James Mackay

Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Jim’s position at i4 brings over 25 years of design experience from the automotive, telecoms, metrology and subsea sectors. He is responsible for mechanical design from the conceptual stages through prototype building & testing and final production delivery, ensuring that i4’s innovative products function efficiently and at minimal cost to the client. Jim’s specialist areas include conceptual design, designing equipment for harsh environments (marine/offshore), automation, pneumatics, prototype design and building with proof of concept testing.

What is your approach to design?
I list all requirements in the design brief before I start on the conceptual phase and think laterally! I’m not afraid to take a radical approach, but always verify any new ideas. I’m also happy to accept practical criticism and praise - then fine tune the design.

What are your three favourite designed products?
The Avro Vulcan. The beautiful delta wing shape is graceful, looks and sounds intimidating, and was designed by engineers with slide rules and drawing boards.
The Turbojet. Contains one rotating mass with no reciprocating parts and has revolutionsed aviation/air travel.
Any component designed by Colin Chapman, a master at making one part do several tasks.

What interests you?
The history of aviation and motor sport, building RC helicopters and touring the Outer Hebrides.

What product could you not live without?
My iPhone6 – I struggle to think how I coped without it!

Click here to read Brian Combe's bio

Brian Combe

Click here to read Gordon Miller's bio

Gordon Miller

Click here to read Jim Ward's bio

Jim Ward

Click here to read Audrey Shearer's bio

Audrey Shearer

Click here to read Ewan Maxwell's bio

Ewan Maxwell

Click here to read Marco Miglionico 's bio

Marco Miglionico

Click here to read Nick Anderson's bio

Nick Anderson

Click here to read Jonathan Pearson's bio

Jonathan Pearson

Click here to read Lisa Woo's bio

Lisa Woo

Click here to read Andrew Chalmers's bio

Andrew Chalmers

Click here to read Kristian Clezy's bio

Kristian Clezy

Click here to read James Mackay's bio

James Mackay

Click here to read Howard Jones's bio

Howard Jones

Click here to read Oliver Peppe's bio

Oliver Peppe

Click here to read Douglas Wood's bio

Douglas Wood

Click here to read Graham Menzies's bio

Graham Menzies

Click here to read Bjorn Hulman's bio

Bjorn Hulman

Click here to read Tristan Elliott's bio

Tristan Elliott

Click here to read Maj Meah's bio

Maj Meah