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Burns & McDonnell Staff Electrical Engineer - Solar in Chicago, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell is searching for a well-rounded and driven Staff Electrical Engineer to join our Energy (ENR) Global Practice. This unique opportunity requires an individual who enjoys engineering, business development, and project management roles. A “seller-doer” type who has high-quality technical and interpersonal skills.

Burns & McDonnell plays a diverse role in the solar and energy storage industries. Projects consist of, but are not limited to front-end project development, permitting, interconnection applications, detailed design, Owner’s/Independent Engineer, construction/field support, commissioning support, consultation services, and full turnkey EPC.

For a Staff Solar Engineer, following are some specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Perform marketing, project development, and proposal development for a range of multi-discipline projects as specified above.

  • Regularly meeting and corresponding with clients, vendors or other outside personnel.

  • Developing scope of work, conceptual design, and execution plans.

  • Preparing engineering cost, work-hour estimates and schedules.

  • Performing Project Management duties.

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

  • Preparing or directing the creation of construction documents and specifications for the installation of new, or modifications of existing power generating facility electrical systems.

  • Developing or directing the creation of equipment specifications, procuring, and factory acceptance testing electrical equipment.

  • Evaluate and compare electrical equipment and provide recommendations to client.

  • Coordinating project design assignments and design teams locally and with other office locations.

  • Provide guidance and field engineering support during construction and commissioning.

  • Perform quality control reviews of drawing packages, reports, specifications, calculations and simulations to conform with company, industry, and safety standards.

  • Coordinate departmental and divisional initiatives locally and with other office locations.

  • This position requires approximately 20% travel to Client offices and field project sites.


  • 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.

  • 3 years of electrical engineering experience, consulting preferred.

  • A minimum of 3 years of related experience in renewable power generating facilities, battery energy storage systems, and/or large industrial facilities including the following design types, is strongly preferred: medium voltage, low voltage, lighting, grounding, electrical equipment control, protective relaying and associated system designs and construction administration.

  • Software experience utilizing SKM, AmpCalc, PVSyst, Power Tools, ETAP, AutoCAD, or similar software is preferred.

  • Field construction and commissioning experience is preferred.

  • Excellent written & verbal communications, as well as strong analytical & problem-solving skills, are required.

  • Previous consulting engineering experience preferred.

  • Successful completion (i.e.passing) FE or EIT preferred.


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Other Locations US-MO-Saint Louis, US-AZ-Phoenix, US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 223566 Job Hire Type Experienced