Burns & McDonnell Senior Electrical Engineer / Power Generation in Columbus, Ohio


Burns & McDonnell’s energy experts offer turnkey solutions that take clients from project financing, siting and permitting to turnkey construction and startup. As one of the only firms in the United States to offer value, stability and innovative technology in the power generation industry, Burns & McDonnell has the market expertise to manage all kinds of fuel technologies – ranging from supercritical pulverized coal and combined cycle to gasification and renewables. The company provides every essential service in the energy market while projecting future load growth using efficiency initiatives.

Burns & McDonnell is searching for a well-rounded and driven Senior Level Electrical Engineer in the Columbus, OH area. 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.

The Energy Division focuses on power generating facilities which offer a wide range of design and project execution experiences. Designs include the electrical interconnect to the bulk power grid and all associated power generating facility auxiliary power equipment. Equipment includes rotating machines, such as generators and motors, large power transformers, generator circuit breakers, isolated phase bus duct, non-segregated phase bus duct, switchgear, motor control centers, small power transformers, and variable frequency drives. The wide range of projects provide opportunities on both multi-discipline and electrical only projects.

Multi-disciplined power generation projects require engineers to work in a diverse project team environment and the ability to develop consensus in identifying the optimum solution to complex problems. These complex assignments require the application of advanced techniques, resulting in the development of new or improved processes, equipment and/or technological methods.

In addition to multi-disciplined projects, the Energy Electrical Department executes electrical upgrade projects for power plant / heavy industrial electrical equipment. These projects require engineers to interact with Clients, work with their Client to develop solutions, and successfully execute these projects to make their Client successful. These projects require the ability to troubleshoot and interpret conditions to develop desirable solutions.

For a Senior Level Electrical Engineer, following are some specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Preparing or directing the creation of construction documents 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;

  • Coordinating project design assignments and design teams locally and with the Kansas City office and St. Louis office locations;

  • Perform marketing, project development, and proposal development for electrical upgrade and multi-discipline projects;

  • Regularly meeting and corresponding with clients or outside personnel;

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

  • Preparing engineering cost and man-hour estimates and schedules;

  • Performing Project Management duties on electrical discipline projects;

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

  • Coordinate departmental and divisional initiatives locally and with the Kansas City office location.


Work experience which demonstrates progressive design and management responsibilities. Has experience with design scope development, budget preparation and project execution meeting schedule requirements and maintaining established budgets. 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 interpreting and developing solutions to complex problems.

Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from accredited program. Minimum 5 years of related experience. Experience in power generating facilities, process facilities, 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 systems design and construction administration. Software experience utilizing SKM Power Tools, ETAP, Smart Plant, Smart Plant Electrical, or similar software is preferred but not required. Field construction and commissioning experience is preferred but not required. Excellent written & verbal communications as well as strong analytical & problem-solving skills are required. Previous consulting engineering experience preferred.

Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-OH-Columbus

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

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

Req ID: 180632