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Burns & McDonnell Senior Substation Design Engineer - Electrical in Baltimore, Maryland


Burns & McDonnell is an award-winning engineering, architectural, construction, environmental and consulting services firm employing over 7000 professionals. We are 100% employee-owned, with regional and project offices worldwide. Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, constructs and manages projects all over the world with one mission in mind -- to make our clients successful. Burns & McDonnell has an opportunity in our Transmission and Distribution (T&D) group for a Senior Electrical Engineer, located in Baltimore.

We are looking for the right individual to join our rapidly growing team for an exciting and rewarding career with one of best places to work and the #1 T&D firm in the US. Candidates applying to this position should be highly self-motivated and ready to work in a fast paced, team environment. The ability to think creatively and use critical thinking and problem solving skills is essential.

Responsibilities include the preparation of electrical substation design; ownership of project scope and schedule; interface and coordination with other disciplines including protection and controls, communications, civil & structural, architectural, transmission line, project/program management, public relations, permitting, and contractor coordination & construction support as needed to successfully execute and develop deliverables for high and extra high voltage substations (HV and EHV).

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design substations utilizing client standards or developing new standards including:

  • Bill of materials

  • Single lines, Three lines

  • Material/Construction specifications

  • Physical layouts, equipment plans, sections and details

  • Grounding and ground grids

  • Control building arrangements

  • AC and DC protection and control schematics

  • Relay and control panel arrangements

  • Equipment and relay panel wiring

  • Interior and exterior raceways

  • Auxiliary AC and DC power systems

  • Cable/Conduit lists

  • Prepare calculations and equipment specifications.

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

  • Provide direction to ensure teams effectively execute project work and deliver high quality work products.

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

  • Regularly meets and corresponds with clients or outside personnel and develop relationships with key client points of contact.

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

  • May develop and evaluate plans for major projects.

  • May assess feasibility or soundness of proposed applications when data is insufficient or testing is advisable.

  • May coordinate departmental or divisional project studies, reports or project design assignments.

  • Perform design quality reviews for projects of all sizes.

  • Some project management responsibilities.

  • Some marketing and proposal responsibilities.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from accredited program. Minimum 7 years related high voltage (34kV and above) substation design experience and experience with power systems including knowledge of:

  • Power systems design - one line and three lines

  • Power apparatus in utility projects

  • Power systems studies - load flow and short circuit analysis

  • Project scopes, project schedules and deliverables

  • EPC project execution

Completion of master's degree in related field may be substituted for one year of experience. Advanced knowledge of high voltage engineering, underground systems, transmission and distribution systems, protection and control systems, grounding, lightning shielding is preferred. Proficiency with National Electrical Safety Code and IEEE / ANSI Standards is required.

Excellent written & verbal communication skills. Strong analytical and problem solving skills. 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 devising new approaches to problems encountered.

Previous consulting experience preferred. Ability to obtain Professional Engineer registration in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, D.C. or Pennsylvania within 3 months is required.

Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-MD-Baltimore

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a better place every day. When we take on some of the world’s toughest challenges, we’re putting the industry’s best thinking to work, striving to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Our staff of more than 7,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and business professionals is constantly growing.

We have offices and projects across the U.S. and around the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture, powered by 100% employee ownership, plays a major role in getting us there. Each employee brings a high level of commitment to every project. Clients have shown their appreciation of this dedication, rewarding us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. That’s pretty cool for a firm that started as a small engineering consulting shop back in 1898.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with hundreds of service specialties, your career and development options are endless.

Are you ready to create amazing?

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 191966



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