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Burns & McDonnell Graduate Substation Engineer - Transmission & Distribution (Birmingham, UK) in Birmingham, United Kingdom



To gain experience and develop in-depth knowledge and skills in all areas associated with high voltage substation engineering (from 11kV to 400kV), through undertaking engineering analysis and design on power transmission and distribution projects.


  • Work under the guidance of senior engineers to produce detailed high voltage substation design packages, compliant to required client and national technical standards (ENA/BS/IEC/IEEE), including preparing calculations and technical/equipment specification documentation.

  • Participate in FEED stage projects, including production of technical reports and presentations.

  • Support the preparation of technical solutions for project proposals.

  • Work independently or as part of a project team and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.

  • Support ‘Safety by Design’ approach on all projects, at all times.

  • Maintain compliance to CDM Regulations and all other legal and regulatory requirements associated with the nature of cable and electrical system design.

  • Understand wider industry best practices and client technical standards/procedures for construction, operations & maintenance, and decommissioning, in order to drive safety, constructability, and operability throughout whole asset lifecycles.

  • Maintain project compliance to Burns & McDonnell’s UK Integrated Management System.

  • Always strive to offer world-class customer service, to drive client success.

  • Be an ambassador for Burns & McDonnell at all times through acting in accordance with expected high ethical and moral standards, and in adherence to Burns & McDonnell Code of Conduct.

  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and judgment in anticipating and solving problems.

  • Technical development of knowledge and skills through a combination of training courses, project experience, mentoring, and self-teaching.

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

  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as may reasonably be asked of this position by management.



  • Bachelor's degree in an electrical based engineering discipline, from an accredited institution.

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

  • Knowledge of using CAD software (e.g. AutoCAD) for engineering design.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to apply diversified knowledge of principles and practices to a range of assignments.

  • Able to manage tasks on multiple projects and conflicting deadlines.

  • Able to work autonomously and/or as part of a project team.

  • Pro-active in building knowledge and understanding of the electricity transmission and distribution industry.

  • Engaged in the engineering community and how we can drive success for our clients.

  • Ability to maintain focus on technical work to meet deadlines.

  • Attention to detail in production of design drawings and technical documentation.

  • Ability to develop innovative and practical solutions to a range of problems, and an understanding of how one issue may be part of a much larger solution.

  • Ability to make an effective and collaborative contribution to the team through sharing knowledge, promoting ideas, and valuing the contribution of all team members.

  • Driven to provide outstanding customer service.


  • Membership of a relevant professional Engineering Institution (e.g. IET, CIGRE, IEC, IEEE etc.).

Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location GB-Birmingham UK-Birmingham

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 201031