For a large international engineering company located in Brussels, we’re currently looking for an experienced Lay Out Engineer who will be responsable for the coordination and integration of technical solutions of existing nuclear power plants.

  • 12 months freelance project with the possibility for extension

Role description

The Layout Engineer can be involved in different engineering missions of the Plant Designs and Integration Group. General mission of N41D Layout Discipline is to achieve an optimum arrangement of a new nuclear facility taking constructability, economics, safety and operations into account:

• Optimum arrangement of the facility plot plan

• Optimum location of all equipment inside the facilities

• Optimum routing and arrangement of the different systems, structures and components inside the facilities: civil structures, piping, process, HVAC, mechanical equipment, electrical systems, I&C, etc.

• Appropriate provisions for integration of all installation and construction constraints as well as all operation, access, logistics, handling, testing and maintenance requirements e.g. stairways, ladders, platforms, passageways, lifts, hatches, unobstructed areas for access and clearance around equipment, etc.


Layout Engineer must “demonstrate technical ability along with a creative talent and common-sense approach to problem solving” for developing the layout of a facility. Layout Engineer typical activities include:

  • Collection of layout requirements (project requirements, customer requirements, site requirements, etc) and of relevant existing layout documentation
  • Collection of layout inputs from the different Disciplines involved in the project (Safety and Security, Radiation Protection, HSE, Fluid Systems, HVAC, Fire Protection, Mechanical equipment including handling systems, Electrical Systems, Instrumentation and Control Systems, Civil Works, etc.)
  • Review of layout inputs and design configurations issued by the different Disciplines and anticipation of layout problems and customer needs
  • Performance of site visits (walkdown) (when necessary)
  • Development of optimum layout solutions, drawing sketches of preliminary solutions on CAD software,
  • Coordination of the draftsmen for the issue and successive revisions of different design drawings (with 2D and 3D CAD softwares) and figures
  • Drafting general layout reports e.g. in order to present and justify the developed layout solutions. Presentation of layout solutions to customer
  • Coordination of layout aspects through participation and/or organization of multidisciplinary “layout” meetings, design reviews and more informal “face-to-face” meetings
  • Adequate introduction of hold points. Request for validation of layout solutions by all Disciplines prior to design reviews
  • Management of layout interfaces between the different Disciplines, and provision of appropriate support and timely deliverables to other disciplines

Essential skills

  • Engineer (eg mechanical/industrial) with a sharp interest in technical expertise
  • Several years of experience in Layout on large-size engineering projects. Layout experience in nuclear installations is a key asset
  • Experience with Autocad or Microstation; experience with other 3D and 2D lay-out
  • Strong interest in new digital tools and methods (BIM, laser scanner, point cloud, AR/VR)
  • Dynamic, pragmatic and rigorous and have a strong problem solving attitude
  • Outstanding judgment, organization and decision making skills
  • Team player, good listener, collaborative and communicator

Desired skills

CAD softwares is a plus (Revit, OpenPlant, AECOSIM, Recap, Navisworks, Solidworks, PDMS, Catia…)

Published by Thomas Thor

Thomas Thor Associates is a consulting and recruitment organisation providing services to the global nuclear sector. We represent nuclear industry experts and provide them to our clients for either freelance contract assignments or permanent staff positions.

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