Jacobs Steel CAD Designer in Bristol, United Kingdom

Steel 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 74,000 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.

We bring in-depth understanding and best practice for executing projects for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), US Department of Energy (DOE) and several worldwide utility operators and developers.

We have worked on every UK nuclear licensed site and have continuously supported the UK’s Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme since 1984 where we have grown to be the pre-eminent provider of technical services to the MoD and related support clients on nuclear infrastructure.

The Steel CAD Designer is assigned to the Steelwork Engineering Team and their activity is coordinated by the Responsible Steelwork Engineer.


Main Accountabilities:

  • Creating and modifying of the PDMS 3D-Model, by modelling steelwork structures (steelwork structures, platforms, ladders, monorails, handrails, etc.) according to the input data and drawings provided and ensuring that the traceability is maintained throughout the model ensuring the steelwork rules/guidance are correctly followed

  • Creating the detailed 3D-Model of the steelwork by using BOCAD (part of the Aveva package) or Tekla. For this the Steel CAD Designer will use a transfer tool from PDMS to BOCAD or Tekla

  • Carrying out detailed modelling activities of the steelwork structures on the 3D modelling tool

  • When requests for changes are issued by the Steelwork Engineer, the Steel CAD Designer incorporates the changes into the 3D modelling tool, having checked their technical consistence

  • In the event of any technical problems or deviations, informs the responsible steelwork engineer, offers technical advice and makes corrections to the 3D model

  • Produces 2D detailed drawings for issuance to the fabricator

  • Performing of 2D-3D Checks

Key Relationships:

The Steel CAD Designer works closely with the Civil and Steelwork Engineers. These engineers will provide the input data as well as reviewing the works of the Steel CAD Designer.

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: BPSS level security required


  • Engineer educated to Degree level with experience in one or more engineering disciplines

  • Experience with Aveva PDMS

  • Strong experience in steelwork drafting

  • Auto-CAD experience

  • Knowledge of a 3D modelling tool for steelwork

  • Knowledge of the technical constraints associated with plant layout/plant design.

  • Knows how to deal with design and layout constraints

  • Good knowledge of AutoCAD 2D and Tekla or BOCAD 3D (or knowledge in similar 3D, 2D software application)

  • Ability to meet commitments and deadlines

  • Is able to manage own time and workload

  • Able to work in a team, be proactive and take the initiative

  • Promotes a questioning attitude

  • Should possess good inter-personal and communication skills to interact at all levels of the organisation

  • Microsoft Word/Excel

  • Fluent in English


  • Experience in the nuclear sector

  • Experience in plant layout engineering

  • Written and Verbal French

Our Culture

At Jacobs we have recently celebrated 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: ATE00006H