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


Burns & McDonnell is looking for a unique mechanical engineer that has a desire to apply their technical design experience, while actively engaging their entrepreneurial spirit. Whether you enjoy working with clients that are commercial, aviation, or federal, you will have the opportunity to use those technical and people skills that set you apart from your peers. You will be involved in a variety of unique design projects, with an emphasis at airports and Department of Energy laboratories. Be a part of an energy-filled workplace that pays for performance, where you can invest in a career that you can grow as a technical subject matter expert, or into project management or business development opportunities if desired.

The Senior Mechanical Engineer will work on project teams to create world-class designs for new projects and renovations on a variety of projects. The Senior Mechanical Engineer will work with the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting mechanical plans according to budget constraints, design factors or client needs.

Role includes:

  • Applies strong knowledge of commonly used mechanical engineering/design concepts, principles, practices, codes, and procedures within the mechanical engineering services industry.

  • Perform HVAC and plumbing design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion.

  • Design mechanical components for project needs and requirements that are set forth by the project manager.

  • Research and compile project-related data as required by the project manager.

  • Determine project scope, schedule, and budget.

  • Assist clients with planning facility improvements for mechanical, plumbing, and/or associated controls aspects of projects.

  • Compile information for client presentations and lead mechanical discussion during design Charrette and client review meetings.

  • Lead the mechanical project team to meet designated schedule and budget and provide quality deliverables including drawings, specifications, reports, and calculations.

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

  • Successfully communicate and correspond with internal design resources and external personnel and clients.

  • Compile information for client presentations, shop drawing review, and contract administration for the design of power, process, pipeline, industrial, airports, commercial, and governmental and military facilities.

  • May perform project or design management duties.

  • May perform field inspections.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or related degree from an ABET-accredited program.

  • Minimum 7 years related experience, preferably consulting. Completion of master's degree in related field may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • PE license in Mechanical Engineering

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong presentation skills.

  • Strong knowledge in standard engineering techniques and procedures.

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

  • Strong in standard engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Strong computer skills include Microsoft Office Suite, Bluebeam, AutoCAD, BIM (Revit), hydraulic analysis, and HVAC analysis programs.

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

  • This position will be performing 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.


Job Mechanical Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-IL-Downers Grove

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 225155 Job Hire Type Experienced