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Assistant Design Engineer (Drainage)

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Recruiter: Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Listed on: 29th April
Location: Pentrebach
Salary Notes: Competitive + Benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Assistant Design Engineer (Drainage)

This is an excellent opportunity for an Assistant / Graduate Engineer to develop skills and gain experience in Civil / Structural Engineering. The successful candidate will be working on a range of projects and will fulfill a variety roles within the department. The role will primarily involve the design of drainage and other civil / structural engineering schemes together with site supervision and project management.  

Main Tasks

  • To assist, where necessary, under the direction of the Senior Engineer in the design of drainage and other civil / structural engineering schemes.  
  • To assist the Senior Engineer in the site supervision of construction projects to ensure works satisfy the requirements of the specification.
  • To assist the Senior Engineer in the project management of drainage and other civil or structural engineering schemes.
  • To assist the Senior Engineer in carrying out Flood Risk Assessments and land drainage surveys.
  • Provide assistance in the design of SUDS/attenuation schemes.
  • Produce technical drawings using AutoCAD for planning applications, tender and contract drawings.
  • Assist the Senior Engineer in the preparation of tenders and contract documents to NEC conditions of contract. Including the preparation of a bill of quantities in accordance with the manual of contract documents for highway works.
  • To liaise and consult with other Council services, statutory bodies, contractors and consultants in order to meet all statutory and legal processes
  • Carry out topographical surveys for use in drainage and other civil engineering schemes. 
  • Provide assistance to the Senior Engineer in carrying out structural inspections on road bridges, footbridges, culverts and retaining walls.  
  • Assist in the inspection and management of the council's two reservoirs to ensure compliance with the Reservoirs Act 1975.
  • Liaise with members of the public and elected members in a professional manner to provide sound and reliable information.
  • Provide assistance to monitor and update asset management databases within the department.
  • To assist and undertake any other duties as directed by the Engineering and Traffic Manager. 

Personal Attributes

Amount of experience required:

  • Essential - Experience of working on civil / structural engineering projects and specifically drainage schemes.  
  • Desirable - Knowledge of drainage, water and Highway Authority approval processes and Flood Risk Assessment.  

Technical skills required:

  • Essential - Experience in using AutoCAD to generate technical drawings.
  • Essential - Good working knowledge of standard Information Systems and technology (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook). 
  • Desirable - Experience in using Micro drainage, TEDDS, GIS mapping, asset management software.

Formal qualifications:

  • Essential - HNC / Degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering subject
  • Desirable - Further training or qualification in a technical relevant subject

Personality and Competencies required:


  • Quick and effective thinker with a   creative approach to problem solving.
  • Flexible and adaptable when faced with a problem.
  • Ability to work with minimum of supervision.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or on own initiative.
  • Ability to multi-task. 
  • Ability to communicate to a high standard both verbally and in writing.  
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own allocated workload to deliver to targets and deadlines. 


  • Open to opportunities for personal development.
  • Open minded and flexible in new ways of working

Special requirements (i.e. car driver):

  • Essential - Full UK Car driving licence