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Burns & McDonnell Program Lead Engineer - Substation (Atlanta) in Atlanta, Georgia


By aligning individual passions with opportunities, Burns & McDonnell provides unbridled professional growth for the best talent in the industry. Burns & McDonnell is seeking a Substation lead engineer in our Atlanta office. The substation lead engineer will report directly to the Program Owner’s Engineer (OE) manager and will oversee the design activities of the various design builders on a large capital investment program with a major Southeast utility. Other key responsibilities will include:

  • Responsible representing Owner on all Substation physical and P&C (protection & controls) engineering and technical matters pertinent to the scope of program. This will include:

  • Issuing technical guidance to design builders on behalf of Owner.

  • Responding to requests for information from design builders on behalf of Owner.

  • Monitoring design builders’ adherence to Owner/Program standards, specifications, and best practices via QA reviews.

  • Develop program specific standards, specifications, and design criteria documents for use by design-builders as it relates to design.

  • Develop new or revise existing engineering process flows and for design-build contractors to follow to effectively execute goals of program.

  • Responsible for scoping out the Substation Physical / P&C portion of all Substation projects.

  • Responsible for working with Owner stakeholders, design staff, and subject matter experts to develop full understanding of client design practices, standards, and specifications as it relates to Substation Physical / P&C.

  • ​​​​​​​Interface and work with client’s project management leadership team to provide regular, timely updates.

  • Collaborate with project team to successfully mitigate issues and achieve seamless execution.


  • Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited program

  • Minimum three (3) years of substation physical and P&C engineering experience, five (5) years of experience strongly preferred. Master of Science degree in electrical engineering may be substituted for one (1) year experience.

  • Ability to work methodically and analytically in a dynamic, quantitative problem-solving environment and demonstrated critical thinking skills.

  • Professional Engineering License required (Georgia PE license a plus).

  • Ability to communicate issues and identify solutions.

  • Engage in professional interactions with clients or outside personnel and develop relationships with key individuals.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-GA-Atlanta

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 211074