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Burns & McDonnell Staff Electrical Engineer - Energy in Austin, Texas


Burns & McDonnell has an exciting opportunity in our Energy Global Practice for an electrical engineer that focuses on power generating facilities! Designs include the electrical interconnection to the bulk power grid and all associated power generating facility auxiliary power equipment and systems. Equipment includes 3-phase rotating machines, such as generators and motors, large power transformers, generator circuit breakers, isolated phase bus duct, non-segregated phase bus duct, switchgear, motor control centers, small power transformers, and variable frequency drives.

This engineer will execute complex assignments requiring the application of advanced techniques, resulting in the development of new or improved processes, equipment and/or technological methods. Some specific duties & responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating project design assignments and design teams.

  • Electrical system modeling including grounding, load flow, short-circuit, and arc-flash analysis.

  • Preparing/creating construction documents for the installation of new or modifications of existing power generating facility electrical systems including one-line, three-line, wiring, and schematic diagrams.

  • Protective relay setting development, calculation, and coordination studies.

  • Developing equipment specifications, procuring, and factory acceptance testing electrical equipment.

  • Developing scope of work, conceptual design, and execution plans.

  • Preparing engineering cost and man-hour estimates and schedules.

  • Performing Project Management duties on electrical discipline projects.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, instruction, and mentorship to less experienced staff members.

  • Regularly meeting and corresponding with clients or outside personnel.

  • May coordinate departmental and divisional project studies and reports.

  • Some marketing responsibilities.

  • Other duties will be assigned as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an accredited program

  • Minimum 3 years of related experience.

  • Work experience in 3-phase electrical power, medium voltage, low voltage, lighting, grounding, electrical equipment control, protective relaying and associated systems design and construction administration.

  • Work experience which demonstrates progressive design and task management responsibilities.

  • Has experience with design scope development, budget preparation and project execution meeting schedule requirements and maintaining established budgets.

  • This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

  • Must be capable of interpreting and developing solutions to complex problems.

  • Facility type designs may include power generating facilities, process facilities, and large industrial facilities.

  • System modeling using SKM Power Tools, ETAP, or similar modeling software is preferred. SmartPlant / SmartPlant Electrical experienced preferred.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication, as well as strong analytical & problem-solving skills, are required.

  • Previous consulting engineering experience preferred. Completion of FE exam is strongly preferred.


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Other Locations US-MO-Saint Louis, US-AZ-Phoenix, US-TX-Houston, US-TX-Austin, US-NC-Charlotte, US-IL-Chicago, US-OH-Columbus

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 223067