Substation Primary Layout Engineer

Are you a Self-Starter who enjoys problem solving and has an ability to communicate complex technical issues in a clear and concise manner to facilitate decision making by senior management?

We have an opportunity for a Substation Primary Layout Engineer – you’ll be working on projects up to a voltage of 400kV and providing design drawings for Grid and Primary substations.

Main responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Work both independently and alongside the Senior Design Engineer & other members of the team to deliver projects to targeted levels of quality, timeliness, and profitability.
  • Produce a comprehensive suite of design drawings for Grid and Primary substations.
  • Prepare technical specifications for electrical plant and providing associated electrical designs for the substation upgrades, and new substations projects from 11kV up to and including 400kV.
  • Produce substation design feasibility reports, cost estimate, layouts, GA’s as well as the preparation of plant specifications that include transformers, switchgear, and battery systems.
  • Reviewing designs produced by suppliers and client to ensure designs are technically compliant and in line with current legislation and policies.
  • Attend and contribute to Design Review / Contract Close-out Meetings, ensuring that appropriate items are actioned in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with Designers and CAD technician on drawings requirements.
  • Initiate the preparation of all required drawings and approve all drawings to be submitted for customer / sub-contractor interface.
  • Interface with other discipline e.g. Civils, Protection, HV cables and OHL engineers

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree – Electrical Engineering or an equivalent qualification(s) and/or relevant experience in a related field.
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD/MicroStation and AutoDesk Revit (Desirable).
  • Experience of HV and EHV Plant specification, 11kV up to and including 400kV, design, load calculations and rating studies.
  • Demonstratable experience in HV and EHV substation design (both AIS & GIS), from 11kV up to and including 400kV.
  • Knowledge of engineering standards and technical policies for HV and EHV plant, substations (including earthing and electrical clearances).
  • Experience working with IDNOs, DNOs, or ICPs and working to BSEN, IEC, IEEE, and CENELEC Standards
  • Exposure to substation cable design and protection and control.
  • Experience of small, medium, and technically complex new substation, retrofit or network reinforcement projects.
  • Demonstrable technical skills in Transmission voltage level underground cable systems development, design and specification or demonstrable transferable skills and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to demonstrate diligence and to prioritise workload.

This position may be home based but you must be able to attend an office 2-3 days per week:Driffield, Hessle, Derby, Whyteleafe, Tadcaster, Belfast, Caerphilly, may be home based but must be able to attend an office 2-3 days per week.


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