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Assistant Design Engineer

Sector Design
Location York
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Assistant Design Engineer

Rail / Civils & Structures Design Engineering


Location – York


An exciting opportunity for a rail, civil & structures bias Assistant Design Engineer to join an established and busy in house design team specialising in civil engineering projects in the rail sector.


Business Unit

Having secured a number of long term Frameworks with key clients, AmcoGiffen are further expanding our in-house Civil & Structural Design team.  We have a number of positions available at various levels for engineers who are committed to delivering the optimum design solution, building on their experience, and furthering their professional development.


The in-house design team consists of specialist’s designers responsible for design engineering on a variety of civils, rail and engineering project including CP6, asset management frameworks, Infrastructure projects and tendered rail / civils schemes.


Projects can typically include bridge re-construction/replacement, upgrades and refurbishments, station work (platforms etc.), access for all schemes, structures including bridges, tunnels and footbridges.


The Role

As Assistant Design Engineer you will have the responsibility for input into technical solutions within the team’s budgetary, programme and quality requirements, under the supervision of the Design Engineer’s and Senior Design Engineer’s.


To excel in this role, you will have previous experience in a design engineering environment working on civils and structures engineering projects (ideally rail but other civils project backgrounds will be carefully considered).  Your day to day role will include:


  • Comply with SHEQ policies and procedures, all legal requirements and best practice.
  • Be aware of the current CDM Regulations and ‘Safe by Design’ principles.
  • Apply personal knowledge and technical expertise to your work and to the standards required, by:
    • Taking personal responsibility for SHEQ standards in your role.
    • Encouraging others to work to the required CDM and SHEQ standards.
    • Maintaining personal knowledge of current technical and professional standards required to carry out specific tasks within your role.
  • Achieve the technical compliance of the design to the remit, by:
    • Working to the AmcoGiffen Design and Draughting Procedures.
    • Challenging and agreeing technical requirements of the remit.
    • Producing designs in compliance with industry standards and internal procedures.
    • Working to instructions or sketches to enable the production of unambiguous design to a high standard of accuracy in an appropriate format to agreed timescales.
    • Providing regular reports and forecasts for the project to the Project Leader.
    • Referencing, issuing, filing and archiving design deliverables in accordance with the Design Procedure.
  • Stay informed of design developments in H&S, Innovation, Sustainability and Diversity and implementing them as appropriate.
  • Understand the importance of achieving customer satisfaction by driving and maintaining the highest level of standards and working collaboratively.
  • Understand the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional Engineer and the need for sustainable development.
  • Developing organisational, communication, reporting and presentation skills.
  • Committed to the professional development of self.
  • Contribute to the achievement of the financial success on the project, by:
    • Maintaining timesheets on a daily basis and submitting to required timescales.
    • Developing, producing and maintaining documentation and records as required with a view to increasing overall efficiency.
    • Recognising financial risks, problem issues and potential overspends and reporting them to the Project Leader.
  • Navigation of Models:
    • Open, navigate, view object properties and measure in relevant model viewer, and turn layers/components on and off.
  • Information Management and Sharing in CDE:
    • Utilise key functions such as view, upload, download, search, edit and issue information within the relevant CDE software.
  • Use of 4D Sequencing Tools / 5D Cost Management:
    • Awareness of 4D/5D and their potential to be used.



  • Degree qualified Civil Engineer
  • A good understanding of engineering principles.
  • Problem solving and decision making in line with level of responsibility.
  • Experience of working in a construction environment is advantageous.
  • Good problem solving skills.
  • Good literacy and mathematical skills.
  • Shows willingness to progress and learn from others.
  • Awareness of the design process, and engineering drawing practices.


In return

  • Competitive annual salary negotiable dependant on experience
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays (increasing with service)
  • Company contributory Pension scheme
  • Life Insurance
  • Westfield Health Cash Plan & Westfield Rewards
  • Generous Employee referral scheme
  • Support and employee infrastructure embedded in the business as a platform for personal and professional development creating pathways for unrivalled career development and progression opportunities internally.
  • Consistent learning opportunities
  • A safe place to work
  • Employee forum’s that provide a platform for having your voice heard


Why AmcoGiffen?

You will be joining a reputable and firmly established, engineering contractor operating nationally in rail, civils and engineering markets. AmcoGiffen are renowned in the market as a specialist civil, building, mechanical and electrical renewals and maintenance business with ongoing and successful projects and frameworks across the country, you will become part of our expert outfit.


AmcoGiffen has a wealth of experience working on sensitive, live assets in highly regulated environments, we deliver exceptional peace of mind for our customers, creating and maintaining assets across a growing range of high-quality public and private sectors. These include rail, power generation, electricity distribution, flood defence, aviation, waterways and much more.


Diversity & Inclusion at AmcoGiffen

We value collective expertise, but also the spark that one person can bring. As one of us, you can be you, because your individuality is an asset to our business and the communities in which we work and represent.


We are working hard as part of the civil engineering and construction industry, to improve diversity & inclusion. Our Diversity and inclusion journey at AmcoGiffen, is constantly evolving and is designed to break down barriers and promote the principles of a diverse workforce through multiple channels. This includes delivering training, raising awareness, regular forums and sharing our engagement calendar of activities and events to encourage participation at all levels throughout our organisation.


Diversity & Inclusion is embodied throughout our SPIRIT core Business values and lies at the heart of our culture of Safety, Professionalism, Innovation, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork.


AmcoGiffen is an Equal Opportunities Employer, offering challenging, worthwhile careers to everyone and is pro-actively committed to improving our understanding year on year to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for all employees as well as for the customers and communities in which we serve and operate within.


Health & Wellbeing

Operating from a people first perspective we support safety and wellbeing in the workplace as a priority. We have large number of colleagues that are trained and qualified mental health first aiders to support and listen where appropriate. We enrol all of the AmcoGiffen family onto an employee assistance programme which provides 24 hour, 7 days a week counselling and advice services.


Is AmcoGiffen your next career challenge? If so, apply now!


For more information or to arrange a private and confidential discussion about AmcoGiffen career opportunities, please contact our Recruitment Team: or


AmcoGiffen has a wealth of experience working on sensitive, live assets in highly regulated environments, we deliver exceptional peace of mind for our customers, creating and maintaining assets across a growing range of high-quality public and private sectors. These include rail, power generation, electricity distribution, flood defence, and waterways.

AmcoGiffen is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we offer challenging and worthwhile careers to everyone. It doesn’t matter to us what your age, disability, employment status, gender, health, marital status, sexual preference, membership or non-membership of a trade union, nationality, race, religion or social class are, or indeed any other personal characteristics not directly related to the relevant job. Anyone who meets the requirements of the job is eligible for employment with AmcoGiffen.

We offer excellent career prospects, a competitive salary, and outstanding training development and support opportunities. You can expect to receive a range of benefits (role dependent) including:

Contributory pension scheme

Life assurance

Westfield health scheme

Minumum 25 days' holiday

Private medical insurance

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