Senior Primary Design Engineer

NES Fircroft

Job Description

Senior Primary Design Engineer
NES Fircroft are looking for an experienced Electrical Primary Design Engineer on behalf of our client, a renowned, global consultancy. This is an exciting, permananet opportunity for a dedicated individual to join our client’s Substations team. If you are ready to take the next step in your professional career, please read on and apply now!
Location: Adelaide, Sydney


  • Managing major projects whilst following Australian utility standards for various projects such as: calculations for cable sizing, detailed specifications, thermal ratings and short circuit force
  • Primary person to lead and manage distribution and transmission substation design project
  • Be one of the key individuals designing and reviewing the primary transmission and distribution designs
  • Able to provide technical advice to junior and graduate engineers
  • Directly involved in tendering and providing key design proposals to stakeholders
  • Building rapport and maintaining relationships with key clients
  • Finalizing designs such as: conductor sizing, lighting and lightning studies short circuit forces
  • Creating a clean plan to manage all HV deliverables of assigned projects as part of a team for primary substation design and in conjunction with other design groups to ensure that the deadlines and budgets are met comfortably


  • Degree in Electrical Engineering, focusing on electrical design is desirable
  • Well-versed with Civil and Structural requirements for HV substations
  • Good understanding of protection schemes
  • Sound knowledge of substation lightning protection transformers, busbars, switchgear substation earthing systems design
  • 5+ years related experience
  • Experience working within a senior substation primary engineering position across HV/EHV substations design (up to 600 kV would be advantageous)
  • Understanding of Primary plant technologies and equipment
  • Ideally have experience in use of engineering software in the design, including fault level analysis, short circuit forces, cable current ratings, earthing, EMF, insulation coordination, lighting Lux
  • Understanding of commissioning and substation construction
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the necessary Australian and International Standards that directly relate to substation design
  • Strong team player with the ability to work autonomously
  • Strong communicator

With over 90 years’ combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world’s leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Automotive and Chemicals sectors worldwide.With more than 100 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.

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