Job ProfileDesign Engineer – Energy Networks

Before electricity reaches people’s homes, offices or other buildings, it has to travel through various stages from the point of generation to end users across thousands of distribution channels.

As an Energy Networks Design Engineer you’ll be designing electrical networks to make sure power gets from A to B in the safest and most effective way.

The role involves carrying out visits to check the suitability of different sites, then drawing up plans and schematics based on your knowledge and findings.

You’ll be using the most up to date technology for design and communication; you’ll also need to ensure that all the work you produce meets safety and technical standards, and also meets the project budget and timescales.

Working effectively within a project team is essential, as are good communication skills as you’ll have to provide advice and updates to clients and customers on how each project is progressing. .

Training/ Qualifications

An electrical apprenticeship is the usual entry route into the industry – by doing an apprenticeship you’ll gain the NVQ Level 3 qualification that’s most widely used and recognised by the industry. You’ll also need to gain an industry HNC/HND or Degree in a relevant subject, such as Electrical Engineering

Progression opportunities

With experience you could move into project or line management where you’ll be responsible for a number of designers or projects. With your knowledge of the industry you may also want to move into other roles within the energy network industry, or into electrical design within the building services industry.