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Burns & McDonnell Principal Mechanical 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 Principal Mechanical 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. The key tasks and responsibilities are as follows:

Technical responsibilities

  • Advise clients regarding mechanical systems/requirements available to meet their needs and comply with safety codes.

  • Designing mechanical systems/equipment to meet client requirements.

  • Participate in developing the design criteria for air and water side of building mechanical systems.

  • Peer review mechanical designs and specifications of equipment or systems.

  • Developing concept studies and designs.

  • Provide written reports of system options.

  • Write specifications for Mechanical systems.

  • Co-ordinate with other disciplines including Architect and Structures.

  • Enforce standards and practices.

  • Prepare calculations and technical/equipment specification documentation.

  • Monitor installation of designed equipment/systems to ensure compliance with design specifications and safety codes.

  • Health & Safety compliance and preparation of associated safety documentation, e.g. pre-construction information documents

Functional responsibilities

  • Lead a team of Senior Mechanical, Electrical and PH Engineers

  • Client facing with the ability to discuss and agree Client requirements

  • Attend meetings and be able to lead presentations

  • Manage project costs within fee budgets

  • Manage multiple projects and deadlines.

  • Participate in Work Winning activities including assist with the development of bid stage technical solutions.

  • Interact in a professional manner with clients and colleagues to achieve project objectives.

  • Work independently and as part of a global project team.

  • Supporting future business opportunities through client engagement and elevation of the Burns & McDonnell brand.

  • Personal professional development and partaking in professional bodies and industry groups


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Building Services engineering, from accredited program (equivalent qualifications in a similar field may also be considered).

  • Minimum of 13 years of related mechanical design experience

  • Knowledge of mechanical design principles, standards, and codes

  • Have working knowledge of AutoCad and Revit.

  • Data center or telecommunication facility experience and knowledge of critical facility Mechanical design.

  • Experience at concept design level to assist with the development of data centre masterplans

  • Ability to write specifications for Mechanical equipment, devices, and materials.

  • Familiarity with other building systems and coordination with those systems and components

  • IT literate, with good knowledge of using Microsoft Office applications.

  • Membership of relevant industry body, e.g. CIBSE, IMechE


Job Engineering

Primary Location GB-London, UK-London

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 201491