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Graduate Electrical Engineer

Control & Instrumentation/Electrical/Electronic.

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About Costain

Costain helps to improve people’s lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK’s energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, de-carbonising and delivering increased efficiency.

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Our vision is to be the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements.

We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our leading-edge Graduate Programme for a Graduate Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer assigned to work within the MEP Design Management team for the production of Electrical design, including its interfaces and integration across the programme.

About the Project

Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures. Gatwick station currently experiences significant passenger congestion both at platform level and in the existing station concourse. The project seeks to provide a world class passenger interchange from plane to train. It will improve passenger experience by providing a new concourse which will reduce congestion, improve vertical circulation and provide an intuitive connection with airport terminals. Our contract with Network Rail is to provide GRIP 3 to 8 services, from concept design through to detailed design, construction, testing and commissioning and handover.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • The Engineer shall work with guidance to the review and management of the design information, the development and integration of Sub Contractor led designs and constructability reviews (managed by the Package Managers plus Others)
  • The resources and design accountabilities are provided from within the Supply Chain; the Design Engineer shall ensure that design production and acceptances are compliant with the project requirements and SCS goals
  • Explore the designs produced to demonstrate consideration by designers for safe construction by design
  • The production of design deliverables shall be managed by an agreed schedule.  Deliverables are to satisfy high standards for safety, sustainability, constructability, quality, and cost.  All works must be delivered in accordance with the contract requirements and deviations recorded - as per an agreed change control process
  • The Electrical Design Engineer will input into and assist in providing status updates within the design planning and reporting systems for each stage of MEP design assurance
  • The scope consists of multiple design components that span across varying systems. The Electrical Design Engineer shall assist to contribute to the day-to-day interactions with internal stakeholders (e.g., Construction Teams, Logistics etc.) as well as external interfaces when require, such as the Employer and third-party stakeholders (e.g., Network Rail etc)
  • Working collectively with all other designers/ design managers, the Electrical Design Engineer shall assist the coordination of design, processes, reporting and change control elements throughout design and installation phases
  • Engage in lessons learnt, 360 and route cause reviews, internal and external, to inform the MEP systems design team in conjunction with constructability reviews, aligned with the project installation strategy
  • Interrogate the Electrical design and its interfaces to support procurement and construction, Safe by Design, minimise environmental impact with a view to future carbon neutrality, maximise opportunity for value engineering and check compliance to the scope
  • Design Management will extend into the construction delivery phase of the project and up to testing and commissioning where all assurances must be reached to evidence full completion of the works.  Design compliance is an inherent task for the design managers with the assistance of the Design Engineer in securing the progressive documentation of design compliance is a prime deliverable with input and coordination with the quality team

Other Responsibilities

  • Conduct themselves ethically with appropriate behaviour, at all times
  • Assist Interface with all Mechanical, Public Health, Fire (passive and active) and Comms design activities including attention to primary and secondary services and commissioning needs
  • Assist in monitoring all design interfaces and coordinating the Electrical system/ components with the civil, architectural and building works-
  • Assist in the preparation of the work schedule for Electrical Design activities, listing all document submittals and monitoring expediting the timely submission and acceptance of documents
  • Participate in Co-ordinate design constructability reviews
  • Follow the Electrical Design process
  • Monitoring accurately of outflow and inflow Electrical design documents
  • Ensure that the works are designed in accordance with the contract requirements and that any deviations are recorded in writing between the Consultant and the Contractor
  • Assisting the Project manager, Construction manager and Quantity surveyor in all aspects related to Electrical Systems
  • Identify design requirements for temporary works where they will interact with the permanent installations, including assistance to prepare solutions design
  • Collect and prepare technical assurances requirements
  • Assisting in tracking the progress of design documentation and facilitate regular reviews with the construction and client teams
  • Be familiar with, and demonstrate commitment to the requirements of the Health, Safety and Environmental Policies
  • Assist with the implement the relevant requirements of the Safety Management System within their area of responsibility
  • Assist with the design and design records to provide the information required for the Health and Safety files and processes, statutory and contract specific
  • Assist with the manage and coordinate the design interface and integration between Electrical Services and other Design Organisations (premises, civils, L&E, track and tunnelling), PFIs and Third Parties- Assist in internal liaison with the Construction Team, QA team and Cost Control
  • External liaison with HS2, Subcontractors / Suppliers and Stakeholders, close co-ordination with the Design Manager as required

Costain's Graduate Development Programme

The programme will focus on helping you to grow your personal and leadership skills, alongside business and of course, the technical skills you will learn day-to-day on the job. The programme is delivered in a variety of formats throughout the 2 years and will allow you to establish a network of contacts that will help and support you through your first 2 years and beyond.

We expect some of our graduates to rotate after a period of 8-12 months, to another project/sector of the business to fully understand the depth and breadth of the services offered by the company. Our line managers are fully supportive of the Graduate Development Programme and will be involved in helping you along the way.

In addition to the programme, we offer mentoring and support in every area of work, as well as a structured training programme to enable graduates to work towards achieving Chartership. Graduates may have the opportunity to work on a number of exciting and progressive projects around the UK during the 2-year period, in sectors including nuclear, highways, rail, water, airports and tunnels.

About you

The candidate must have Degree level qualification in Electrical Engineering (or related subject, or demonstrated suitable and equal experience) knowledge of working within large services biased and infrastructure projects across London Underground, Network Rail and Crossrail and integrating systems within a design environment will be beneficial

  • Degree level qualification in Electrical Engineering (or related subject, or demonstrated suitable and equal experience)
  • Proactive in resolving problems and project result oriented
  • Ability to prioritise work in a high- pressure environment
  • Enthusiastic team player, excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Computer competence (MS Word, Excel, SharePoint, CAD)
  • Relevant CSCS Card
  • Strong understanding of Engineering Principles and CDM Regulations
  • Have passion for Costain's Carbon Net Zero targets 
  • Mobility to work on various projects over the 2-year programme throughout the UK 


  • Knowledge and Understanding of NEC (3) contract
  • Good understanding of Electrical systems
  • Basic understanding of working within a consulting organisation
  • Basic technical knowledge of construction techniques and best practices
  • Understanding of Health & Safety and Environmental management


  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted gym membership, to keep you as fit and as healthy as you can be
  • Volunteering days, so you can give back to your local community
  • 25 days' annual leave plus an extra day if moving to a new house
  • Option to purchase up to five additional days of annual leave
  • Additional annual leave given to recognise long service

Please note that if you are invited to interview, we will require you to produce your passport and/or right to work documentation.
As some of our project sites are based in remote locations, it is worth noting that you will be required to have the ability to travel to site

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • All grades
  • Gatwick
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Transport Planning

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