Electrical Design Engineer

Contract Type: Full-time

Company: R&B Switchgear Services Ltd

Location: Heywood OL10 2EX, UK

Salary: Competitive

Since 1985, R&B Switchgear Group have provided world-class power engineering solutions to a diverse client base. Specialising in the design, manufacture, installation, and commissioning of LV and HV switchgear and associated assets, we offer turnkey solutions to some of the world’s largest blue-chip companies.

Together, we welcome and celebrate individual differences as we shape the future of power distribution. Join us in our pursuit of becoming the best-in-class provider of power engineering solutions.


We’re looking for a dynamic, solutions-focused Electrical Design Engineer to join our Heywood division to oversee the delivery of power systems projects to provide world-class technical solutions, underpinned by an exceptional standard of service.


Your new role

As an Electrical Design Engineer, you will be a key part of our design department, responsible for developing bespoke solutions for HV and LV switchgear engineering projects. Your tasks will include preparing detailed electrical wiring diagrams, schematics, single-line, and general arrangement layout drawings. You should have extensive knowledge and experience in HV/LV power distribution systems, including switchgear, transformers, protection, and associated equipment. Familiarity with the operation of circuit breakers (ACB, MCCBs) and applying this to project designs is essential.

Attention to detail and expertise are crucial as you support the project team in designing final solutions and providing recommendations tailored to each project. You will collaborate with various teams within the manufacturing and test departments, providing technical specifications and addressing queries to ensure a high-quality product. Upholding professional standards, you will champion the business and assist the management team in implementing policies and procedures. You should be accountable, solutions-oriented, and proactive, working efficiently under pressure to meet high standards and deadlines.


Your responsibilities
  • Developing electrical design concepts using the necessary tools and programs (AutoCAD)
  • Prepare concepts and electrical solutions for switchgear projects up to 11kV based on customer specifications and in accordance with applicable standards
  • Layout and configuration of switchgear and switchboards follow design processes developed by R&B Switchgear Group
  • Ability to read, understand, interpret customer drawings/specifications, and define the layout and configuration of switchgear and switchboards
  • To design parts and assemblies while meeting cost and quality targets. Explore and evaluate alternate solutions
  • Collaborate with the mechanical design engineer on certain projects
  • Support Test Department to ensure designs meet with client specifications
  • Preparing the documentations for the PM to issue to the client / production department
  • Provide support to the project management team from concept + quoting through to producing final ‘as built’ documentation.


Your skills and background
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in design of switchgear projects (Experience in Medium Voltage Switchgears will be plus)
  • Ability to create technical CAD drawings using industry leading software systems
  • Detailed, proactive and solutions orientated Analytical mindset with strong planning and self-learning skills
  • Ability to work with different projects at the same time and prioritise work according to changing demands of the department
  • Familiarity with:
    • Modbus and TCP/IP communications protocols, and RS-485 and Ethernet interfaces o Application of power circuit monitoring equipment
    • Application of protective relaying, including over/under voltage, phase loss, frequency, G99, and sync check
    • Application of Automatic Changeover Circuits for Circuit Breakers (ACB’s, MCCB’s)
    • MV protection relays
  • Preferred but not essential:
    • Familiarity with rules, regulations, best practice and industry performance standards
    • Experience of developing and managing systems such as ISO 9001, 14001 & 18001/45001 through accredited bodies
    • Ability to build relationships and influence people at all levels, to drive continuous improvements and behavioural change through the organisation.


What will you get in return?

As a business we value our people, because it’s our people who set us apart. As a member of our team, you’ll receive a wide range of benefits including;

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual performance-related bonus scheme and pay reviews
  • Bespoke training and career development opportunities including professional qualifications and accreditation
  • R&B is currently trailing a 9-Day Fortnight across the company
  • 33 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Occupational Health Provider
  • Company wellbeing workshops
  • Access to mental health support and counselling
  • Sick pay scheme for those days you need to rest and recover
  • Auto-enrolment personal pension scheme which is matched by the company
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Commission scheme for engineers generating new enquiries
  • Discretionary 2 week paid sick leave allowance after probation
  • Social committee with calendar of regular social events – all paid for by the business
  • Individual recognition and reward schemes including employee of the year celebration
  • Free Parking

We look forward to receiving your application. If you want to discover more about R&B, visit our website www.rbswitchgeargroup.com