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Burns & McDonnell Project Manager - Networks, Integration, and Automation (Detroit) in Detroit, Michigan


Our Transmission & Distribution global practice is looking for a Project Manager to join our growing Networks, Integration and Automation (NIA) business in Detroit, MI. The Project Manager will manage, direct, and coordinate all aspects of work related to private communication networks for utilities, Smart Grid automation systems and the integration of intelligent devices. An entrepreneurial spirit and strong leadership abilities are a must.

The Project Manager will report directly to the NIA Business Line Manager and is responsible for the profit and loss of individual projects, the successful completion of projects within specified dates, and establishing and maintaining a professional and satisfactory relationship with the Owner, subcontractors, regulatory agencies and other project stakeholders.

The ideal candidate should have a working knowledge with some or all of the following technical facets: SCADA and HMI (Human Machine Interface) software, design of communication networks, automation systems, power management systems, RTU configuration and control systems.

Major responsibilities for the Project Manager will include:

  • Prepare proposals, assist in presentations, and participate in contract negotiations.

  • Provide overall management of projects from concept to completion including siting, environmental, permitting, planning, estimating, engineering, right-of-way acquisition, project controls, bid phase services, procurement, constructability reviews, material management, construction management, and closeout.

  • Develop and monitor project schedules, manage scope, and control project costs.

  • Assist with internal project financials, staffing, legal coordination, risk management, change management, and human resource issues.

  • Serve as primary point of contact with the client regarding efforts such as client coordination, strategic planning, master scope management, budget finances, subcontracting, project staffing, environmental compliance, facility support and schedule attainment.

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

  • Manage all aspects of project communication.

  • Develop and implement project policies and procedures, establish project controls systems, and implement the project execution plan.

  • Work closely with the Project Team to ensure deliverables and services are being provided to client’s satisfaction and that projects are following internal QA/QC guidelines.

  • Report regularly on progress, cost and schedule metrics, procurement issues, safety or environmental concerns, design questions, potential impacts, and any issues requiring office support.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited curriculum.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience, with 3 years related project management experience.

  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of industry, government, and public contracts on project-related matters.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to travel.


  • 5 years of relevant network, communications, or SCADA experience.

  • Professional Engineering (PE) registration preferred.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.

  • Previous consulting experience.

  • Previous utility company experience.


Job Field Construction Management

Primary Location US-MI-Detroit

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 210566