HV Substation Designer, North East

Vacancy Number:  24809
Craft/Technical - Engineering Officers
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With almost 8,000 employees we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives. This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.

Position Description 


Applications are invited for HV Substation Designers. 


  • HV Substation Design for 38kV, 20kV and 10kV operating voltages 


The HV Stations Designer is responsible for providing safe HV Stations designs within their region. These designs will be packaged and used by ESB staff and/or contractors to carry out work safely and efficiently on the Electricity Network. The designs shall be carried out in line with relevant standards set down by ESB Network Assets and adhere to company standards. These designs may be for work related to internal, commercial, industrial or customer projects as well as ESB’s own work programmes, and will include all aspects of electrical and physical design for substation equipment up to 38kV. Work within higher voltage stations with 38kV interfaces will be a feature as will interaction and coordination with designers at other voltage levels. 

All design work is required to be completed in a timely manner and in line with the ESB Design Standards & Guidelines and ensuring that ESB Networks Customer Charter standards are adhered to. The role includes managing your own design workload. The successful candidate will have the ability to work on his/her own initiative but also as part of a larger design team and will be required to follow schedules set down by their design manager. 



Key Responsibilities 


  • Design of full station projects for both existing and greenfield sites  

  • Maintaining an excellent knowledge of HV and/or MV Electrical Stations design and design tools.   

  • Preparing high quality Electrical and Physical designs including use CAD/CAE systems 

  • Preparing scope documents, calculating costs; preparing capital approvals, authorisations, and protection settings requests, and safety documentation. 

  • Survey / inspection and measurement work within live stations, including safe use of all associated measurement tools and systems. 

  • Perform factory acceptance testing of control and protection panels 

  • Support installers and commissioners with design queries and issues during pre-commissioning and commissioning.  

  • Recording and updating as-built records, Asset Registers and Network Maps. 

  • Maintaining commercial focus by preparing least cost technically acceptable designs 

  • Design Major Projects as part of the Capital Delivery Program 

  • Compliance with H&S Legislation 

  • Compliance with Environmental Legislation 

  • Fulfil the role of Designer under the Construction Regulations 

  • Inspection and recording duties as required 

  • Following ESB’s Code of Ethics “Our Code” 

  • Providing support in the planning and execution of construction and maintenance work programmes as required 

  • Manage design workload as agreed with the relevant Design Manager 

  • Use of IT systems such as IWM, EPlan, FMIS, Excel etc 

  • Delivering an excellent customer service to internal and external customers 



Experience and Qualifications 




  • Knowledge of Utility AIS/GIS HV Substation plant; including, Transformers, Circuit  Breakers, Control & Protection and Metering  

  • A QQI advanced level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate or equivalent which is recognised by SOLAS or  a 3rd Level qualification or equivalent design work experience 

  • A full clean driving licence
  • Ability to translate scope and policy requirements into constructable designs 

  • Ability to Implement standards and policies to ensure optimum design 

  • Minimum of 3 years relevant experience 




  • Knowledge of ESB IT systems 

  • Ability to operate in 2D and 3D CAD/BIM environments 

  • Project Management skills 

  • Apply Quality Management standards in ESB Networks 





The role can be based in any of the following locations:


  • HV Stations North East (flexible across ESB bases in Cavan, Monaghan, North Leinster areas) 


ESB is committed to smart working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible ways of working. The successful candidate may work flexibly within their jurisdiction with attendance at the workplace for in-person collaboration on at least one anchor day per week. All smart working arrangements are subject to manager approval and ongoing review, based on the operational requirements of the role, the team, and the individual.



Reporting to 


The successful candidate will report to the HV Substations Design Manager (North or South depending on location) Delivery Assurance, Networks Customer & Project Delivery.



Why Work with Us?


  • Opportunity to lead Ireland’s transition to net zero carbon future
  • Progressive, hybrid working model
  • Career development through mentoring and training 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunities
  • Sports and Social Clubs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Credit Union
  • Generous Pension
  • Access to staff well-being programmes
  • Generous parental leave entitlements
  • Comprehensive Diversity & Inclusion programme
  • Great team environment working to our Core Values: Courageous, Caring, Driven and Trusted





Starting at €46,000+ per annum



Closing date


30th June 2024



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