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When you join Western Power Distribution you become part of our team of over 6,600 professional and support staff looking after our extensive electricity distribution network.  We serve over 7.8 million customers across the Midlands, South Wales and South West.

We cover highly populated urban centres such as Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff, beautiful remote locations including the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor and the Peak District and everything in between!

You will become integral to a company offering many benefits and a supportive working environment.  We are committed to investing in the latest technologies and working methods to improve service to customers.

We know that our people are at the heart of this success and work hard to create a working environment that all our employees can be proud of.


Job Introduction

We are seeking to recruit a Design Engineer within the specific role of Protection Settings Engineer in the Tipton area.

The Engineering Design Team prepare electrical, protection/ control, mechanical and civil designs for schemes to construct, extend or modify electricity substations energised at up to 132kV. The team assists network design colleagues with the assessment of substation options and develops selected schemes from a broad engineering brief into a fully specified build package.

The team also has responsibility for the preparation, issue and archival of protection relay configurations and settings at up to 132kV The broader ED Team comprises 75 design staff, primarily based at offices in Tipton, Pegasus, Avonbank and Cardiff. It handles in excess of 500 active design commissions at any time ranging in capital value from £50k to £10m.

*The successful candidate may initially be appointed on a lower salary until the completion of all required training. 

If you are offered a position, you will be required to complete and provide a satisfactory basic DBS check that shows any unspent convictions or conditional cautions.

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Main responsibilities

We are seeking to recruit a strong team player to join us in the role of Electrical Design Engineer within the specific role requirement of Protection Settings Engineer. It is imperative that the candidate is able to hit the ground running in the following areas:

  • Experienced in the calculation, issue and recording of protection settings, and voltage control settings for applications from 11kV to 132kV.
  • Experienced in the Configuration of programmable scheme logic for protection relays.
  • Specialist response to incidences of potential mal-operation of protection systems.

Candidates will need to demonstrate an aptitude and experience in protection settings and configuration activities, together with experience in numeric/modern protection device application, programming, configuration, and settings.

Longer term, the candidate would be encouraged & supported to develop the following complementary skills:

  • Design and specification of substation plant and protection systems, for applications up to 132kV.
  • Acting as lead designer for substation design outputs up to 132kV.
  • Provision of specialist substation engineering advice to project stakeholders.

Ideal candidate

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an aptitude for protection settings and configuration activities.  Good communication skills and the ability to manage multiple diverse projects simultaneously are also essential.

You will be expected to gain proficiency in the use of IPSA, PSSE, Aspen, and AutoCAD.

Candidates should be qualified to higher national certificate level, or above in an appropriate engineering discipline.

Applicants should hold a full UK driving licence.

Interviews will be held on Monday the 20th December 2021.

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