Job Description

Our client is a leading provider of explosion protection solutions for hazardous areas, focusing on materials handling equipment and diesel engines. With over 50 years of experience, they ensure the highest safety standards without compromising on quality, retaining the original specifications and ergonomics of the equipment we convert. They are seeking an experienced Electrical Engineer to join their team.

EmployerSafety Industry
Contract TypeFull Time, Inside IR35 Contract
Work ModelHybrid, Office-Based
Job IndustrySafety
LocationWest Sussex

Role & Reponsibilities

Job Overview:
We are recruiting for an Electrical Engineer to strengthen our innovative and highly skilled engineering team. The Electrical Engineer will focus on gas detection systems as part of conversions/solutions for industrial materials handling equipment for UK Ex, ATEX, and IEC Ex compliant machines.

This role will be a great fit for an experienced electrical engineer with equipment build experience and/or skills in the electrical design of machines/industrial equipment. Experience in BOM generation, design of electrical systems, and understanding electrical/mechanical system integration are essential.

You should also be proficient in using AutoCAD Electrical, have strong project management skills, and be a self-starter. Ideally, you’ll have a broad knowledge of electrical and electronic control systems, e.g., industrial controllers, PLCs, AC inverters, experience of working in a highly regulated environment, and a background in fault finding complex electrical systems.

Required skills and Experience

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and specify electrical systems for industrial vehicles, including specifying fuses and cable selection.
  • Work with various equipment, considering different types of cables (signal, power, screened) and their placement to avoid electrical noise and interference.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant standards, including ATEX or Ex environments.
  • Integrate gas detection systems and manage cables that go into boxes or are sealed in composites.
  • Modify existing wiring looms, ensuring accurate logging of all changes and adherence to OEM data.
  • Utilise AutoCAD for electrical design tasks.
  • Creation of project specification documents.
  • Component selection for integration into original machine electrical systems.
  • Creation of electrical drawings using AutoCAD Electrical to achieve both vehicle functionality and meet legislative requirements.
  • Contribute to the design of components to be packaged onto vehicles considering extreme space constraints.
  • Specify suitable Ex certified primary traction batteries for equipment.
  • Define electrical enclosure layouts and population.
  • Conceive design solutions to achieve optimal execution cost.
  • Specify product test requirements to support compliance activities.
  • Produce documentation to support product certification and prepare product risk assessments as required.
  • Provide pre and post-sale customer technical support.
  • Comply with all company policies, procedures, and work instructions, including health and safety.
  • Promote and adhere to the company’s values and behaviours.
  • Carry out other reasonable duties requested by management.

Qualifications and Skills:


  • Proven experience in a similar role.
  • Minimum HND in Electrical Engineering or a related field.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD Electrical.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Experience in Marine, Automotive, Aerospace, Military, or Industrial Vehicle Systems (experience with forklift trucks is highly desirable).
  • Familiarity with industry standards and their application.
  • Practical experience in specifying and selecting electrical components for varied equipment.
  • Ability to work in electrically noisy environments, ensuring proper cable separation and shielding.
  • Knowledge of gas detection systems and safe wiring practices in hazardous environments.
  • Broad knowledge of electrical and electronic control systems, e.g., industrial controllers, PLCs, AC inverters.
  • Experience working in a highly regulated environment.
  • Background in fault finding complex electrical systems.


  • Previous experience working in ATEX or Ex environments.
  • A background as an Applications Engineer or Electrical Design Engineer.
  • Practical, hands-on experience in an engineering role, with the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios.
  • CAN protocol knowledge.
  • Exposure to CE marking and creation of technical construction files.
  • Knowledge of EMC relating to machines and control techniques.
  • Hazardous area regulations and design standards knowledge.

Salary & Benefits

  • £35,000 – £50,000
  • Benefits include 25 days of holiday with the option to purchase additional days, a 5% employer pension contribution, life assurance, a health cash plan, an employee assistance programme, and various wellbeing initiatives.

About the Employer

Our client is dedicated to fostering diversity, equality, and inclusion within their workforce. Their organisation comprises exceptional individuals, each bringing unique backgrounds, characteristics, experiences, skills, and motivations. They value these differences and maintain a positive workplace culture, offering career progression with fair and equal opportunities, and treating everyone with dignity and respect.

As a leader in industrial safety, our client is committed to attracting top talent to sustain their legacy of excellence.

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