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Burns & McDonnell Staff Underground Engineer - Cables (Multiple Locations) in Kansas City, Missouri


Chart your own course and change the world — with the support of people whose interests are aligned with yours. At Burns & McDonnell, opportunity is waiting. We’re looking for people with big ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset. It’s those kinds of people who’ve helped us grow from a small consulting business back in 1898 to a global leader in engineering, construction, and consulting solutions. Today, we’re a thriving company with 10,000 professionals working in 50 offices worldwide and recognized as the global leader in Transmission & Distribution.

We’re growing our Underground design and construction business and have opportunities for experienced and motivated industry professionals to join us as we continue our journey to help make our clients successful. We have a specific opportunity for an experienced underground engineer to join our transmission and distribution team.

We are addressing projects across the country that range widely in complexity and voltage. We are supporting our clients as they take on new challenges to rebuild their electric grid to support the challenges of tomorrow. With Burns & McDonnell’s EPC team, we are able to provide solutions that overcome these challenges in an expedited fashion and provide opportunities for our team to experience the entire project lifecycle. With our clients’ needs in this area expanding rapidly we are looking for engineers to join our team and help drive the vision for tomorrow’s electric grid. We are Burns & McDonnell and we Create Amazing.

The Underground Civil Engineer will work on a variety of 2.4kV to 345kV underground utility transmission and distribution projects. The Underground Engineer will work with a project team to implement effective and creative solutions for the grid according to budget constraints, design factors and client needs. This position will require interface with utility clients and collaboration with multiple offices. Responsibilities may include but not limited to:

  • Work with design teams of 2 to 10 engineers and designers and work closely with construction, procurement and permitting teams to execute underground transmission and distribution construction projects.

  • Work closely with local and national leadership to develop new clients and continue building relationships with existing clients.

  • Support business development efforts with new clients across North America.

  • Support thought leadership including conference attendance, marketing, and other internal initiatives.

  • Prepare and develop distribution and transmission voltage construction packages for underground projects, including manhole and equipment installation, conduit and duct bank design, feeder replacement, cable replacement, and new feeder design.

  • Develop routing analysis for the design of low to high voltage distribution and transmission lines using CADD/GIS design and mapping software.

  • Determine construction feasibility through route studies, conflict analysis, and construction cost estimating.

  • Perform field inspections, measurements, or calculations for overhead and underground electric facilities on public and private utility systems.

  • Leverage commercially available simulation software and other tools to evaluate different scenarios and make informed recommendations to the client.

  • Produce reports and visualizations to communicate technical results and interpretation of trends; effectively communicate findings and recommendations to all areas of the business.

  • Work closely with the project team to ensure deliverables and services are being provided to client’s satisfaction.

  • Work closely with the project team to ensure that projects are following internal QA/QC guidelines.

  • Perform QA/QC reviews of studies, reports, and construction design packages.

  • Prepare calculations and assist with equipment specifications, such as cable pulling calculations, voltage drop, pole loading.

  • Prepare proposals, engineering/project cost estimates, and execution schedules.

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

  • Regularly meet and correspond with clients, subcontractors, or outside personnel.

  • Other duties as assigned.


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

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

  • Minimum 3 years of underground utility engineering/design experience. 5 years of experience preferred.

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

  • Professional Engineer (PE) a plus.

  • Strong knowledge of underground construction methods and/or electrical system equipment.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience conducting underground field inspections.

  • Understanding of power flow a plus.

  • Experience with various underground design tools, as well as CADD and GIS to aide in design.

  • Experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D a plus.

  • Familiarity with topographic mapping & surveying, and subsurface utility engineering/utility locating procedures and practices.

  • Knowledge regarding easements, right-of-way, and permitting.

  • Familiarity with NESC code for electrical design and construction guidelines a plus.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Capable of devising new, more efficient approaches to solving problems and processes.

  • Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to prioritize work.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 230679

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