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Join Our Team: Automotive Design Engineer and/or 3D CAD Designer

Shape the Future of Preserving the Past
with Finch Restorations

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Finch Restorations is Australia's premier vehicle restoration firm. We specialise in the complete body-off, ground-up restoration of Veteran to Modern-Classic era (1890-1990) cars, trucks, and motor-cycles.

We have a team of highly experienced professionals who have a deep understanding of all aspects of the restoration process. Our workshops are equipped with the technologies, tools, and equipment to ensure that projects are completed to the highest standards of quality and authenticity.

Celebrating six decades of excellence, we are excited to expand our team at our new flagship site at Hindmarsh, near the Adelaide CBD, dedicated to restoring the glory of classic, prestige, and vintage vehicles for the future generations.

Our New Branch

We are establishing a new flagship branch in Hindmarsh close to the Adelaide Enterainment Centre. A two stage process, we are currently establishing our Paint Shop in stage one. Stage two incorporates a large office area, and areas for restorations, repairs and maintenance, Trim Shop, and concierge vehicle storage.

This role will require being based in our Mount Barker branch for the first 4-6 months, for induction and training purposes, before subsequent transition to the new Hindmarsh branch.

Ultimately, this role will be based at our new branch in Hindmarsh.

The Designer Role

As our Automotive Design Engineer / 3D CAD Designer, you will play a pivotal role in bridging the past with the future, transforming classic vehicle designs into restorative and innovative solutions. You will leverage advanced 3D CAD software to conceptualise, design, and prepare detailed engineering drawings, ensuring the seamless integration of modern technologies with timeless classics.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • 3D Scanning of bodies and chassis of cars, trucks and motor cycles, as well as systems and individual components. Post-processing of models and conversion into 3D CAD models.
  • Developing designs for 'resto-mod' conversions of classic vehicles including motor swaps, driveline conversions, steering and suspension system upgrades, seat-belt intallations, left-hand to right-hand conversions, supercharging and more.
  • Scanning and modelling of chassis components for laser-cutting and NC machining of replacements.
  • Reverse engineering of vehicle components.
  • Running design review meetings with team members and sometimes clients.
  • Development and maintainence of client's vehicle technical specifications.
  • Specification of parts for purchase and/or manufacture.
  • 3D Printing of vehicle components.
  • Developing new scanning techniques and opportunities.

About You

Your skills and attributes include:

  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, or equivalent, OR a Certificate in 3D CAD Design with a strong trade background in automotive or related fields.
  • Proficiency in 3D CAD software (such as Fusion 360, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, or similar), with a strong ability to create detailed, accurate engineering drawings and models that combine aesthetic appeal with functional design.
  • Experience in automotive design, with a keen interest in the restoration and innovation of classic and vintage vehicles. Knowledge of electric vehicle technologies is desirable but not essential.
  • An innovative and creative mindset with a keen eye for aesthetics and functional design, together with excellent problem-solving skills, able to visualise and realise concepts in collaboration with the broader team to bring conceptual designs to life.
  • Commitment to high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, with a passion for preserving automotive history while embracing future technologies.

Why Choose Finch Restorations?

At Finch Restorations, we're not just restoring cars; we're preserving history while innovating for the future. You'll join a dedicated team of artisans and engineers who share your passion for automotive excellence. We offer a creative and supportive work environment, opportunities for professional growth, and the unique chance to work on some of the most iconic vehicles in history.

Apply Now

If you're ready to contribute to our legacy of automotive excellence and innovation, we would love to hear from you.

Please send your resume and a portfolio of your design work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let's drive into the future together, preserving the past.

Applications close Monday, 29 April 2024.


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