Senior Electrical & ICA Design Engineer – Water/Wastewater

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Senior Electrical & ICA Design Engineer – Water/ Wastewater

Coffey are an innovative and progressive organisation who undertake design, build and operation of water and wastewater infrastructure contracts for clients including public municipal, defence forces, pharmaceutical, dairy, food and beverage, and other private industrial markets throughout the UK & Ireland.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking a Senior Electrical Design Engineer with expert knowledge of Electrical Engineering, including Instrumentation, Control and Automation (EICA) design. The role is ideally suited to candidates with experience in the development of EICA solutions in industrial and municipal water and wastewater treatment applications, and in accordance with specifications and standards used in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The Senior EICA Design Engineer will be required to provide design leadership for their field of expertise and this leadership will extend to mentorship of intermediate and junior designers and project engineers. The Senior EICA Design Engineer will integrate within our multi-disciplinary design team and will work along-side external consultants and supply chain partners to develop robust design solutions.

The candidate will play a major part in solution selection, EICA design, application engineering, proposal support and operational support. Experience in the development of the whole cycle of the treatment processes from the concept and detailed design stage through to commissioning and handover is essential.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong understanding of the quality, safety and commercial drivers associated with the design and delivery of infrastructure projects and will be expected to bring an innovative approach to bespoke projects. The Senior EICA Design Engineer will constantly promote electrical safety, in electrical equipment selection and installation and will encouraging an awareness of electrical safety across the organization.

The Senior EICA Design Engineer reports to the Design Manager.


Location is flexible (based in Ireland) and ideally able to operate from our Head Office or one of our Regional Offices at least three days per week. Travel will be necessary to visit live project locations and meet customers and clients.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Engineering Director and Design Manager to deliver Coffey Group design works across Ireland and the UK for public and private sector clients.
  • Perform preliminary and detailed EICA design of water / wastewater treatment plants.
  • Application of appropriate software to provide advice, solutions and successful outcomes to achieve contract objectives.
  • Developing and adopting standards in design to streamline engineering tasks.
  • Liaise with external consultants, supply chain partners, contractors and other stakeholders.
  • Determine the applicable design and installation standards, and ensuring they are applied on projects.
  • Actively mentoring, training and providing guidance to staff within the engineering process and wider group project.
  • Developing cable schedules, block diagrams, and single line diagrams.
  • Ability to plan and develop electrical layout drawings, including cable runs and ducts, using CAD packages.
  • Developing motor and instrumentation schedules.
  • Developing of drive and load schedules.
  • Developing of hardwired interlock schedules.
  • Experience of developing I/O, FDS and control philosophies for water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • Contribute to functional design specifications.
  • Testing (FAT and SAT) of MCC and control panels.
  • Inspection and assessment of electrical installations.
  • Assist the Commissioning Manager in the development of site commissioning procedures and project specific plans.
  • Assisting the commercial/estimating team members in developing CAPEX and OPEX models for electrical, instrumentation, control and automation equipment and systems.
  • Assisting the Tendering Department in preparing tender submissions.
  • Technical specification and report writing.
  • Occasional travel required to project sites will be required.

Desirable Skills, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering or Automation.
  • +10 years of experience in EICA Design in water / wastewater sector.
  • Chartered status is an advantage.
  • Professional Membership of a relevant institution (i.e. Engineers Ireland, IET)
  • Proven experience in delivery of technical designs
  • Excellent technical and commercial knowledge of electrical infrastructure design, construction, and commissioning.
  • Experience of electrical installations, MCC, SCADA and PLCs in the water / wastewater industry.
  • Familiarity in design of site power distribution, cabling, pumps, DOL and start-delta drives, variable speed drives and the various types of motorized plant common within the water / wastewater industry.
  • Strong organisational skills and report writing experience with experience of relevant electrical standards.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and a knowledge 2D/3D CAD software.
  • Ability to work efficiently, whether on their own or in a team environment.
  • Strong People Skills
  • Diligent with an attention to detail.


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