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Burns & McDonnell Staff Building Automation Engineer - Mission Critical (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell is a company comprised of more than 14,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants, and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. Burns & McDonnell’s Mission Critical team was ranked #2 by the ENR in 2023. We have exciting opportunities for those interested in growing their careers in one of the most fast-paced, innovative sectors of high-tech building design and construction. Project focus would be mission-critical data center projects. This opportunity hires directly into our Mission Critical team and into a multibillion-dollar industry that is growing exponentially. Data Centers are an aggressive market for Burns & McDonnell and are highlighted by several priority articles on our site. Mission Critical is an international practice for Burns & McDonnell involving exciting, collaborative work across many departments.

The Staff Building Automation Engineer will participate on both multi-disciplinary and controls-specific engineering teams to develop and review Building Automation Engineering design packages, perform calculations and develop engineering solutions in support of capital and retrofit projects in a variety of locations. Work duties can consist of any of the following depending on client, project, and consultant role:

  • Assists in development of design drawings and specifications for design of primarily HVAC control systems and EPMS, for both PLC-based systems and DDC-based systems (System is client-specific)

  • Coordinate with mechanical and electrical design teams to develop Sequences of Operations and Point Lists for HVAC control and electrical monitoring of equipment and systems

  • Create engineering drawings for control panel and field wiring designs including installation details, bill of material, and P&IDs

  • Manage quality reviews of project submittals.

  • Evaluate technical bids and managing vendor and subconsultant contracts

  • Review and approving of vendor and subconsultant drawings, including Sequences of Operation, Points Lists, Engineering Drawings, Bill of Materials, Graphics, and Test Scripts

  • Participate in Software Bench Tests, Software Factory Acceptance Tests, and Equipment Factory Witness Tests

  • Provide technical assistance during commissioning at project site.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Facilitate multi-consultant and Owner meetings for design changes and implementation

  • Lead production of engineering drawings using Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD Electrical, or ePlan

  • Supports RFI responses and associated work plans

  • Ensures adherence to client and industry standards and applies client or industry standards, guidelines, specifications, practices and procedures in preparing designs.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s in Engineering from an ABET accredited program

  • Master of Science degree in above Engineering programs or related may be substituted for 1 year experience.

  • PE license preferred in Mechanical or Instrumentation & Controls

  • Minimum 2 years of either Building Automation System (BAS) or mechanical HVAC engineering experience

  • Ability to interface, mentor and collaborate effectively with your team members

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team

  • Strong organization, delegation, presentation and communication (both written and verbal) skills

  • Proficient with business and engineering applications.

  • Proficent in Microsoft Office

  • Working knowledge of Autodesk Revit and drawing production from Revit is preferred


Job Instrumentation & Controls Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 235524

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-EH #GFS