Electrical Design Manager/Trainee Design Manager

We are seeking to recruit a focused and organised Electrical Design Manager/Trainee Design Manager to join our team to work alongside the Senior Design Management team. The post will be based between our offices in Ballymoney and Belfast.

The ideal candidate would be from a current installation or design role wishing to move to a contracting office/site-based role.


Assist the Electrical Design Managers in:

  • Managing external consultants, main contractors and clients to develop MEP designs within budget and on time.
  • Verification of external consultant’s design’s including detailed analysis of Amtec/Hevacomp (cable distribution) Dialux/Relux (Lighting calculations) and have the ability to carry out self-contained designs of same for development
  • Verification of external Consultants design data including review of Revit models’ outputs in 3D and sectional views.
  • Development of concept designs and management of key deliverables.
  • Attendance and recording minutes at client and design team meetings.
  • Preparation of excel spreadsheets and power point presentations.
  • Develop new and existing business opportunities.



  • Highlighted motivated with excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Must have the ability to work alone with minimal supervision.
  • Client facing attributes and presentation experience will be expected.
  • Have a flexible attitude and be comfortable working on a number of projects simultaneously.
  • HNC /HND in electrical engineering or equivalentOr
  • 3rd Level Electrical Installation Apprenticeship (technical level)
  • 5 years’ experience in an electrical engineering/installation role (including qualifying/apprenticeship).
  • Fully proficient with Microsoft Office suite.

Desirable (not essential)

  • Background knowledge in commercial, industrial, healthcare and/or education sectors with working knowledge of HTM, HBN and Building Bulletin standards preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Dialux/Relux and Revit design software.
  • Experience in delivering projects to BIM level 2.

To apply please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter to hr@dowdsgroup.com or click here complete the careers form.

The closing date for Applications is Friday 30th November 2018.


National Stress Awareness Week

Everyone is at risk of stress, particularly in the workplace. Almost one in every three employees experience a mental ill health problem in any one year. 91 million working days are lost each year to mental ill health within the workplace and Stress is the biggest single cause of absenteeism in work after musculoskeletal disorders.

Feelings of stress are common, normal and experienced by everyone but what is it and what causes it?

In light of National Stress Awareness Week here is some useful guidance and tips from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England to help protect against stress!



M&E Installations Complete on PPI Cancer Centre, Reading

Dowds Group recently completed the M&E installations on a revolutionary new High Energy Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Centre in Thames Valley Science Park, Reading. The £30 million Rutherford Centre has been hailed as one of the most exciting health and life sciences projects in Europe and includes facilities for proton beam therapy, a linear accelerator, a CT suite and an MRI.

The design and installation of the M&E services in such a heavily serviced and precisely engineered therapy centre, at the very cutting-edge of medical advancements, provided a multitude of technical challenges to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the facility. Attention to detail was critical whilst we were provided with specifications and drawings for the project we had to look beyond these and review multiple other documents and drawings to ensure we considered all essential components.  Not only did we have to adhere to highly complex specifications of the equipment suppliers but we also had to comply with specific Health Technical Memoranda (HTMs) design guides which dictated the highest standard of commissioning.

The project required extensive off-site construction and fabrication necessitating Dowds Group working in close collaboration with the client, main contractors and design team to compile a systematic management programme to oversee the works.  Due to the specialist nature of the project Dowds partnered with numerous specialist contractors to complete the installations in complex rooms, which included linear accelerator bunkers, an MRI scan room, CT simulator room, CT Scanner, Superficial treatment room, X-ray rooms and chemotherapy suites. The project was modelled to BIM Level 2 ensuring services could be installed in the designated spaces. Particular attention was paid to the main ventilation for the MRI, CT and LINAC plant areas to overcome the difficulties of limited plant space and access/egress, this involved numerous design developments to guarantee fit and accessibility for future maintenance.

Simon Hardacre - first proton beam therapy patient at Rutherford Cancer Centre, Newport
Simon Hardacre - first proton beam therapy patient at Rutherford Cancer Centre, Newport


To overcome the coordination issues of working with various other on-site contractors we produced main plant deck drawings, showing our plant install routes and identifying plant areas reserved for other contractors. We held weekly coordination meetings with the specialist site teams to demonstrate the model and encouraged comment on walk-overs, where they could be installed and any possible clashes/problems that could arise.  The programme for the M&E contract was extremely tight and there were a number of key milestones that had to be met – lives literally depended on it!  We worked closely with main contractors Graham to ensure we met the sectional and final handover dates so that the specialist equipment was installed and commissioned to meet the clients ‘go live’ date.  Ivor Brown, Senior Project Manager, Graham, said of our work on the project: “Owing to the specialist nature of this contract, there were only a number of M&E contractors with the necessary skills and experience to complete the project to our required high standards.  We were extremely impressed with Dowds Groups’ level of professionalism and look forward to collaborating with them in the future.”

On all our projects we strive to exceed expectations, however we believe our work on this project deserves special recognition, as does the client – Michael Mitchan, Project Manager at Rutherford Estates commented: “We very much enjoyed working with Dowds Group on this project, they have done a very good job.  From management to site operatives we found their approach to work professional, friendly and helpful.  Of particular mention is their post-contract support which has been a source of constant reassurance since handover.”


