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Electrification Engineer- Manchester


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/ York 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

The ideal candidate would have 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 multi-disciplinary rail projects. In addition, they would also be competent in allocation design, including UKMS design range, have experience of earthing and Bonding Design and in undertaking electrical clearance assessments. Lastly they would require competency 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.  


Rewards and Benefits

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

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.


Different people, shared values.

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks - BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women - provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference - discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best throughout your application.

At Arup, we appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply, and we will discuss how this could work in your role.

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, this will be subject to delays owing to the festive period


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