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OHL/Cables Design Engineer

Ref no. BHN552275
Location Colchester, England
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Closed

Job summary

Production of EHV Cable designs from a scope provided by Project Managers, Customers or the Design Lead and will include project costings to customer requirements for time, quality and budget.

Key skills required for this role

Cables, OHL, Design, substations, power networks, transmission & distribution, electrical, protection systems


OHL/Cables Design Engineer

Job description

Job Purpose:

These schemes could be for APP and/or Connections (non-contestable and contestable) works, adhering to UK Power Networks design standards.

The EHV Cable designer will liaise with the Project Manager, Electrical and Civil designers, PDC and Alliance members, ensuring compliance to design, CDM and relevant standards for the regulated network solutions for all APP and customer schemes.

The successful applicant shall be capable of satisfying the following general requirements:

  • Producing EHV Cable Designs (below ground and in air) that can be constructed in compliance with standards and CDM requirements
  • Produce effective designs, which conform to all relevant Codes of Practice and company and industry standards in conjunction with Electrical engineering works
  • Oversee and contribute to the production of technical, commercial and contractual documents for procurement of engineering products
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, regulations and company procedures.
  • Compliance with design assurance and audit processes, both internally and for contestable designs.
  • Supporting and mentoring Trainee/Graduate engineers to enhance their technical knowledge and experience.
  • Comply with the requirements of the designer as determined by the CDM Regulations
  • Fulfil the role of Principal Designer for allocated schemes.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Provide an excellent service to the customer.
  • Work as a Team Player in a dedicated team of Designers, Estimators and Planners.
  • Liaise with the operational teams to ensure a smooth process from initial enquiry through to final connection and business closure.
  • Comply with the requirements of the designer as determined by the CDM Regulations
  • Ensure design eliminates/reduces any hazards which may give rise to risks; and reduce risks from any remaining hazards (in conjunction with CDM)
  • Ensure solutions provide sufficient information about aspects of the design of the network, its construction and maintenance as will adequately assist clients, the CDM team, other designers and contractors.
  • Collaborate with UKPN designers.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Educated to degree (BSc/BEng in Civil/Circuit Engineering) level with proven relevant Cable/OHL and substation experience.
  • Circuit engineering background and extensive experience in EHV circuit design and construction works, ideally within Utility sector.
  • Competence in resolving circuit network issues and ability to provide a sound understanding of company standards and policies and their application to this role. Awareness of current and technological developments in circuit / civil engineering.
  • A good safety culture and sound understanding of Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations and their application in this role including IOSH trained.
  • Ability to work unsupervised or under minimum supervision, set and comply with own targets, identify and implement innovative cost saving solutions.
  • A good level of business, environmental, safety, financial, and regulatory awareness.
  • Knowledge of the ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 procedures relevant to the team's activities.
  • Manage (not line manage) and communicate with the CAD team in order to produce design drawings suitable for construction.
  • Experience of undertaking cable sizing/rating calculations for 11kV up to 132kV networks, for both solidly and cross bonded circuits (including de-rating aspects and short circuit loadings).
  • Experience of undertaking cable pulling calculations for 11kV up to 132kV networks, in line with company standards.
  • Experience in designing joint/pulling bays from 11kV up to 132kV.

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