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Substation Design Engineer - Civil

National Grid Electricity Distribution
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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CAD & design jobs
Civil Engineer
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

About Us

We’re National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), the owner and operator behind the electricity distribution systems for the Midlands, the South West of England and South Wales. Serving communities of more than 8 million people, our expert teams deliver heat, light and power for homes and businesses, working outdoors with underground cables, overhead lines and substations that operate between 230 and 132,000 volts.

6,700 colleagues share our vision to be at the heart of a clean, fair, affordable energy future. If this appeals to you too, you could soon work in a supportive, rewarding and friendly environment that empowers everyone to succeed. We live by our values of doing the right thing, finding a better way and using our drive to make things happen every day. That’s why we’ll help you build a worthwhile career to be proud of – whatever your role and passion. Together we can bring energy to life using your enthusiasm and the latest technology.

Net-zero targets are transforming the way we work and increasing the scope of the positive impact we can make. Right now, we’re looking for a Substation Design Engineer - Civil.

Job Introduction

An exciting opportunity is now available for a Civil Design Engineer based at our offices at Avonbank in Bristol. We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and skilled engineer to help us meet the needs of our EHV construction programs. The role reports to the engineering design team manager, under the guidance of our senior civil engineer. This is a unique opportunity for a civil designer, to work in an environment not regularly found in the civil engineering discipline.

The Engineering Design Team  prepare  electrical, protection/control, mechanical and civil designs for schemes to construct, extend or modify electricity substations energised at up to 132,000 volts. The civil engineering discipline is a vital part of this as we have an ongoing need for new buildings, building extensions, reinforced concrete and steelwork, groundworks and much more.

We are a growing team, with a culture of support, progress and continuous improvement. We are looking for an individual who can join us in expanding and developing our outputs, who is committed to the success of the team, and is able to take ownership and personal responsibility for their workload.

As part of our hybrid working approach and in line with our policy, this role allows you to apply for a mix of office and home working. Hybrid working can only be considered once your initial training is complete and subject to business need.

Please see the “EDS South West - About the team” Document can be found on our careers website, along with the advert.

Rewarding success and development is important to us and as part of this role you’ll receive annual salary increases.

*The successful candidate may initially be appointed on a lower salary until all relevant training is completed.

If you are offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.

Main Responsibilities

  • The detailed design of civil engineering features, primarily substation buildings, foundations, structures, roads and drainage.
  • Preparation of detailed engineering drawings in an AutoCAD environment; specifically 2D wireframe but 3D skills may prove useful
  • Preparation of specifications for tender and construction purposes.
  • Discharging the duties of a ‘Designer’ under the Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations.
  • Ensuring compliance of civil design output with NGED policy.

Where applicants do not have familiarity with all of the listed areas, they would be expected to demonstrate core skills or demonstrable experience within a civil/structural engineering discipline.

For example the role could be relevant to candidates with a strong civil site & construction experience (with suitable recognised minimum qualification detailed below), or a recent Civil Engineering Graduate with a level of post study working experience in a civil/structural capacity

Where applicants initially lack particular skills, appointment on a designate basis may be considered. Informal training and support will be given to assist the appointee to develop into the role where necessary. A proactive approach to their own development is expected from the appointed candidate.

The Ideal Candidate

Candidates should ideally be qualified to a national certificate level or equivalent in an appropriate engineering discipline.

We would like applicants to have experience in preparing and manipulating engineering drawings using computer-aided design tools (e.g. AutoCAD) as this is the main tool we use; however for a promising candidate who is able and willing to gain these skills rapidly, this may not be a barrier.

Candidates will further be expected to demonstrate customer focus, flexibility, good communication skills and an ability to manage a number of design commissions as well as hold a full UK driving licence.

* Please note, selected candidates will be required to take part in a preliminary short video interview and these are scheduled to be held week commencing 27/11/2023.  We will then shortlist suitable candidates for a face-to-face interview at our offices in Bristol, week commencing 11/12/2023.

About The Company

If you join us you will enjoy a package of benefits designed to reward your hard work and incentivise your ambition. In addition to your competitive salary, we offer a competitive contributory pension scheme where the company will double match your pension contributions up to a maximum company contribution 12%. You will also have access, subject to eligibility criteria, to join our annual Share Save plan.

You will be entitled to 26 days annual leave entitlement, plus 8 bank holidays. Protective clothing and Safety Equipment will be provided where required and we offer free parking at all main sites. In addition, you will be able to access support via our Employee Assistance Programme, including musculoskeletal and physiotherapy services.

As an equal opportunities employer who is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we celebrate individual difference and are actively bringing in more employees from diverse backgrounds to build on our inclusive culture.

We anonymise all jobs in our recruitment system, so we can eliminate unconscious bias and be a workplace that reflects the community we serve. Hiring managers only have access to necessary information after shortlisting has taken place and before interview so they can prepare.

Additional Application Information

Recruitment correspondence is usually sent by email, so please do check your email account including spam/junk folders regularly after the closing date.

To enhance your candidate experience, we recommend using Google Chrome to complete your online application. Should you have any questions regarding this or require additional support to complete your online application, please email

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early should sufficient numbers of suitable applications be received. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.


We’re National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), the owner and operator behind the electricity distribution systems for the Midlands, the Southwest of England and South Wales. Serving communities of more than 8 million people, our expert teams deliver heat, light and power for homes and businesses, working outdoors with underground cables, overhead lines and substations that operate between 230 and 132,000 volts.


National Grid employs over 29,000 people worldwide. Our vision is to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future and we are doing this in a fast-moving industry with an increasing focus on tackling climate change, exploring new energy sources which are renewable, low carbon, and improve efficiency to meet demand.


We are an equal opportunities employer. Our desire is to bring in more employees from diverse backgrounds to build further on our inclusive culture. We value and celebrate individual difference and we believe that an inclusive culture will help the business grow as a positive, strong and innovative company.


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0117 9332477
Feeder Road
United Kingdom

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