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.
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 team assists network design colleagues with the assessment of substation options and develops selected schemes, from a broad engineering brief into a fully specified build package for delivery via internal and external construction teams.
The team comprises 80 design staff, primarily based at offices in Tipton, Pegasus, Avonbank and Cardiff. It handles in excess of 500 active design commissions at any time ranging in capital value from £50k to £10m.
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.
An exciting opportunity is now available for a Civil Design Engineer, or experienced Civil CAD Technician, based at our Castle Donington office. 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.
Rewarding success and development is important to us and as part of this role you’ll receive annual salary increases.
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.
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.
We are seeking to recruit a Civil Design Engineer with experience/background within in the following areas:-
- The detailed design of civil engineering features, primarily substation buildings (new and modifications to existing), reinforced concrete foundations, steel structures, groundworks, 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 above 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 strong CAD Technician experience, or a recent Civil Engineering Graduate.
* Where applicants initially lack particular skills, appointment on a designate basis may be considered. 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 engineering discipline. Ideally you will have experience in preparing and manipulating engineering drawings using computer-aided design tools (e.g. AutoCAD).
Candidates will further be expected to demonstrate customer focus, flexibility, good communication skills and an ability to manage a number of design commissions.
A full UK driving licence is required for this role.
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.
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