Electrical Design Engineer - Blyth

  • Test & Validation - Blyth
  • £36,000 - £40,000 28 days holiday, 9 Public holidays, Annual Bonus, Pension Scheme & Healthcare Scheme
  • Ref: 123
  • Date Posted: Tuesday 24 Oct 20172017-10-24
This vacancy is now closed

Electrical Design Engineer

Location: Blyth

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) is one of a number of Catapults set up by Innovate UK to accelerate the deployment of innovative technology in the UK.

With primary locations in Glasgow and Blyth, Northumberland, ORE Catapult is working with industry and academia to identify, develop, prove and de-risk promising new technologies and bring them to market. It is helping to reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting the growth of the industry and creating UK benefit.

What is the role?

We are currently looking for an Electrical Design Engineer to provide engineering and inspiration to support, develop and deliver ORE Catapult’s goal of becoming and remaining a recognised centre of excellence in offshore renewable energy. 

As a key member of the Engineering Team, within Test & Validation, the role will ensure the development and delivery of the research projects, programmes and tests, ensuring they are underpinned by robust, expert and sustainable engineering processes, procedures and capability.  The position will be based in Blyth.

What are my key responsibilities?

  • Support and promote Health & Safety, Environment & Quality as core business principles within an OHSAS 18001, ISO14001, ISO9001, ISO17025 environment

  • Maintain currency of knowledge of latest renewable and other relevant technologies, standards, engineering good practice and the application of these in a research and commercial environment

  • Manage and develop the electrical installation and design requirements within the facilities to ensure testing processes meet customer requirements and accreditation standards

  • Responsible for ensuring the setup of customer test pieces and supporting equipment / systems within the facilities are to the required standards

  • Provide electrical specification, design, installation, testing and commissioning skills as necessary to the commercial operations and research activities including, but not limited to, testing, design, development, tender preparation / evaluation, budget preparation / review and customer and supplier interface

  • Support the application of the test process to a give project plan to customers’ expectations

  • Responsible for creation of technical test reports to clients satisfaction, in particular collation and presentation of electronic data in respect of electrical performance and operation

  • Improve processes and systems and proactively create them where needed and do not exist to ensure all ORE Catapult engineering activities (research and commercial) operate in line with, or above, industry good practice

  • Ensure all ORE Catapult projects, programmes and tests are developed and delivered in line with agreed project plans and ORE Catapult processes and procedures

  • Ensure design and project records relating to electrical test, activities and project work are maintained in accordance with ORE Catapult processes and procedures

  • Develop and disseminate engineering knowledge to key stakeholders

  • Represent ORE Catapult at industry forums, demonstrating capability, competency and experience to stakeholders

  • Fulfil role or representative for engineering activities within a project team to develop and deliver projects, programmes, testing and test facility development and their associated deliverables

What do I need to qualify for this role?

Educated to degree level or equivalent in a suitable engineering discipline (Chartered Engineer or equivalent would be beneficial); the successful candidate will have experience of HV distribution systems and associated equipment including convertors and drives; experience of cabling for HV/LV projects and substantial experience of electrical, mechanical and electronic systems.  The role requires the candidate to have the ability to organise and deliver diagnostic activities on electrical, mechanical, electronic, instrumentation and identify the root cause of issues. Knowledge of ePlan, CAD, AMTECH and 17th Edition wiring regulations would be beneficial.

In addition to the above, we are looking for a motivated and strong team player, who is able to work alone or in a collaborative team environment across multiple site locations.  Time management and activity planning along with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal is essential as the successful candidate must be capable of writing detailed technical reports and communicating test results to non-technical personnel.


We offer exciting challenges and career opportunities in an ever growing innovative company at the leading edge of green technology. Our working environment is open, inspiring and multicultural, and we provide great potential for personal and professional development.

In return, an excellent remuneration package is offered which includes attractive basic salary, pension, bonus, and subsidised health care saving scheme.

Closing Date:  31st October 2017