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Burns & McDonnell Principal Building Automation Engineer - Mission Critical (London, UK) in London, United Kingdom


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, architecture and construction solutions. Today, we’re a thriving company with 8,000 professionals working in 50 offices worldwide and recognised as a leader in mission critical services.

We’re growing our UK business and have exciting opportunities for experienced and motivated engineers to join us in our London office as we continue our journey to help make our clients successful. We have an opportunity for a Building Automation Engineer to join our team, working on a variety of high-tech building design and construction projects. Project focus would initially be data centres and telecommunications facilities and would grow to include a variety of other facilities including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare, manufacturing, airports, or institutional.

If you are excited about working with one of the leading engineering companies in the world, helping to make our clients successful, then we want to hear from you. We are Burns & McDonnell and we Create Amazing.

This role sits within our global facilities services Mission Critical team, providing an opportunity to build your career and your team to serve this expanding sector.

Job Responsibilities

The Principal Building Automation Engineer will lead either multi-disciplinary or controls-specific engineering teams to develop and review Instrument & Controls Engineering design packages, perform calculations and develop engineering solutions in support of capital and retrofit projects in a variety of locations. Work duties can consist of any of the following depending on client, project, and consultant role:

  • Lead development of design drawings and specifications for design of primarily HVAC control systems and EPMS, for both PLC-based systems and DDC-based systems (System is client-specific)

  • Coordinate with mechanical and electrical design teams to develop Sequences of Operations and Point Lists for HVAC control and electrical monitoring of equipment and systems

  • Client facing, skilled at communicating in meetings and presentations.

  • Create engineering drawings for control panel and field wiring designs including installation details, bill of material, and P&IDs

  • Manage quality reviews of project submittals.

  • Evaluate technical bids and managing vendor and subconsultant contracts

  • Review and approving of vendor and subconsultant drawings, including Sequences of Operation, Points Lists, Engineering Drawings, Bill of Materials, Graphics, and Test Scripts

  • Participate in Software Bench Tests, Software Factory Acceptance Tests, and Equipment Factory Witness Tests

  • Provide technical assistance during commissioning at project site.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Facilitate multi-consultant and Owner meetings for design changes and implementation

  • Produce diagrams, assist production of engineering drawings using Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD Electrical, or ePlan

  • Manages small projects.

  • Responsible for quality assurance, review and improvements and the coordination of tasks and personnel.

  • Resolves RFIs and develop work plans.

  • Ensures adherence to client and industry standards and applies client or industry standards, guidelines, specifications, practices and procedures in preparing designs.

  • Builds relationships at all levels and mentor staff.


  • Bachelor’s in engineering; C Eng or I Eng preferred in Mechanical or I&C

  • Minimum of 13 years of either I&C or mechanical HVAC engineering experience

  • Experience designing BAS systems for large and complex projects

  • Field experience in installation, commissioning, and/or troubleshooting of BAS systems in buildings

  • Ability to interface, mentor and collaborate effectively with your team members

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team

  • Strong organization, delegation, presentation and communication (both written and verbal) skills

  • Proficient with business and engineering applications.

  • Microsoft Office proficiency are a must

  • Working knowledge of Autodesk Revit and drawing production from Revit

At Burns & McDonnell qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, disability or protected veteran status. We believe an inclusive culture is necessary to grow a successful and strong organization.

Job Instrumentation & Controls Engineering

Primary Location GB-London, UK-London

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 211568