Electrical Engineer in England - Derby, United Kingdom

at Atkins

Engineering / Technology
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

  • Conformity assessment of new rolling stock and engineering change to existing rail vehicles against a combination of Railway Group Standards, Technical Specifications for Interoperability and Euronorms;
  • Technical investigations to identify causes of failure and unreliability in mechanical systems and proposing technical solutions;
  • Designing solutions to improve functionality or enhancement of mechanical systems and producing installation documents, adopting current best practice and complying with relevant standards and legislation;
  • Designing interfaces between new mechanical equipment and existing train systems;
  • Contributing to risk assessments for engineering change, to support the train operator’s statutory obligations and producing safety justifications / analysis;
  • Contributing to the bidding process, estimating resource requirements to deliver a project and then delivering the work within budget;
  • Liaising with external clients, Atkins project managers, suppliers, team members to achieve compliant engineering solutions and certification to budget, on time and fulfilling the aspirations of the customer;
  • If required, working within a client organisation for periods of up to 1 year under their management systems and direction; and
  • Technical auditing and vehicle inspection.


  • Degree level in a mechanical engineering discipline or equivalent experience in either the design, manufacture, test and/or repair of mechanical equipment for railway applications
  • Practical experience working on rail vehicle mechanical systems.
  • Detailed knowledge of some or all of the following train systems; external/internal doors, braking systems, gangways and couplers, diesel engines and cooling systems, air supply systems, bogies, suspensions and structures.
  • Knowledge of the purpose and scope of Railway Group Standards, TSI’s and Euronorms.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Proficient user of IT systems (e.g. MS Office).
  • A willingness to adapt and acquire new skills to meet the needs of the business.
  • An ability to work to the complex documented processes and methodologies required by an externally accredited management system
  • Chartered Engineer or qualifications leading to chartered status;
  • Sound commercial acumen;
  • Knowledge of traction and rolling stock electrical systems and operation;
  • Understanding of Railway Legislation and rolling stock approvals regimes;
  • An appreciation and understanding of the principles and implementation of rail vehicle maintenance regimes; and
  • Understanding of interaction between vehicles and railway systems.
Behavioural:   Confident interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to explain complex engineering issues to persons with a range of skills and abilities. Empathetic to customer needs. Detail conscious, with concise, professional report writing abilities.
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