Mental Health First Aiders

Dowds Group now have 3 qualified Mental Health First Aiders on our team. Damian McCamphill, John McAllister & Melissa Cunning, who are all members of our Health Matters Committee, attended a 2-day Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) course held by Aware NI. The main outcomes of the course was to increase their knowledge and confidence to enable them to provide first aid and support for people experiencing mental health problems at home and at work. They have learnt how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental ill health, provide initial help, and to guide a person towards appropriate professional support.

One in four adults in the UK will be diagnosed with a mental health condition in any given year and many people are not well informed about how to recognise these conditions or provide support. Mental ill health can have a serious effect on not only someone’s personal life but also their working life. We want to encourage our staff to talk about mental health as we would physical health, reducing the stigma attached.

The aims of Mental Health First Aid are to:

  • preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • provide help to prevent the mental health problem becoming more serious
  • promote the recovery of good mental health
  • provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

Damian, John & Melissa found the course to be of great benefit and it has definitely increased their knowledge and confidence should they ever need to provide first aid and support for anyone. We would like to thank Aware NI for holding a very informative and professionally run course over the 2 days and especially thank our MHFA instructors Andrea and Rachel for their support and guidance.


Bright sparks complete BS 7671 2018; 18th Edition Wiring Regulations Course

Recently, a number of our electricians successfully completed the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations course held by Training Solutions NI in Antrim. The course is aimed at practising electricians with relevant experience to update and enhance their understanding of IEEE Wiring Regulations. It is intended to ensure individuals are conversant with the format, content, and application of the Requirements for Electrical Installations BS 7671 2018; 18th Edition Wiring Regulations. The course was spread across 3 full days and concludes with an open book online examination.

Delivered by the exceptional Mr Lyle Dunn MIET MIFPO:

It was a privilege to guide the guys from Dowds Group through their recent BS7671 2018 course. As an instructor, I have three simple objectives on this course, the first of which is to assist the candidate in being thoroughly prepared for the reasonably searching assessment. That particular task was made so much easier by a class populated by experienced electricians who showed interest and who were obviously prepared to work hard over three days of intensive training, not to mention homework! Objective number one was achieved with a 100% successful outcome in the exam The second objective is to make the training as worthwhile as possible. This requires as much from the candidates as it does from the tutor and it was great to see the lads get involved especially in the many technical changes that the 18th Edition has introduced. Objective number two achieved!

The third objective might be regarded as the most important of the three. This is simply for all involved in the course to enjoy the time together. I can honestly say that it was a pleasure to provide tutorial support to such a grand group of lads. So from my perspective at least, objective number three achieved!

I am confident that Dowds Group have a team of first class electricians who are now fully up to date with the latest national standard for electrical installations. I wish both them and Dowds Group every success in the future.

We would like to especially thank Mr Lyle Dunn for delivering the course to our electricians and extend our thanks to Training Solutions NI for organising and running 3 successful days of training for our group as always!

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Apprenticeship Scheme

Applications for both our Electrical and Plumbing 2018 Apprenticeship Schemes are now closed .

Our 2019 scheme will open in Spring next year – please see below for details of our application process:

The recruitment process will then be as follows:

  • On receipt of sending your CV we will invite you for an interview and to complete an aptitude test
  • Successful applicants will be invited to carry out a week’s trial on-site in July/August
  • Having passed the trial you will begin your college course and your Dowds Group apprenticeship in September.
  • For more information or to apply for next year please contact hr@dowdsgroup.com

Prior to applying we recommend and encourage you to register with your preferred college to obtain a place on your desired course.

Bryan completes The Crossing !

We are delighted to announce after three long tough days Bryan is home safe and sound after successfully completing ‘The Crossing’ challenge in aid of our 40 for Forty campaign!

Read his account of the event below:

“Day 1 saw a 7am start leaving Whitehaven and after a tough 5 hours of non-stop torrential rain into the lake district, the sun came out just in time for a major mountain hike where the decision for all riders was whether it was easier to push or carry the bike! The long downhill sections more than compensated though. I was glad to see the campsite and get the first day under the belt.

Day 2 with 72 miles ahead to travel across The Yorkshire Dales from Shap to Northallerton – this day was the longest distance in the saddle. There was a fantastic mix of single track, rocky trails and some big tarmac climbs into the moors. The food stop was welcome, the sun finally came out but the heat from the sun added more of a challenge to the uphill climb before ascending into grassy fields! After trekking across the fields I re-joined the roads that lead over to Kirkby Stephen and up into the Yorkshire Dales.

After the final night’s rest in the Rat Race camp, Day 3 arrived with 60 miles left to complete cycling across The North Yorkshire Moors from Northallerton to Scarborough. At this stage of the game I was definitely feeling the physical strain from the last 2 days but with the end in sight the adrenaline kicked in for a final push . The route delivered wonderful sections of moorland, woodland tracks, quiet lanes and short descents before leading into Scarborough North Bay to the long awaited finish line!

Luckily I didn’t experience any punctures during any part of the route, but had to accept that being on a hard tail bike, the terrain took its toll as the last 90 miles were spent listening to a grinding / squealing rear wheel bearing which gave out.

Overall this was a truly memorable challenge and the event itself was very well organised by Rat Race HQ between the bag shuttling, excellent way marking, the food and campsites at each of the start, overnight and finishing stops.”

A massive well done to you Bryan, we are all very proud of your achievement and glad to welcome you back home safe!

If you would like to show your appreciation for Bryan’s efforts please visit the link below – Bryan’s Virgin Money Giving page is still live so any donation (no amount is too small or large) will be greatly appreciated!