Department of Regional NSW
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Design Engineer

Design Engineer

  • 495575
  • Information and Communications Technology

Be part of a collaborative team that supports innovation and initiative in delivering quality project outcomes that positively impact the community

  • Ongoing (Permanent) Full-time role
  • All Regional NSW locations considered
  • Salary from $97,443 to $107,864 plus superannuation and leave loading
  • Whilst PWA works flexibly, staff are expected to live within a reasonable distance of the office and regularly attend in person, please see below link to all PWA Office locations in NSW


Who is the Department of Regional NSW? Why work for us?
Our Department is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role


About us

Public Works Advisory (PWA) is part of the Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW), and supports local and state government agencies to deliver critical infrastructure initiatives by providing expert advisory, planning, design, delivery and support services. There’s nothing abstract about what we do. Just look around. Our work is in the hospitals, dams, water treatment plants and high schools – the real foundations of prosperous communities. Every day we help shape the ambitious projects that bring progress to more people in NSW. From forging a more sustainable relationship with the land around us, to engineering the big ideas of the future. In every challenge we see the chance to build stronger and more connected communities. We do this by developing solutions that show creativity and grassroots ingenuity, providing impartial advice and support at all levels of government and the private sector, and partnering with experts to maximise the benefits of our knowledge and experience.

In PWA offices all over the state, you’ll find local expertise for local issues. We uncover the best talent, scrutinise cost and risk, and bridge the gap between private sector and government. By managing these nuances, projects we work on don’t just get done, they become benchmarks others aspire to.

PWA have offices across NSW including Bathurst, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Queanbeyan, Moruya, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Port Macquarie, Newcastle, Tamworth and Parramatta.


About the role

We are seeking a Design Engineer (with extensive experience in AutoCAD to join our Public Works Advisory (PWA) Digital Design Engineering team within the Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW).

The role provides technical expertise in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering design activities in AutoCAD, including water and wastewater related projects, pipelines, stormwater drainage design, water sensitive urban design, driveway/road design and input into engineering reports.

Key Accountabilities

  • Providing technical and strategic advice to clients, staff, consultants and management using modern engineering design packages such as Autodesk (AutoCAD, Civil3D, Revit), 12D, and other BIM related industry standard software.
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of innovative and leading-edge engineering and asset management outcomes, leveraging one’s established design technology, project management and change management experience.
  • Completing a range of civil, mechanical and electrical digital deliverables independently (e.g. including layouts, roads and drainage, earthworks, water retaining structures, buildings, etc.) to client requirements on time, cost and quality.
  • Working seamlessly with other engineering disciplines and project managers to obtain relevant information from clients and stakeholders and assess any constraints and design standards.
  • Utilising one’s strong written and verbal communication skills to contribute to the next evolution of a technologically progressive, creative and freethinking function.
  • Producing design products in accordance with Australian, PWA’s departmental CAD Manual and Council/ Agency standards and specifications and reviewing CAD/digital data deliverables prepared by other engineering disciplines to finalise prior to submission.

Key challenges

  • Working independently within a team environment and projects across numerous disciplines in NSW, whilst promoting and sustaining a client-centric culture with high-end outputs.
  • Delivering high-quality technical advice and innovative projects within the agreed time, budget and financial parameters and with consideration of emerging industry and technical trends and Governmental and regulatory requirements.
  • Creating and maintaining strong working relationships with clients and industry stakeholders in an environment of strong competition while managing current workloads.


For more information about the role, please click here to view the role description.


Learn more about our specialist expertise, supportive culture and remarkable staff via this short video – Click here to view


About you

To be successful in this role, you will have the following:

  • Accredited Engineering degree, Advanced Diploma of Engineering, or demonstrated skills and experience relevant to civil, mechanical, electrical and built infrastructure.
  • AutoCAD Certificate or equivalent extensive experience in detailed design drafting and modelling using Autodesk and Bentley software systems.
  • Experience with BIM and Collaboration Software, including Navisworks, InfraWorks, Revit, and ProjectWise.
  • Proven experience in independent detailed design and documentation in 3D of civil/structural, mechanical and electrical works, including pumping stations, treatment plants, layouts, pipes, roads and drainage, earthworks, and water retaining structures.
  • Knowledge of project/design management of all phases of design for complex multi-disciplinary water and other engineering projects.
  • A valid NSW Driver’s license and willingness to drive to remote locations which may include overnight stays.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to develop and foster client relationships.
  • Proficient in Project Management and able to deliver projects on time and within budget.
  • A valid NSW Driver’s license and willingness to drive to remote locations which may include overnight stays.


Applying for the role

Apply by submitting a current resume and brief cover letter that outlines your skills and AutoCAD design detailed experience relevant to the role requirements.

Applications must be lodged electronically via the Department’s recruitment system

If you have any questions about the role please contact Sam Thomas, Director Business Operations at 


Closing Date: Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 11.55pm


A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next 18 months.


All Department of Regional NSW employees are required: 

  • To be fully vaccinated of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine by 30 January 2022 and; or 
  • an approved medical contraindication. 

You will be required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status or apply for a medical exemption prior to securing a role. 

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