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Primary Application Engineer

Job Type:
Market related


Primary Application Engineer



Location: Birmingham, UK.


Salary: Competitive.


Company Profile


As one of the leading engineering companies, our client help their customers with turnkey solutions in the field of substations for power transmission, renewable energy and transportation.


As a single point of contact they combine the accumulated knowhow of key-suppliers and contractors so that customers benefit from efficient solutions, increased industrial productivity and a lower environmental impact in a sustainable way.


Job Description


To provide the technical expertise in the design and installation of Substation Layouts for 400kV to 11kV substation projects.


Main Accountabilities:

  • To provide substation layouts and associated detail diagrams in accordance with established UK standards and processes through allocated CAD resource locally and in other business units.

  • To develop technical specifications and material schedules for primary equipment.

  • To prepare conductor force calculations.

  • To check and approve project documentation in accordance with established standards.

  • To ensure own work packages and delegated work packages are delivered to project program, scope and align to allocated budget.

  • Provide comment where required on delegated works.

  • Provide technical support and to develop tender scheme options and related project scope documents.

  • To produce engineering time estimates and support monthly forecasts to complete.

  • To input into design and hazard review meetings.

  • To provide technical support at site when required.


  • To be enthusiastic and committed providing high quality support, working closely within a team of dedicated professionals.

  • To be capable of working to tight project time scales within a busy team and have an honest and loyal approach.

  • To mentor other team members as required.


  • Will be focused on value engineering, ensuring full consultation with all design stakeholders.

  • Strive for continuous improvement in implementation standards and costs.

  • Enact the legislative duties of a designer and develop designs which eliminate and reduce risks to health, safety and the environment.


  • To strengthen customer relationships through presentation and delivery of successful design solutions.

  • To hold and participate in design and hazard reviews.

    Position Interactions:

  • Line Managers for resourcing, domain knowledge, training and issues/conflict resolution.

  • Other Engineering functions including HV cables, civils, commissioning, secondary systems, engineering support and lead engineers.

  • Site commissioning, test engineers and installation team.

  • Customers and technical assurance for design review.

  • Suppliers for technical alignment and review.

  • Wider project teams, including project managers, planning, tendering and supply chain.


  • Customer satisfaction.

  • Working to defined budgetary objectives.

  • Achieving successful design solutions and implementing them to the full satisfaction of all stakeholders.



  • Principle Designer – Minimum qualification of HNC/HND in related engineering field and 8 years of applicable experience or minimum of 12 years' experience in lieu of HNC/HND.

  • Senior Designer – Minimum qualification of HNC/HND in related engineering field and 5 years of applicable experience or minimum of 9 years' experience in lieu of HNC/HND.

  • Knowledge of Transmission or Distribution practices (400kV to 11 kV).

  • Clean driving licence is essential as travel to site for site surveys, design reviews and project related activities is required.


  • Knowledge of various relevant industry standard client working practices including National Grid/SSE/SPEN/DNO requirements/IOSH Managing Safely, or similar.

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