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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Commissioning Engineer - Aviation & Federal (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell has an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Commissioning Engineer with a desire to grow personally and professionally. We are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial mindset to join our national team with a passion to work alongside engineers, architects, construction teams, and owners to make their projects more successful.

As an employee-owner you will assist with commissioning, retro-commissioning, and energy related assignments for complex buildings and systems in the mission critical, healthcare, laboratory, aviation, manufacturing, higher education, commercial building, water, waste water and onsite energy markets. The Assistant Commissioning Engineer will work with the project team throughout the commissioning process, adapting commissioning plans to budget constraints, design factors or client needs.

  • Assist with the writing and execution of commissioning plans, specifications, checklists, test procedures, systems manuals, and reports based upon Burns & McDonnell's commissioning standards.

  • Assist in the revision of design, equipment submittals, operations and maintenance manuals, start-up reports, checklists, and training programs for commissioning plans.

  • Review operating modes, sequence of operations and specifics of equipment, operations, and maintenance for commissioning plans.

  • Assist with documenting results and performance shortfalls. Assist owner, operations and maintenance, design and construction personnel in recommending remedial measures.

  • Attend meetings with owner, operation and maintenance, design and construction personnel to understand project goals and schedules in order to ensure commissioning work is properly coordinated.

  • Assist with site visits to coordinate commissioning, evaluate new and existing systems, equipment start-up. Assist with operations and maintenance training.

  • Assist with operation and maintenance plans to develop an understanding of systems and design intent.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Architectural Engineering from an ABET accredited university is required.

  • Or Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Electrical or related Engineering Technology from an ABET accredited program and successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • Successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or Engineer-in-Training (EIT) strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.

  • Prior internship and/or related consulting experience preferred.

  • Involvement on campus or in the community.

  • Basic knowledge in standard engineering techniques, principles and procedures.

  • Basic understanding of site safety procedures, including electrical safety.

  • Basic knowledge with different types of stand-alone monitoring equipment including flow meters, temperature loggers, electrical meters, and others a plus.

  • Basic knowledge with DOE-2, eQUEST, Energy Pro, and other modeling software a plus.

  • Basic knowledge with ASHRAE level energy audits and development of energy savings calculations from retro-fits and energy measures from retro-commissioning a plus.

  • Basic knowledge in combined heat and power/cogeneration, central utility plants, data centers, healthcare facilities, laboratories, water/wastewater facilities, controls, building envelope, TAB, NETA electrical testing, renewable energy and other specialties a plus.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment and demonstrated critical thinking skills.

  • Proficient computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite).

  • Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, organization and problem solving skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain access authorization to facilities and data of existing and potential clients, including, but not limited to DOE, aerospace, military, food and consumer product manufacturers, pharmaceutical, laboratories, and others necessary to sell and complete work.

  • Ability to travel up to 25 % of the time as projects dictate.

  • Completion of/or ability to obtain OSHA 8-hour Safety Training Course is required.

  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis without requiring future sponsorship for employment visa status.


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 240682 Job Hire Type New Grad