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AECOM Principal OLE Engineer in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Job Summary

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunities for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Here, you will have the freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

Due to the expanding workload in AECOM’s existing Network Rail Framework contracts and a major new Electrification Scheme the Transportation team currently have a vacancy as an Overhead Line Engineer with experience working on Network Rail’s infrastructure and other railway /metro environments in one of the following offices; Manchester, Swindon, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bristol or Liverpool.

Job profile

Working as part of a well-established OLE team, you will be responsible for managing and delivering safe, economical and quality projects for a variety of clients to meet their objectives and requirements.

The Principal Overhead Design Engineer will report to the Team Leader and work together across all disciplines to achieve the best system design approach for each project. This role may include responsibility for leading a team of engineers and designers.

Job Responsibilities:

  • CRE and Lead designer duties for OLE design Schemes.

  • Delivery and management of the production of technical designs for OLE including Layout Plans, Cross Sections, Allocations, Isolation Diagrams updates, bonding designs, and supporting reports and calculations.

  • To develop OLE designs through the different stages of the project life cycle for complex sites.

  • Ensuring designs are delivered in line with relevant, current design standards, are constructible, and apply Safe by Design principles.

  • Work within financial and programme constraints, monitoring expenditure against the project fee.

  • Communicate effectively with other design/construction disciplines and sub-contractors

  • Prepare fee proposal and agree with Director for submission to client, including resources and programme

  • Respond to design queries during the construction phase and attend site meetings if required.

  • Project Engineer Duties for Network Rail subject to successful assessment by the Designated Project Engineer via Form F0054.


  • Maintain cost-effective standards for OLE designs

  • Contribute to the development of continuous improvement plans

  • Develop and maintain client relationships as appropriate

  • Prepare bids and tender submissions

  • Managerial

  • Manage time and resources effectively

  • Manage performance and team development

  • Manage the appraisal of staff competency

  • Develop and manage subordinate staff in line with the Unit Business Plan


  • Ensure a commitment to continuing CPD for self and others

  • Delegate responsibility effectively

  • Display creativity and problem-solving ability in approach to assignments, projects and tasks

  • Show capacity to improve effectiveness.

  • Exercise leadership and interpersonal skills in the management and motivation of others

Minimum Requirements

  • Proven CRE Experience of significant Overhead Line electrical technical design

  • Comprehensive knowledge and Experienced in OLEMI and other OLE ranges i.e. UKMS, Series-1, Series-2, Mk3B, GEFF, Mk1, SICAT, SNCF, UK1 etc.

  • Familiar with Isolation diagrams and their update process.

  • Understanding of Earthing & Bonding required for electrification

  • Proficient in Bentley MicroStation CAD software

  • Excellent communications and organization Skills.

  • Understanding of CSM-RA & Health and Safety including CDM

  • Experience of managing teams.

  • Candidates will be able to provide the experience of working in a 3D common data environment working to BI

Preferred Qualifications

  • BSc, BEng or MEng degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

  • Previous Design CRE Roles

  • Chartered Engineer (or working towards) and member of a professional institution.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days’ annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering - Electrical / Electronic

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 268942BR

Additional Locations UK - Birmingham - Colmore Plaza, UK - Edinburgh - Tanfield, UK - Glasgow - 120 Bothwell Street, UK - Nottingham Regan Way

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.