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Burns & McDonnell HVDC Engineer - Converter Stations (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri


Our Burns & McDonnell San Diego office is looking for an HVDC Engineer to support in developing technical proposals, business development efforts, and for the development of commercial aspects of proposals including costing & scheduling. The HVDC engineer will provide technical support related to HVDC and FACTS systems as well as a broad range of project management and commissioning management support. Job duties may include:

  • Technical support related to HVDC & FACTS systems including but not limited to:

  • Feasibility studies

  • Technical specifications

  • Engineering oversight and management

  • Design review

  • HVDC & FACTS Control & protection design

  • PSCAD model development and studies

  • Dynamic performance studies

  • Factory inspections

  • Major equipment test witnessing

  • HVDC & FACTS control & protection system factory acceptance testing.

  • Integration of HVDC & FACTS devices within the interconnected ac grid

  • Operational readiness (operating procedures, training of operations personnel, etc)

  • Operations & Maintenance

  • Project management support activities including:

  • Schedule and cost monitoring

  • Stakeholder consultation

  • Interfacing with system operators

  • Contract compliance

  • Risk management

  • Commissioning Management support activities including:

  • Development of Project Commissioning Plan

  • Project Systematization for mechanical completions

  • Building and leading multidisciplinary teams

  • Integration and oversight of complex industrial plant processes using advanced automation systems

  • Commissioning sequence and schedule development

  • Sequence and coordinate multiple disciplines to align with project commissioning sequence

  • Management of Integrated Factory Acceptance Testing

  • Construction/commissioning integrated schedule development

  • Leading development of pre-commissioning, commissioning, startup programs

  • Interfacing with system operators

  • Integration and startup of brownfield projects with new facilities

  • Coordination with central control operators, inter-provincial operators, and international operating groups

  • Oversight of performance verification and trial operations to demonstrate contract compliance

  • Development and implementation of handover and warranty processes to support the owner

  • Operational Readiness planning and implementation for owner operation and maintenance

  • Support for the establishment of in-house HVDC & FACTS technical resources

  • Development/training of in-house personnel focusing on HVDC and FACTS systems

  • Mentoring of less experienced engineers

  • Application of PSCAD (model development and studies)

  • Responsible for compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All 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.

  • Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering a plus.

  • 7 years HVDC experience. 10 years or more experience preferred.

  • Professional Engineering License (PE) preferred.

  • Expert knowledge in standard engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Strong knowledge of electrical equipment design ANSI and IEEE Standards. Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite).

  • 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 Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 211013 Job Hire Type Experienced