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Burns & McDonnell Owner’s Engineer Manager – Transmission & Distribution (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


By aligning individual passions with opportunities, Burns & McDonnell provides unbridled professional growth for the best talent in the industry. Burns & McDonnell is seeking an Owner’s Engineer (OE) Manager in our Chicago office. The OE Manager will report directly to the Program Manager and will manage the day-to-day activities of various engineering teams on a large capital investment program across the country. Other key responsibilities will include:

  • Responsible for ​representing Owner on all engineering and technical matters pertinent to the scope of program.

  • Responsible for working with Owner stakeholders, design staff, and subject matter experts to develop full understanding of client design practices, standards, and specifications.

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

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

  • Manage workload of individual OE discipline leads which includes:

  • 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.

  • Preparation of scoping packages for all Transmission / Substation projects.

  • Collaborate with managers of functional areas within program team to ensure alignment on program direction and processes.

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


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

  • Minimum seven (7) years of substation, transmission line or network design experience. 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

  • 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 Project Management

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 223451