3D Substation Design Drafter in Valley, NE at Valmont Careers

Date Posted: 10/4/2018

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Job Description

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

The Substation Designer works as a member of the CEC “Controlled Environment Construction” design team and regularly interfaces with the Company’s structural engineers and project managers and administrators. This Individual Contributor role is responsible for creating substation field construction and manufacturing shop drawings from 3D models utilizing Autodesk Inventor with the SDS add-in and AutoCAD.

This position requires leadership abilities with people in all departments in order to maintain amiable and profitable relationships in inter-departmental communication.  He/she provides feedback to applicable departments on customer requirements, manufacturing or fabrication changes and drafting procedure changes.

The incumbent will read and interpret customer specifications, plans and other order information required to complete customer orders.  He/she will be responsible for identifying any inconsistent, conflicting or missing customer information and determining the correct course of action to resolve the issues in conjunction with the Project Manager. The Design Drafter is also responsible for reviewing all internal documentations for compliance to customer specifications, and current manufacturing capabilities.  Any identified discrepancies shall be brought to the attention of the responsible department for resolution.

This energetic, self-motivated professional must demonstrate the ability to read and understand Substation layout and detail drawings and technical documents.  The Substation Designer must have the ability to complete a high volume of work with minimal supervision.

Essential Functions:

  •   This position reports to the Business Line Manager
  •    No direct management of personnel required by this position
  •    Must be able to work accurately with large volumes of figures, and to evaluate specifications and read blueprints to ensure that the overall project is accurate and complete
  •    Collect technical information in a manner which provides quick understandable knowledge of customers
  •     Must have the ability to create or check the following items:
  •     General arrangement drawings
  •     Anchor bolt plans
  •     Foundation plans and details
  •     Grounding plans and details
  •     Static protection plans
  •     Lighting plans
  •     Sag and tension charts/drawings
  •     Material lists
  •     Catalog cuts of equipment and/or material for construction reference manuals
  •     Tube cutting schedules
  •     Bolt counts
  •     Structural shop and erection drawings for steel structures and modular bus assemblies
  •     Must work with the Sales and Design Engineers, Detailing, and Manufacturing to collect all information, and maintain good relationships.
  •      Analyze all information necessary to process an individual order accurately and efficiently
  •       Maintain an awareness of current Drafting policies and procedures
  •       Maintain an awareness of current manufacturing capabilities and limitations
  •       Identify, recommend and help implement changes to standard designs to improve customer acceptance or reduce product cost
  •       Maintain appropriate professional competencies, certifications, licenses, etc., necessary to perform job duties

Important Details about the Role:

•         Demonstrates full knowledge of Company’s Inventor and AutoCAD software systems including all in-house developed software programs and systems. Applicant shall ensure that all work is completed in strict accordance with established procedures

•         Applies Company’s design and drafting standards, applicable industry and/or local jurisdictional code requirements, and specific customer requirements

•         Uses Company’s engineering calculations for the design details for electrical conductors and equipment support structures

•         Performs non-modeling/drafting tasks as assigned by the Business Line Manager including but not limited to: preparing transmittal letters, completing O&M and construction manuals, file management, and process improvement projects

•         Works overtime as needed to complete project tasks on schedule as requested by the Substation Business Line Manager

•         Demonstrates a sensitivity and/or awareness to material pricing in specifying products on the material list when design freedom is allowed by customer

•         Works efficiently and must be task focused at all times realizing that early completion of any task is important to the success of the project as a whole and to a greater extent the success of the Company

•         Assists in the development of new productivity tools to be used within the existing Inventor and AutoCAD software systems. Notifies the Substation Business Line Manager of any procedures that might be enhanced to improve productivity.

•         Provides periodic schedule updates to the Substation Business Line Manager and Project Manager for tasks that are in process

•         Properly saves all in-progress and completed work in strict accordance with established Company procedures

•         Applies industry recognized standards such as AISC, NESC and IEEE codes and guidelines

•         Must have the ability to acquire an increasing knowledge of substation design and construction

•         Works with project management, to resolve or remove any impediments to the successful completion of the project

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

•         Preferred Bachelor’s in a Technical / Applied Science field such as Engineering, Engineering Technology or a relevant field from an accredited College or University.  Bachelor’s Degree with 5+ years of relevant experience.

•         A suitable combination of education, training, and/or experience in 3D modeling and/or Auto Cad software will be considered in lieu of a degree

•         Experience using Autodesk Inventor preferred but will consider other 3D prototyping platforms

•         Demonstrated ability to work independently with little or no supervision

•         The ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment

•         Demonstrated strong professional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

•         Demonstrated ability to keep a positive, professional attitude in a fast-paced environment subject to specific deadlines which must be met

•         Must possess strong problem solving skills, with attention to detail and a number/math orientation

•         Ability to work in, and be an integral part of a team environment

•         Ability to identify, communicate and participate in process improvement opportunities aimed at reducing cost, improving efficiencies and increasing customer satisfaction

•         Excellent customer focus, including positive customer feedback

•         Decisive problem-solving ability and capability to assess people and situations with accuracy

•         Confident self-starter with integrity and accountability

•         Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

•         High voltage CAD drafting and/or steel detailing experience

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is typically performed in an office setting; however, incumbent may be required to go into the production, shipping/receiving areas or infrequently into the field environment where product is being installed.  The incumbent is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings.   Environment is fast paced and demanding most of the time. Overtime will be required as needed. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk when moving about the office, production or field environments.  Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrists rests. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds in working with office materials and computer equipment.  Specific vision abilities required in this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

If you have a disability and require any assistance in filling out the application for employment, call (402) 963-1115 or email EEOCompliance@Valmont.com.