Smith Brothers power system design team doubles in size

High voltage electrical engineering firm Smith Brothers has added 39 years of power system design expertise to its portfolio with a quartet of specialist appointments at its Sheffield office – doubling the headcount from four to eight.

Elland-headquartered Smith Brothers opened its second Yorkshire premises – on Parkway Avenue, Sheffield – in September 2018, to further bolster its extensive remit of turnkey electrical engineering services and has overseen the delivery of 16 projects since its inception.

Having added civil design engineer Sameh Dawoud to the team earlier this year, Tom Kirkham has since joined as a primary electrical design engineer, bringing with him nine years of experience within the sector, from employers such as ABB Power Grids and Morrisons Utility Connections.

Working part-time while studying for a PHD in electrical engineering and SMART grids at the University of Strathclyde, Kianoush Naraghipour has also come on board as an earthing design engineer. Having worked in UK-based electrical systems since 2010, he brings experience from BPI, Synergy, UKPS and Morrisons Utility Connections.

The final appointment, senior protection and controls (P&C) design engineer Scott Walker, adds a further 20 years of experience to the team. His role will involve developing and reviewing technical specifications and drawings as well as aligning engineering deliverables with project requirements.

Richard Furniss, senior design manager at Smith Brothers power system design said: “As our reputation as an ICP and EPC specialist flourishes, we are finding that clients which enlist us for complex connection projects also require extensive studies and expert design skills – including civil and structural alongside core electrical.

“With a large number of high voltage connection projects currently in planning, design and construction, the demand for electrical design services has grown exponentially and we’re proud to be able to further enhance our offering and overall service to clients with these latest appointments.”

In the wake of several significant project wins, the firm is still recruiting for high voltage cable jointers and electrical fitters, details of which can be found via the Smith Brothers website.

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