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Principal traction power engineer

Job Profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic, confident and experienced Principal traction power engineer to lead and support our Midlands team in projects such as HS2 and other multi-disciplinary projects.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

Our rail team are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, imaginative and committed person to join our growing, world-class rail business as a Principal traction power engineer. In return we offer you the opportunity to develop your career and shape exciting projects, such as HS2, Crossrail 2, Northern Powerhouse, Midland Hub etc.

The role is varied and will:
Be based around the Midlands to provide traction power support in the Birmingham area, but also support teams in other parts of the UK.
The role will encompass:
Responsibility for the successful performance of traction power projects in the Midlands areas. You will also lead the support of the UK Midlands office for existing and in preparation for new projects (e.g. HS2).
Ideally, commercial and financial responsibility for the delivery of traction power projects on time and to budget.
Line management responsibilities as the team in the Midlands grow.
Business development responsibilities (as part of a wider BD plan for the traction power team).

You will be responsible for providing technical input, on the issues described below, on major projects which Mott MacDonald is undertaking. The work covers all areas of DC and AC traction power systems including issues associated with earthing and bonding of such systems and also including in AC/DC interface areas.
Part of your role is to work in the following subject matter area:
Ideally you need experience in a wide range of traction power engineering as follows:
  • Traction power systems design for AC and DC based rail systems
  • Have knowledge of AC and DC traction power supplies including an understanding of major feeding and sectioning principles
  • Have knowledge of AC and / or DC traction power protection studies
  • Have the ability to coordinate DNO supply connections and substation interfaces at voltages up to 400kV
  • Have the ability to carry out LV protection calculations in accordance with the requirements of BS7671 (IET 17th Edition Wiring Regulations)
  • Be able to perform traction power substation layout design
  • Have the ability to develop site layout plans, building layout plans and switchgear arrangements in a CAD environment
  • Be experienced in providing on-site design support during the construction phase of traction power substations.
  • Be experienced in site acceptance testing and commissioning of traction power substations
  • Have knowledge of traction power earthing and bonding principles
  • Have knowledge of other railway LV systems including station power supplies, station services, signalling power supplies, etc.






The role is based in the Midlands, but as we work for most of the major UK infrastructure owners this will require some travel as project demand dictates. Business development will be a key part of your role – to coordinate the preparation of bids, develop strong relationships with key clients, and proactively promote our services through internal and external networking opportunities such as relevant seminars, conferences and other events.

Candidate Specification

Essential academic, professional qualifications and experience:

Chartered Engineer or equivalent,
An appropriate degree (e.g. BEng in Electrical Engineering) or a HNC/HND in Electrical Engineering and a member of a relevant institution (e.g. IET).
Have the ability to communicate with clarity both verbally and in writing.
Extensive experience working for an engineering consultancy within the rail sector

Essential competencies / skills:
Substantial experience and be able to demonstrate the following:

Experience in traction power design throughout project lifecycles.
Detailed knowledge and experience of Network Rail design approval process at CRE level.
Technical design experience to carry out supervision and project management of staff.
Capable of producing and checking a wide variety of Traction power design details.
Have an understanding of system engineering concepts and safety management.
Be familiar with construction and installation methods.
Be proficient in project planning and costing.
Able to write and check reports and specifications.
Good communication and people skills.
Be willing to travel to other UK offices and overseas when required.
Proven track record in winning and undertaking fee-earning work.
A record of building of strong client relationships
Proven record of successfully managing the performance of teams and the development of staff in their careers
Excellent and effective written and oral communications skills and an ability to relate to others at all levels
Strong leadership skills
Is decisive, tolerant of ambiguity with high energy levels

Desirable Competencies / Skills:
Previous experience of programme performance including commercial, financial and technical delivery.



If you feel you have most of the above, we would like to hear from you.
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