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Mechanical Proposals Engineer

  • Location: Blackburn
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job Type:Permanent

Posted 4 months ago

  • Sector: Renewables
  • Contact: Connie Moscrop
  • Contact Email:
  • Contact Phone: 0191 415 3300
  • Start Date: 2022-05-02
  • Expiry Date: 27 May 2022
  • Job Ref: DaXtra_3807500

The Company

Vital Energi are at the forefront of the UK's low carbon energy generating systems of the future. They essentially work in the construction industry, in a rapidly expanding market for Heat and Power Solutions from Renewable Energy sources. They are a leading turnkey engineering contractor; designing, installing, operating and maintaining environmentally friendly energy generating systems and networks.

Due to Vital Energi's continued growth, They require a Senior Mechanical Proposals Engineer based at The Head Office in Blackburn or Glasgow, to work in this exciting and growing sector of the industry.
  • Family Owned and Run
  • Very and increasingly, profitable
  • Working in a sustainable market
  • Forward thinking
  • Culture: They encourage their staff to move up through the ranks, having a very healthy training budget; They will truly invest in the right people. People who have joined several years ago as trainees are now principals and generally retain staff very well.
  • Just invested in the development of a whole training facility; welcoming their first intake of apprentices in September 2021
  • An amazing, innovative office environment
  • A great order book of business and clients
  • Only very marginally affected by COVID-19 pandemic

The Role
Reporting to the Pre-Construction Director, this role involves a broad range of RIBA Stage 2 & 3 design including District Heating systems and energy centre design including CHP and heat pumps. This will include working closely with our Energy Analysts and wider Bid Team to undertake robust concept designs including initial plant selections, site investigations and surveys, client meetings and input into project submissions and presentations.  

Working within the Design team, you will be responsible for significant elements of the mechanical design, including initial energy centre layout, boiler and pump sizing, pressurisation, expansion, water treatment, de-aeration/dirt separation, pipe sizing and coordination with electrical, architectural and structural design. Other key duties involve the writing of RIBA Stage 2 reports to support Tender and Bid submissions. Familiarity with large-scale thermal generating plant such as large shell & tube boilers and CHP engines is essential. Knowledge of heat pump technology and other technologies such as gas turbines would be advantageous.

Along with project accountability, you will be responsible for junior mechanical engineers of varying levels including Trainee / Juniors and Engineers. This will include allocation of work, reviewing and checking of documentation along with ensuring all projects responsibilities are delivered on time and to programme.


Key Duties
  • Lead the Stage 2 design of distributed energy schemes, energy centres, DH networks up to the point of heat delivery
  • Coordination with other disciplines including electrical, architectural and structural engineers
  • Appraisal and interpretation of the client’s requirements including Tender documentation
  • Specifying the engineering aspects for tendering works in the absence of client tender documentation
  • Have an awareness of cost implications within design
  • Ability to design systems in the form of calculations, equipment selection and process operation
  • Liaising with external designers, customers and Vital Energi’s in-house Bid Team and Energy Analysts
  • Compliance with CDM requirements and our in-house design processes
  • Conduct Risk Assessments
  • Ability to design systems in the form of schematics, calculations, equipment selection, drawings and BMS control operating strategies
  • Ensuring compliance with legislation and best practice with company procedures
  • Work closely with the client to further develop relationships and promote the company

The Person
  • The successful candidates will ideally be qualified at Degree level, with a minimum of 5 to 7 years’ experience in a design/ design build environment. 
  • Sound understanding of design principles including heating/ cooling distribution, Boiler/ CHP systems, with steam system design principles being advantageous but not essential.
  • Good understanding of current Building Regulations and energy incentive schemes.
  • Good understanding of current energy scheme route to market such as NDEE, ReFit, PSDS, etc.
  • An interest and some knowledge in biomass, gasification, geothermal and other renewable technologies
  • A familiarity of National Design Specifications (NES/NBS) and competent in AutoCAD (2D)
  • Experience/ competence of being effective communicators, who are confident and focused, with the ability to manage their time and duties in a professional and effective way.


The Package
  • Competitive Salary (depending upon experience)
  • Contributory Company Pension Scheme
  • 33 Days Holiday including BH
  • Flexible working hours patterns
  • Office based at our Head Office in Blackburn with occasional travel to sites across the UK
  • Plus other benefits to be discussed


Both NRL and Vital Energi are opposed to all forms of discrimination in relation to employment, training and promotion on the basis of suitability for the job and/ or merit. It is company policy that no job applicant or employee receives less favorable treatment than another on the grounds of sex, race, colour, age, ethnic or national origins, political affiliations, religious beliefs, marital status, physical disability or is disadvantaged by unjustifiable conditions or requirements. 

Sadly there is no Visa sponsorship available for this role; meaning only applicants who are legally entitled to work in the UK and are currently resident in the UK are invited to apply.