Design Engineer – Substation Primary

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Job Description

About the role

Balfour Beatty has an exciting opportunity for a Primary Design Engineer to join our Power Transmission & Distribution business based in Leeds

We are open to both full time and part time candidates (including job share), and offer a flexible working policy.

Role Purpose:

  • The main function of the role is to design the substation primary engineering for electrical substation projects up to a voltage of 400kV.
  • The role also includes the General, Planning and Procurement responsibilities as detailed below for delivery of substation projects.

What you’ll be doing

Design Responsibilities:


  • Identify all relevant standards and Customer requirements, ensuring compliance with relevant National / International Standards and legislation, and contract specification.
  • Sound knowledge of AIS and GIS substation design up to 400kV.
  • Prepare and review substation design e.g. single line diagram, layout/Elevation drawings, MEWP access layouts.
  • Sound knowledge of proposal and optioneering design as per customer requirements.
  • Prepare substation design calculations e.g. earthing design, SC force calculations.
  • Familiar with electrical and mechanical interlocking philosophy
  • Produce equipment tech specs and engagement with supplier for their offer validation.
  • Civil and structure design validation.
  • Design work to be undertaken with due regard to Health, Safety & Environmental Procedures and production of Designer Risk Assessments, as necessary, to fulfil the Company obligations in compliance with current CDM regulations.
  • Examine contract documentation and establish the Company scope of work including termination boundaries. Where this differs with the tendered contract requirement then these differences should be highlighted to the Project Manager.
  • 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
  • Primary equipment FAT witness knowledge is desirable.

Who we’re looking for

Personal Qualities and Experience:


  • HNC/HND in Electrical Engineering or higher.


  • 6-8 years expiernsce in HV substation design engineering
  • Liaising with customers and suppliers;
  • Overall design and specification of electrical power systems and associated power system components;
  • Calculations to demonstrate integrity of designs;
  • AUTO CAD working experience is essential and AUTODESK Revit is desired
  • experience in substation design calculations to demonstrate integrity of designs. e.g. short circuit force, earthing design etc.
  • Microsoft Office Packages.

Why work for us

Balfour Beattys Power Transmission & Distribution teams work with regional, national and international electricity network owners and operators to provide technical engineering solutions.

Day in, day out, our skilled and dedicated teams deliver a range of proactive and reactive services which support a reliable and safe supply of power flowing to millions of homes and businesses around the world. Our contracts range from 50,000 schemes to 100 million plus major projects.

Our people are our biggest asset and we focus on recruiting, training and developing the people who can apply innovation to deliver the infrastructure of the future. We nurture these talents, offer a great benefits package and continually invest in developing the skills of our people at every level.


About us

Balfour Beattys Power Transmission & Distribution teams work with regional, national and international electricity network owners and operators to provide technical engineering solutions.

With experience and expertise across the full spectrum of the electricity grid our teams have capability across overhead lines, cable tunnels, distribution networks and substations.

From scoping and feasibility, to design, construction and on-going maintenance, our in-house experts, flexible resources and industry-leading innovations support clients in the development of some of the worlds most ambitious power transmission and distribution projects.

At Balfour Beatty we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential, not only because this is the right thing to do, but because it makes us a better business. To ensure we deliver on this commitment, we have a UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which sets out the wide range of targeted, proactive, measurable steps we are taking to make this a reality. You can read our UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan in full at

To help and support us with our desired commitment to create an inclusive culture we are members of WISE, enei, Business Disability Forum and Women into Construction. In 2020, we signed the Audeliss and Involve Open Letter to demonstrate our commitment to taking key long term and sustainable actions on Black Inclusion. Balfour Beatty is also a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence ‘Employer Recognition Scheme’ and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role.

Further information on Disability Confident can be found at:

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