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Electrification Engineer


Electrification Engineer- Manchester

Closing Date: 26th October

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.


We are currently seeking an Electrification Engineer with specialised skills in OLE Catenary System Design to join our Electrification Team in Manchester to work with multidisciplinary teams delivering a portfolio of exciting, varied rail projects as part of an established Rail Business.


You will be part of a team responsible for the successful delivery of our design commissions for major clients including Network Rail, Contractors, Suppliers and other agencies such as Train Operators, Councils, Passenger Transport Executives and academic institutions.


The Role -  What we're looking for in you


We are looking for a passionate Electrification Engineer, with a sound technical knowledge of catenary system design to be part our North West & Yorkshire Rail Electrification team that is highly motivated and with a desire to tackle interesting problems with the opportunity of finding innovative solutions.


Ensuring the successful delivery of technically excellent multidisciplinary rail projects and bids across our UK portfolio, you will be responsible for, and typical activities will include:

  • Determining the OLE design requirements from our client brief and be able to make sound decisions and propose the right design solution.
  • Produce the required OLE design to multidisciplinary design teams on large or medium sized projects.
  • Checking the OLE designs and calculations within implementation and renewal projects.
  • Sharing knowledge, best practice and innovation across our business, providing guidance, training and feedback with other related disciplines and skills, locally and across the UK.


Current multidisciplinary projects across various GRIP Stages and include Transpennine Route Upgrade, Brent Cross, Headbolt Lane and Midland Main Line Electrification.


The position offers scope for personal skill development, especially in relation to increasing of Electrification expertise within a Rail environment and also mentoring more junior members of the team. The focus will be on developing existing skills and experience and sharing this experience with other team members, in a stimulating and challenging project environment, and so enhancing Arup’s overall electrification engineering and rail capability.




Reporting to our Electrification Team Leader and supported by our discipline Technical Head, you will work with project teams of Railway and Infrastructure Engineers at bid and project delivery stage. You will also develop relationships with our wider electrification and rail communities and our client’s engineering, assurance and project teams.


Essential Skills and Knowledge

  • Experience in the production of Overhead Line Equipment Feasibility, Scheme and Detailed Design reports, layouts, schematics and calculations (including switch and crossing renewal and remodeling, cross-sections, sectioning, bills of qualities, Earthing and Bonding) within multidisciplinary rail projects.
  • Knowledgeable in the allocation design, including UKMS design range
  • Experience of earthing and Bonding Design
  • Experienced in undertaking electrical clearance assesments
  • Competent in the use of design software (e.g. Linear Draft). 

Desirable Skills and Knowledge

  • Experience in undertaking site surveys / site visits and reporting on asset condition
  • Understanding of Third Rail and other railway electrification systems.
  • Understanding and experience in Traction Supply and Distribution.
  • Understanding of structural and geotechnical principles associated with OLE equipment design. 


  • An appropriate degree or equivalent qualification.
  • Ideally, an associate member of the IMechE or IET.
  • Working toward Chartered Engineer with the IMechE or IET or similar would be an advantage. 

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits including private healthcare and a range of other protection schemes are funded by Arup and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a phenomenal place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you’ll be an encouraged member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.


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