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Burns & McDonnell Senior Electrical Engineer - Aviation & Federal (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


Wishing you could have an ownership stake in the company you are working for? Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is an award-winning engineering, architectural, construction environmental and consulting services firm. We are a 100% employee-owned, with regional and project offices nationwide. Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, constructs, and manages projects all over the world with one mission in mind -- to make our clients successful. We are proud to be honored locally, regionally, and nationally as a Best Place to Work.

You will lead electrical design teams to create world class designs for new projects, alterations, and renovations on a variety of projects. You will be involved in a variety of unique projects, from studies and master planning through final design and construction administration. Projects and clients will include airports, universities, federal (Department of Energy) and commercial facilities. The Senior Electrical Engineer will lead the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting electrical plans according to budget constraints, design factors and client needs.

  • Applies expert knowledge of commonly used electrical concepts, practices, codes, and procedures within the electrical engineering.

  • Applies knowledge and experience to complex projects, find non-standard design solutions.

  • Lead construction administration including coordination with field personnel to resolve design-related installation issues, calculations, field inspections and testing of electrical systems.

  • Prepare and present technical reports for clients and industry publications.

  • Participate in development of project schedule, scope, budget staffing planning and construction planning.

  • Build effective relationships with existing clients, customers and contractors and develop new business opportunities.

  • Lead the development of electrical engineering design budgets and qualification statements on proposal teams to achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Lead electrical design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion for project needs and requirements that are set forth by the project manager.

  • Mentor and guide less experienced electrical engineers.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • Responsible for effective communication with other engineering disciplines.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or related degree from an ABET-Accredited program.

  • 7 years electrical engineering experience.

  • Professional Engineering License (PE) strongly preferred.

  • Expert knowledge in standard engineering techniques and procedures. Strong knowledge of electrical equipment design ANSI and IEEE Standards. Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience with leading the discipline design for large projects and delegating work tasks to team members. Ability to lead execution of work and resolve issues in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills, ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment.

  • Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, organization, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to perform quality reviews for detailed engineering documents and specifications.

  • Ability to travel.

  • This position will perform federal-related project work for Burns & McDonnell's clients. A qualified applicant must have the ability to obtain and maintain unescorted access authorization to the clients' facilities.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 241416

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-VR #A&F