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Burns & McDonnell Staff Electrical Engineer - Networks, Integration, Automation (Vancouver) in Vancouver, Washington


Burns & McDonnell is an award-winning engineering, architectural, construction, environmental, and consulting services firm made up of more than 7,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be on Fortune’s 2020 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Our Transmission & Distribution global practice is looking for an Electrical Engineer in our Vancouver, WA office to serve as a staff engineer on telecommunications projects. The Electrical Engineer will be responsible for the design and coordination of all aspects of work related to private communication networks for utilities, including wired (TDM and MPLS), wireless (microwave and LTE), SCADA and Smart Grid Automation, and telecommunications infrastructure (power systems and fiber optics). The ideal candidate will be excellent in project execution and looking to grow their role and capabilities to include client service and coordination, project management, marketing, proposal writing, industry thought leadership, and internal leadership.

Major responsibilities for the Staff Electrical Engineer will include:

  • Designing of communication systems for electric utilities utilizing client standards and/or developing new standards. Project deliverables may include:

  • Network architecture diagrams

  • Device configuration files

  • Bill of materials

  • Specifications

  • Equipment plans, sections and details

  • Wiring diagrams

  • Cable lists

  • Channel plans

  • RF path studies

  • Scope of work documents

  • Provide support to customers in field of expertise

  • Work with the project manager to establish project schedule, track budget and lead the engineering team to meet deadlines

  • Identify, communicate, and resolve issues on projects as needed

  • Execute complex assignments requiring the use of advanced tools and techniques, resulting in the development of new or improved processes, equipment and/or technological methods

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

  • Work closely with the project team to ensure deliverables and services are being provided to client’s satisfaction and that projects are following internal QA/QC guidelines

  • Perform design quality reviews

  • Regularly meet and correspond with clients or outside personnel to develop relationships with key client points of contact

  • Prepare proposals and assist in presentations

  • Assists in performing field inspections, measurements or calculations for public and private clients

  • 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 may be substituted for 1 year experience.

  • Minimum 3 years related telecommunications design experience, ideally with some exposure to electric substations.

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Must be capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional Engineering (PE) registration.

  • Previous consulting experience.

  • Previous utility company experience.

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-WA-Vancouver

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 213095