Assistant Design Engineer [E&P]

Last updated an hour ago
Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

Route Services

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Brief Description

This is a position for Assistant Design Engineer (Electrification & Plant) with low voltage plant experience to join a multidisciplinary consultancy within Network Rail. You will report to a Senior Design Engineer and work alongside other Designers on both single discipline and multi discipline schemes. Ideally you will have experience in signalling power design.

The projects that you will be working on will range from feasibility and early optioneering, through to detailed design of signalling power supplies, points heating installations and other low voltage lineside plant equipment.

You will produce designs and specifications supporting the engineering development of allocated proposals, from clarification of remit (start of stage 2) to the completion of single option feasibility work and handover into detailed design (end of stage 4).

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

1.Analyse development remits, to help maintain a robust challenge to sponsoring engineers and managers, and take part as required in value management and risk identification/ analysis activities.

2.Undertake the development of suitable engineering options for a proposal giving full consideration to safety, reliability, operational capacity modelling, maintainability, ease of construction, and environmental/whole life issues.Engineering excellence is to be supported by:

a.Secure all relevant base data.

b.Review compliance with appropriate standards.

c.Use risk ID and evaluation methods (e.g. HAZOP, QRA, LRM, and the GK/RT/14200 suite), as suitable, to evaluate and compare options.

d.Use feedback from all relevant past projects across the UK rail network, lessons learned etc.

3.Maintain strict change control on scope development; evaluate cost, time and performance impacts in conjunction with development management.

4.Participate in the selection of a single option for further development. Prepare or monitor preparation of reports, papers etc as necessary.

5.Manage single option design as in (2) above.

6.Prepare the full engineering data package required for commencement of the detailed design, and participate in answering clarifications/queries as needed.

7.Support GRIP stages 2 to 4 in all associated duties and carry out cross-discipline engineering checks of all relevant aspects of the proposal, in association with engineers of other disciplines.

8.Manage the engineering interfaces of allocated proposals with concurrent work in other disciplines, or within other programmes.

9.Assist with training and mentorship of junior engineers and trainees.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • IRSE Designer licence or equivalent for non-signalling assets.

  • A demonstrable aptitude for option development.

  • Strong evaluation and decision-making skills.

  • A working knowledge of rail engineering; relevant successful experience working in the principal discipline and an adequate understanding of all other related disciplines.

  • An ability to work and communicate effectively in a team context.

  • An appreciation of all the life cycle stages of rail infrastructure.

  • Construction design management, risk assessment and external audit competencies.


  • An engineering degree or equivalent industry-recognised training qualification.

  • Membership of a relevant engineering professional institution.

  • Experience in design, installation and maintenance.

  • Formal qualifications in risk identification and assessment.

  • Six Sigma Green Belt.

How to apply (External)

Salary circa £33,726 per annum

Closing date: 08/07/2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

*Please note we have adapted our recruitment processes in line with Government advice during COVID-19. Interviews will take place 'virtually' over video and for some office based roles the successful candidate may need to work from home initially using their own personal device. This guidance is subject to change, we will update you accordingly. We appreciate your understanding.

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