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Burns & McDonnell Senior Packaging Engineer - Consumer Products (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


The Senior Packaging Engineer will lead packaging design on project teams to create world class designs for new projects, alterations and redevelopments on a variety of projects including process, industrial, and manufacturing facilities. The Senior Packaging Engineer will lead the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting plans according to budget constraints, design factors or client needs. This role requires expert knowledge in types of packaging, packaging equipment, vendor selection & coordination, and capital projects development.

  • Lead packaging equipment design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion. Markets include Food & Beverage, Consumer Products, and Pharmaceutical. Processes include packaging of both liquid and dry materials.

  • Leads packaging equipment design for project phase specific deliverables which Includes but is not limited to: Design Basis, Reports, Heat and Mass Balances (HMBs), Block Flow Diagrams (BFDs), Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), Equipment List, Line List, Instrument List, Tie-point List, Demolition Drawings, General Arrangements, and Piping Design.

  • Prepare packaging equipment specifications and data sheets, Request for Qualifications (RFQ's), technical bid summaries, and purchase recommendations.

  • Review vendor drawings; data interface with suppliers, clients, other engineering disciplines, detailers, and designers.

  • Coordinate and support Construction Management in the development of subcontractor packages (ie. millwrights/equipment setters, piping, insulation, field fabricated equipment, etc).

  • Provides field support, including inspection, supervision of installation, commissioning support, and startup assistance on critical equipment.

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

  • Conducts studies & evaluations for projects in early development.

  • Build effective relationships with existing clients, customers and contractors and develop new business opportunities. Responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction goals and expectations are met.

  • Participate in sales and marketing efforts and identify key pursuits.

  • Support the development of project schedule, scope, budget, staff, and construction planning.

  • Prepare and present project budgets and cost estimates. Reports project performance and is responsible for the discipline's effective management of change orders.

  • Provide leadership, guidance and instruction to the mechanical engineering practice. Mentor and guide junior engineers.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • Responsible for effective communication with other engineering disciplines. (Process, Mechanical, Civil, Structural, Architecture, Electrical, Controls, Designers, and etc.)

  • Responsible for compliance with company and site safety policies.


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Packaging Science, or Engineering related degree from an ABET accredited program.

  • 7 years engineering experience. EPC project delivery experience preferred.

  • Professional Engineering License (PE) preferred.

  • Expert knowledge in standard engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Expert knowledge in packaging equipment:

  • Product Handling Systems - belts, bucket, vibratory, pneumatic conveyors and pumps & piping.

  • Primary Packaging Equipment - Unscramblers, Fillers, Placers, Cappers, Scales, Labelers, Sleevers, Checkweighers, Coders, Metal Detectors, Accumulators

  • Secondary Packaging Equipment - Cartoners, Bundlers, Case Packers, Case Erectors, Case Loaders, Case Sealers, Case Coders, Case Labelers, Accumulators)

  • Tertiary Packaging Equipment - Palletizers, Stretch Wrappers, Labelers

  • Conveying Equipment - Table Top, Belt, Roller, CDLR, Chain

  • Strong knowledge of packaging line controls and automation

  • Some familiarity with Sanitary Design including 3A standards, ASME BPE, USDA, Aseptic Packaging, and cGMP.

  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite). Familiarity with Navisworks, AutoCAD, & PDF Markup Tool.

  • Some knowledge of packaging system modeling and simulation.

  • 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.


Job Mechanical Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 231205 Job Hire Type Experienced