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Burns & McDonnell Senior Mechanical Engineer - Energy (Houston) in Houston, Texas


Burns & McDonnell's Houston office has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Mechanical Engineer. This position is responsible for the design and evaluation of mechanical systems associated with coal and natural gas-fired generation facilities as well as associated support facilities.

The candidate will be responsible for front-end planning/preliminary design/code analysis; final design including bidding document and specification preparation; construction administration including review of compliance submittals and resolution of construction issues; and interfacing with Burns & McDonnell project managers, equipment suppliers, clients, other engineering disciplines, detailers, and designers. This person will perform work that involves conventional engineering practices but may involve a variety of complex features.

Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered and that may involve the following detailed aspects of work assignments:

  • Develop cost opinions, work plans, and schedules, as well as conduct and coordinate work requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, adaptation and modification of standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria.

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

  • Regularly meets and corresponds with clients or outside personnel.

  • Lead mechanical design projects related to Coal fired generation facility and natural gas fired generation design.

  • Air Quality Control Systems and Effluent Limitation Guideline Management.

  • Equipment sizing and application.

  • Hydraulic calculations and associated pump selection, sizing, and application.

  • Pipe and valve selection and sizing.

  • Pipe material selection including fittings, gaskets, etc.

  • Pipe supports and pipe routing.

  • P&ID’s

  • Mechanical Equipment Condition Assessment and Lifecycle cost analysis.

  • Plumbing (sanitary & potable water)

  • Pumping/piping any fluid or gas, including blowers, steam & compressed air.

  • Tank/vessel selection and sizing.

  • Selection and location of instrumentation associated with pumps, vessels, and tanks.

  • Other duties as assigned.


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

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

  • The completion of a master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • 7 years related mechanical experience; EPC project experience preferred.

  • Professional Engineering (PE) license is preferred.

  • Candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to a broad area of assignments.

  • Experience in the use of Arrow, Fathom, SmartPlant P&ID a plus.

  • Candidate must be capable of devising new approaches to solve complex problems.


Job Mechanical Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Req ID: 230116 Job Hire Type Experienced