NOVA Structures

A privately funded manufacturer of volumetric modular accommodation for the UK’s Construction industry

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Modular Design Technician

Modular Design Technician

Nova Structures Ltd is a Hampshire based, privately owned manufacturer of factory built modular houses and has been heavily engaged in research & development for the past seven years, prior to our plan to move into full-scale production in Q2 2023. We are a small, dedicated team made up of Design engineers, Production and HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environmental & Quality) professionals and are seeking to add another member to our growing team. This is a permanent role and an opportunity to join a very innovative company in growth mode.

Job title: Modular Design Technician

Reports to: Head of Design

Contract: Permanent

Annual salary: £30,000-£40,000 (based on experience)

Objectives of the role:

  • Working in the Design team producing Revit models, for the design, manufacture, and construction of Modular Volumetric Housing System.
  • Our design covers all the Building Disciplines; Architecture, Structural Engineering, MEP and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA).
  • Working in a multi skilled environment, design, and coordination with all business functions, producing Regulatory compliant and economic designs in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Maintaining and creating appropriate Revit families in accordance with Nova company standards.
  • Supporting the sales functions by performing viability assessments of potential projects and to demonstrate the potential uses of our products. Producing renderings of potential layouts and finishes to clients’ specifications and requirements.
  • To work within the various specialisms that make up the Design Team, including in-house and outsourced specialists. Ensuring compliance to standards such as BOPAS (Build Offsite and Property Assurance Scheme) and Building Regulations is central to this objective.
  • To work with the Operations Team to innovate, improve and value engineer Nova products.
  • To identify and record the costs of the design and to reduce them where possible, without compromising the objectives of the design brief.
  • To ensure that all the above activities are conducted in compliance with the company’s ERP and IMS systems and other systems and standards, including ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and ISO 45001, BIM Level 2, and the requirements of the sales processes.


Specific tasks:

  • Using Revit and other associated software to create and edit the detailed drawings required for the Sales Team, the Production Engineering and Manufacturing Team and outsourced specialists.
  • To ensure that all drawings and supporting processes are BIM Level 2 compliant.
  • To ensure that accurate Fabrication, Production and Assembly drawings are produced to Geometrical Dimensioning and Tolerances (GDMT) for design and manufacturing.
  • Ensure all drawings are approved through the designated change control process before being issued.
  • Maintain the material and component specifications database on the Nova server for each product. Ensure all materials are fit for purpose and meet the required performance specifications in the overall design.
  • Prepare standard details for Client Information Packs.
  • Work with the production team to design for ease of manufacture and assembly (DfMA).
  • Work with the manufacturing and procurement team to assist in value engineering the products. This will include creating Bills of Materials for each design and monitoring raw material and other relevant input costs, to ensure that the product cost models used by the company are always up to date.
  • Work with colleagues to successfully project manage the design programme by planning, monitoring, and reporting on progress to the respective Line Manager and/or Director.
  • Carry out all work in accordance with the Nova Integrated Management System (IMS) covering Quality, Health & Safety, Environmental, Information Security, BOPAS and other standards that may be relevant to the company’s success.

Skills required:

  • Previous working experience in a working in a multi-discipline environment desirable.
  • Minimum level of qualification – HNC in an Engineering related discipline.
  • A Minimum of 3 years working within the Housing and Engineering industry, whether that be with a Consultancy, House Builder or Engineering Practice.
  • 3 years working with Revit on live projects.
  • A working knowledge of the Building Regulations, Regulatory Approval, and planning process.
  • Experience in producing detailed technical drawings for residential projects.
  • Ability to structure and produce assembly drawings for manufacture.
  • Experience in modular building an advantage but not essential.


General Responsibilities:

  • Nova has defined standards of performance to meet external and internal customer requirements. All staff are expected as part of their day-to-day job role to meet and where possible exceed customer expectations of service and seek value for money in all aspects of their work.
  • Diversity, Respect and Equal Opportunities are key aspects of our Values. The company expects employees to work within the Company’s Equality & Diversity and People Management Policies and to ensure that these are complied with throughout all activities within the scope of this role to ensure the highest standards of customer care. All job holders need to work in a way that reflects the company’s Values.
  • Duties may involve having access to information of a confidential nature that may be covered by the Data Protection Act, be commercially sensitive or relate to client information. In such circumstances confidentiality must be maintained at all times in accordance with the company’s policies. If you are unclear at any time, refer the matter to the Managing Director.
  • The Health, safety, and welfare of anyone working with Nova and those we work with are of vital importance to the company. Our Board approved a Health and Safety Policy and Statement, and the structure of regular meetings will ensure the right resources and training are provided, that people understand their responsibilities for services and each other, and that high standards of health and safety are delivered, monitored, and regularly reviewed.
  • Undertake all reasonable personal development activity designed to support you in your role.

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