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Burns & McDonnell Senior Transmission Engineer (Multiple Positions) in Columbus, Ohio


Wishing you could have an ownership stake in the company you are working for? Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is an award-winning full-service Engineering, Architectural, Construction, Environmental, Permitting, and Consulting services firm. We are a 100% employee-owned company with regional and project offices nationwide. Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, constructs, and manages projects all over the world with one mission in mind -- to make our clients successful.

Our Transmission & Distribution division is looking for a Senior Transmission Line Engineer to join our growing business in the Akron, Columbus, and St. Louis offices. The Senior Transmission Line Engineer will lead the design of complex transmission line projects including project technical oversight, providing technical expertise and leading technical design staff. This position will be a recognized industry leader in transmission line design and provide best practices for related projects.

Major responsibilities for the Senior Transmission Line Engineer will include:

  • Lead transmission design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion for project needs and requirements that are set forth by the project managers including EFM, Conductor Sizing, Induction, Impedance, Losses and Voltage Drop design.

  • Prepare transmission equipment: packaged equipment specifications and data sheets, Request for Qualifications (RFQ's), technical bid summaries, and purchase recommendations.

  • Lead economic conductor selection studies, lightning performance and grounding calculations/studies.

  • Lead calculations for required electrical clearances based on NESC or other applicable codes and resources. Lead in the communication of the interpretation and application of necessary NERC, FERC and regional requirements and standards.

  • Review transmission equipment vendor drawings; data interface with suppliers, clients other engineering disciplines, detailers, designers.

  • Participate in development of project schedule, scope, budget staffing planning and construction planning. Responsible for effective communication and management of change orders.

  • Applies expert knowledge of commonly used transmission concepts, practices, codes and procedures within the transmission engineering services industry.

  • Applies knowledge and experience to complex projects, find non-standard design solutions.

  • Quality review production drawings for a variety of projects and project related data as required by the project managers to verify corrections are made within multiple CAD related software.

  • Quality review the construction administration including coordination with field personnel to resolve design related installation issues, calculations, field inspections and testing of transmission systems.

  • Leads field inspections, installation, measurements or calculations for public and private clients.

  • Prepare and present technical reports for clients and industry publications.

  • Build effective relationships with existing clients, customers and contractors. Responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction goals and expectations are met.

  • Participate sales and marketing efforts and identify key pursuits as needed.

  • Prepare and present project budgets and cost estimates.

  • Provide leadership, guidance and instruction to the transmission engineering practice. Mentor and guide less experienced engineers.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • Responsible for effective communication with other engineering disciplines.

  • Responsible for compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or related degree from an ABET-accredited program.

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

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering a plus.

  • 7 years of transmission engineering experience. EPC project experience preferred.

  • Professional Engineering License (PE) preferred.

  • Expert knowledge in standard engineering techniques and procedures. Strong knowledge of transmission design codes and computer skills (e.g. AutoCAD, MicroStation, BIM (Revit), Civil 3D, PLS, PLS-CADD, RISA-3D, MathCADD), and/or hydraulic, hydrologic, pavement, transmission analysis programs. Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, organization and problem-solving skills.

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

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience with leading the discipline design for large projects and delegating work tasks to team members. Ability to lead execution of work and resolve issues in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills, and ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment.

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

  • Ability to perform quality reviews for detailed engineering documents and specifications.

  • Ability to travel.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Saint Louis

Other Locations US-OH-Akron, US-OH-Columbus

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 240362

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JH #T&D