
  • Machine design
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine
  • Product
  • Production equipment
  • Sheet metal

Project Experience

Platforms, Guiderails, Guarding & more

Sole engineer in a sheet metal manufacturing environment. Design and engineering of access platforms and guiderails (designed to NZ standards), machinery guarding, custom lifting and handling equipment, and an upgrade of the drivetrain for ENI powdercoating oven.


Façade for the UC Electrical Link Building

Project management of one of ENI’s largest projects – the Façade for the Electrical Link Building at University of Canterbury. This was a very complex project due to the level of detail and customisation involved, that also required managing relationships and communicating with the clients, partner manufacturers, civil engineers, and the architect. 


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 .

Fully Automated Production Lines

Worked on two projects at Scott that involved design work for their fully automated production lines. These were long term projects that spanned the full design process from concept work through to detailed manufacturing drawings, procurement and supporting assembly work.

The work crossed multiple stations, including folders, punch/press stations, scanning vision systems, conveyors and manipulators. The projects involved a lot of detailed machine design, taking both an existing design and modifying it to make new parts as well as starting from scratch. This required a lot of automated pneumatic/hydraulic mechanism design, and well as heavy fabrication and sheet metal design and analysis.


2500+ Product Development & 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.