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Burns & McDonnell Senior Electrical Engineer - Substation (Conshohocken) in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania


Responsible for substation engineering and consulting services for clients across the US and internationally. Main responsibilities include creating electrical protection & control and/or physical layout design deliverables. Projects range in size, complexity, and voltage class from small distribution facility upgrades to large transmission projects. This position can influence the future of the resiliency, reliability, and economic operation of the electric grid. Opportunities to advance into project execution, project management, and organizational leadership roles are available.

Principal responsibilities include the design of high voltage (13kV-500kV) electrical substations. Additionally, responsibilities for the Senior Engineer include coordinating and leading the activities of others, both individually and on teams.

Areas of design and responsibilities include leading and executing the following:

  • Preparation of proposals and scope development, including conceptual designs and execution plans.

  • Prepare engineering cost and labor estimates and schedules.

  • Physical substation design including yard layouts, plans, sections and details, grounding, lightning protection, control building arrangements, interior and exterior raceways, auxiliary AC/DC power systems, and associated bills of material.

  • Protection and control design including panel arrangements, one lines/single lines, three lines, AC schematics, DC elementaries, equipment wiring and relay panel wiring.

  • Preparing calculations and reports for engineering studies (grounding, lightning protection, AC/DC load studies, etc.)

  • Preparing equipment specifications for procurement and/or factory acceptance testing

  • Coordinating design activities with other departments (Civil/Structural, Networks, Transmission Line, others.)

  • Providing guidance and mentoring to less experienced team members.

  • Regularly meeting with and corresponding with clients or outside personnel.

  • Performing quality reviews for other engineers and designers.

  • Providing short term field support during construction.

  • Supporting business development and marketing initiatives.

  • Other areas of involvement may include: relay settings, 3D/intelligent design, or industry/professional technical committee involvement.

  • Performing other duties as assigned.


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

  • Or Bachelor of Science in Electrical or related Engineering Technology from an ABET accredited program and successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

Protection & Control:

  • Strong knowledge of AC/DC fundamentals, including understanding of three-phase power systems.

  • Knowledge of basic protection principles and practices for transmission lines, distribution feeders, and major substation equipment.

  • Familiarity with microprocessor based protection and control systems with the ability to understand one-lines and control schematics.


  • Substation physical layout, electrical clearances, rigid and strain bus design, ground grid design, surge and direct stroke protection, and raceway design.


  • Familiarity with relevant codes and standards such as NEC, NESC, IEEE, NEMA, and ANSI.

  • Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering may be substituted for 1 year experience.

  • 7 years of electrical engineering experience, consulting preferred.

  • Successful completion (i.e.passing) FE or EIT preferred.

  • Strong knowledge in standard engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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

  • Proficient in standard engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite)

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


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-PA-Conshohocken

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 234718

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-EH #T&D