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Burns & McDonnell Staff Mechanical Engineer - Energy Storage in Kansas City, Missouri


We are seeking to hire a Staff Mechanical Engineering in our Kansas City, MO office to join our Energy Global Practice!

We are Burns & McDonnell’s Energy Storage team offers storage solutions that take clients from project conception, siting and permitting to turnkey design, construction, and startup. As one of the only firms in the United States to offer a fully integrated turnkey solution in the energy storage industry, Burns & McDonnell has the market expertise to manage a wide variety of storage technologies including lithium-ion, flow, and mechanical storage systems. The company provides every essential service in the energy storage market and is a key player in the country’s transition to renewables.

The Energy Storage team focuses on renewable power generation and storage in both the utility-scale market and the commercial/industrial market and offers a wide range of design and project execution experiences. Designs include initial battery sizing, use case evaluation, and technology selection to full detailed design. Current projects range in size from 1MW to 400MW with interconnection voltages from 480V to 500kV and include both standalone storage and storage plus other renewables such as wind and solar.

Burns & McDonnell is searching for engineers with a passion for renewable energy who can assist with the design and execution of complex energy storage projects. Some specific duties & responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating energy storage technology and providing guidance for clients on the best technology for the application.

  • Battery sizing including overbuild and augmentation strategies.

  • Coordinating project design assignments and design teams.

  • Understanding fire protection system design and national/state/local fire codes and standards.

  • HVAC calculations, design, and equipment selection.

  • Developing scope of work, conceptual design, and execution plans.

  • Developing equipment specifications, procuring, and factory acceptance testing of mechanical equipment.

  • Preparing engineering cost and man-hour estimates and schedules.

  • Preparing/creating construction documents for the installation of new energy storage equipment.

  • Performing Project Management duties on owner’s engineering projects.

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

  • Regularly meeting and corresponding with clients or vendors.

  • Some marketing responsibilities.

  • Work experience which demonstrates progressive design and project management capabilities.

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

  • Must be capable of interpreting and developing solutions to complex problems.

  • Other duties will be assigned as required.


  • 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.

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

  • 3 years of mechanical engineering experience, consulting preferred.

  • Minimum 3 years of related experience. Experience in lithium-ion battery technology, HVAC, fire protection, and associated systems design and construction administration is strongly preferred.

  • Facility type designs for both utility-scale storage and commercial/industrial behind the meter storage.

  • Excellent written & verbal communications, as well as strong analytical & problem-solving skills, are required.

  • Previous consulting engineering experience preferred.


Job Mechanical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Other Locations US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Req ID: 213539