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Principal Electrical Engineer (Data Centres)





Employment type

Full time

Contract type



37.5 Hours

We have a brand-new opportunity for a Principal Electrical Engineer to join our established Data Centre specialist team within our successful MEP division based in either our Cardiff or London offices.

Its an exciting time to be joining the team – we have a proven track record of managing data centre projects across the UK and are now looking to expand our team and take on larger projects. You will have the opportunity to work on state-of-the-art data centre projects that drive the future of technology, expand your skill set and progress with your career.

Your role will include:

You will play a critical part in the planning, design, and maintenance of world class data centres. Key responsibilities also include:

  • Design and Planning: Collaborate with senior engineers to contribute to the electrical design of data centres, ensuring efficient and reliable operations.
  • Project Support: Assist in project management tasks, such as creating project schedules, budgets, and resource allocation plans.
  • Technical Analysis: Conduct technical analyses, calculations, and simulations to optimize data center performance and energy efficiency.
  • Documentation: Create and maintain comprehensive engineering documentation, including schematics, diagrams, and technical reports.
  • Quality Assurance: Perform quality control checks to ensure that all electrical systems meet industry standards and specifications.
  • Maintenance: Participate in the development of maintenance strategies and procedures to ensure the ongoing reliability of data center equipment.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams, including architects, project managers, and contractors, to achieve project goals.
  • Compliance: Stay up-to-date with industry codes, standards, and regulations related to data center engineering, and ensure projects adhere to these requirements.

Our Data Centre team:

Our team explain how waste heat can be captured and re-used effectively and efficiently, allowing us to make zero carbon data centres a reality! Find out more about our specific data centre projects here.

Our Mechanical, Electrical & Public Health (MEP) division:

Our MEP team are specialists in energy, sustainability, and engineering design. We bring buildings to life and create award winning, high-performance environments that enhance the built environment – working across all sectors including commercial, industrial, leisure, retail, manufacturing, logistics, heritage and residential.

Our work includes:

  • Building performance modelling
  • Building performance optimisation
  • Carbon verification and validation strategies
  • Daylight and sunlight studies
  • Net-Zero strategy
  • Sustainability benchmarking and environmental assessments
  • Sustainable master planning
  • Strategic utility management services

We offer a fresh approach to MEP, getting involved early, working collaboratively with the design team, highlighting options, guiding design development, and using our expertise to help clients make key decisions.

Most importantly, you’ll find us a lively, good-spirited team, passionate about what we’re doing and enjoying each other’s company – we’ll be sure to give you a warm welcome too! Check out our MEP project portfolio here.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need:

  • Proven experience as a Principal Electrical Engineer (or experienced Senior) with a strong track record of electrical delivery on a variety of Data Centre building service projects.
  • Relevant electrical engineering qualification at HNC, HND, Bachelors or Masters level.
  • Ideally a chartered engineer or working towards membership with a relevant institution.
  • Sound knowledge of BIM processes, Review, IES and other design software.
  • Working knowledge of current building regulations with a strong understanding and passion to apply sustainable design principles.

What's great about Hydrocknow Stantec

We are a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 900 staff in 21 offices across the UK. Our driving motivation is to be a ‘Force for Good’, as it is our aim to improve the quality of people’s lives from our employees to our clients, through to the communities we work in and our planet as a whole through the work we do.  

From the buildings that surround you, the roads and bridges you cross, all related to the infrastructure that we create, we aim to offer the most sustainable possibilities to shape the places, communities and society that we live in through meeting our client’s needs. Through the path we are on to delivering a green future, the result is something that everyone can be proud of. 

Named as Building’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2023, we’re known for delivering outstanding sustainable projects for our communities, planet, and society.

Some of these projects have recently received industry accolades, including Cleveland Pools winning the Conservation and Regeneration category at the Construction Excellence South West Awards 2023; Bay Technology Centre named Commercial Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards 2022; YGG Tan-y-Lan picked out in the Integration and Collaborative Working category at Construction Excellence Wales Awards 2022; The Deaf Academy singled out for its Universal Design at the Civic Trust Awards 2022; and Bristol’s iconic waterfront Wapping Wharf Living sweeping up at the Bristol Property Awards.

Take a look at our 2023 end of year film and get a feel for what we’re all about. 

What we can offer you: 

  • Inspiring and supportive colleagues 
  • Reward for progression and hard work 
  • An opportunity to develop your soft skills, as well your technical skills
  • Competitive starting salary 
  • Excellent health benefits 25 days of holiday (buy/sell up to five days), accrue 1 day extra every 2 years, with bonus holidays too!
  • An earlier finish on Friday (4pm!) 
  • An opportunity to give back: “Day off for good cause” (on a workday) 
  • A huge range of flexible benefits, including climate perks and an EV car leasing scheme 

A place to feel included

We champion diversity, equity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we commit to supporting our employees and ensure we create a safe environment that nurtures you to perform at your best. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving this aim.  

We consider all application individually with the required qualifications and knowledge without regard to any of the protected characteristics. We would like to provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience so we ask with are made aware of any physical or neurodiverse condition within your application for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us. 

Looking for the next steps? 

Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we aim to review and respond to you as soon as your application’s been reviewed.

If shortlisted, a member of our Talent Acquisition Team will call you for an initial pre-screen by phone (typically 30 minutes) to help us assess your motivations and interest in the position and Hydrock, now Stantec. 

If you progress following this telephone pre-screen, you will be invited to attend a formal interview by video conference (Microsoft Teams) or in our offices. 

For the latest updates and news, connect with us on our LinkedIn page!

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