Jacobs Piping CAD Designer in Bristol, United Kingdom

Piping CAD Designer


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally.

With more than 77,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years.

We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business.

With more than fifty years of Nuclear experience, Jacobs has unrivalled nuclear capability and provides full life-cycle solutions to our nuclear clients. Services include programme and project management, design and engineering, reactor support, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance, (radioactive) waste management, decommissioning and clean-up.

We have consistently delivered value and innovation to technically challenging and complex nuclear and environmental-related projects by offering multidisciplinary capabilities, technical expertise, proven processes and a commitment to regulatory compliance, health, safety and quality workmanship.


As part of the Responsible Designer for the Hinkley Point C project, our Client provides Engineering Design support for the Balance of the Nuclear Island (BNI).

This role is a member of a large integrated team seconded into Client team focused on providing high quality design, engineering knowledge & expertise.

Assignment Scope:

The Piping CAD Designer is responsible for the detailed design of the pipes. They may specialise in the design (including calculation) of piping (or also electrical or HVAC) supports. The Piping CAD Designer has interactions with other members of the piping section including calculation and design engineers and also with the engineering layout section.

Behavioural Competencies:

  • excellent interpersonal skills

  • ability to communicate clearly and accurately, both written and verbally

  • proactive and confident in communicating with others, and ability to influence decisions

  • ability to effectively manage own workload, produce high quality documents and respect deadlines

Main Accountabilities:

Designer for piping and piping support

Details of pipework

Creates a piping design file for each analysis unit, following the routing of pipes in the 3D model designed by the layout designers

Incorporates in this design, files all the necessary data for the various teams involved in the overall piping design process (flexibility calculation, design and calculation of supports)

Checks the consistency of the data in the design file:

-The list of valves and the list of pipes and specifications

-The correct integration of requested modifications to pipe routings

-The specifications for pipes and associated accessories (flanges, elbows, reducers, etc.)

-The presence of openings and ducting

-Layout drawings of components (mechanical and ventilation equipment) and isometric drawings

-Absence of clashes

Performs a permanent check on compliance with the layout rules specific to piping design (distance between runs, position of welds and openings, etc.)

Adapts findings in case of deviations listed of above

Performs draft isometrics for checking purposes

Routing of new pipe systems acc. to P&ID and dedicated support work described below

Details design of supports:

Designs the piping supports (clamp, beams, anchor plate...) and models them in the 3D model

With input data provided by the piping calculation team, performs the calculation of the support, with abacus or software

Finalises the design of the supports in PDMS to make them ready to be sent to the contractor for execution activities

Some designers will specialise in electrical or HVAC supports design in connection with the layout team

Depending on their experience and background, the piping designer may be required to lead and coordinate technical activities for other CAD designers within the piping team.

Key relationships:

Interactions with all groups/sections related to the building and in particular with the building leaders and civil engineers, systems and components engineers and the team in charge of the analysis of internal hazards.

Engineering Level:

  • Accepting candidates – Designer Level 2 / Designer Level 3

Security Clearance Level:

  • BPSS level security required

Note1: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the responsibilities & activities that the job holder may be required to undertake

Note2: Based on our Client site Monday to Friday – 40 hours per week

Note3: Travel and Subsistence is not paid for this role

Note4: Please provide travel plan to Bristol to undertake this role / salary expectation / current notice period on Cover Letter with this application



  • Mechanical engineering technician or higher education

  • Experienced CAD designer with significant experience in piping design and technical coordination

  • Good knowledge of piping layout and detailed design, very good ability to work with a 3D model

  • Experience in previous EPR or other nuclear projects

  • Ability to work in a design office

  • Knowledge and experience of using PDMS including Programming Macro Language (PML) – essential - please detail experience on CV

  • Good knowledge of other 2D and 3D design software (AutoCAD, Navisworks)

  • Good knowledge and understanding of general layout rules for an industrial project.

  • Knowledge of the general operation of a nuclear power station and the associated safety aspects (in particular, aspects relating to flooding, fire, radiological protection, high energy line ruptures, etc.).

  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant Health and Safety regulations

  • Proficient user MS Office & Outlook

  • Concise, conscientious, organised with good writing skills

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work in a team as well as on own initiative

  • Results focused with the ability to meet commitments & deadlines

  • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail

  • Fluent English – written & verbal


  • Knowledge and experience of using PDMS including Programming Macro Language (PML) – essential - please detail experience on CV

  • French Language skills – written & verbal

Our Culture

At Jacobs we have celebrated over 10 years of our culture of caring - ‘BeyondZero’. We see safety differently - we strive to go BeyondZero by putting the health, safety and well-being of our employees first in everything we do.

We are committed to equality across our business and we promote STEM and WISE (Women in Science & Engineering) initiatives. When you join Jacobs you will have access to a wide range of Global Networks, centred on inclusion and diversity. To find out more about our networks, check out our website:


We encourage applications from candidates looking for flexible working or reduced hours’ contracts.

Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.

JACOBS is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.

Primary Location United Kingdom-United Kingdom Countrywide-Bristol

Req ID: ATE000155