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Burns & McDonnell Refrigeration Engineer in Denver, Colorado


The Refrigeration Engineer will work on project teams to create world class designs for new projects, alterations, additions, and assessments on a variety of projects including food distribution, food processing, consumer products, mission critical, manufacturing processes, pharmaceutical, and petrochemical facilities. The Refrigeration Engineer will work with the project team throughout the planning, design and construction process, adapting design documents according to budgetary constraints, design factors and clients’ needs.

Perform refrigeration design for projects from the conceptual phase through design completion including, but not limited to:

  • Develop, manage, and maintain labor budgets with the Project Manager for the refrigeration design.

  • Applies strong knowledge of commonly used refrigeration engineering/design concepts, principles, practices, codes, and procedures within the refrigeration engineering services industry.

  • Establish conceptual design layout, programming documents, and drawing sheet layouts.

  • Guide staff Mechanical Designers on developing/updating REVIT model and drawings.

  • Develop refrigeration specifications based on project and client specific requirements.

  • Research and compile project related data as required by the project manager.

  • Compiles information for client presentations, lifecycle cost analysis, system/utility assessment, shop drawing review, contract administration, and PHA for the design of refrigeration system.

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

  • All other duties as assigned.

Perform assessments on new and existing refrigeration systems including, but not limited to:

  • Develop summary of facility, utility usage, findings, opportunities, rate of return, and conclusion.

  • Interview facility management to identify operational parameters and refrigeration operators to identify operational challenges.

  • Guide staff Mechanical Engineers in collecting information from the facility including refrigeration drawings, photos, archive refrigeration data, field measurements, and field observations.

  • Work with staff Mechanical Engineers to analyze collected information, establish refrigeration load profile, and identify opportunities for improvement/enhancement.

  • Compile report for client review and subsequent discussions.

Act as advisor and/or owner’s representative, on projects where a third-party designer (or design/build contractor) is required, to guide the overall refrigeration design on behalf of the project team including, but not limited to:

  • Establish basis of design narratives and diagrams for the projects.

  • Perform load calculations associated with rooms and processes.

  • Develop RFP document for solicitation of proposal from multiple designers.

  • Review proposals from multiple designers for compliance to RFP.

  • Facilitate and document refrigeration design discussions with selected designer.

  • Review refrigeration design for compliance to commonly used refrigeration engineering/design concepts, principles, practices, codes, and procedures within the refrigeration engineering services industry.

  • Coordinate the refrigeration design with the project team.

  • Act as an advisor to the Project Manager.

Mentor and advise staff Mechanical Engineers on refrigeration principals, design, and assessments.

Actively participate in industry organizations connected to refrigeration system design, construction, operating, and commissioning.


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

  • Or Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or related Engineering Technology from an ABET accredited program.

  • 7 years of industrial refrigeration engineering experience, consulting preferred.

  • Professional Engineering License (PE) preferred.

  • Strong knowledge in standard engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, excellent written, and verbal communication skills.

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

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

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

  • Strong computer skills include AutoCAD, BIM (Revit), 3D Rendering Programs, hydraulic analysis, and process/room load analysis programs.

  • Ability to travel.

Job Mechanical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Other Locations US-GA-Atlanta, US-CT-Wallingford, US-CO-Denver, US-SC-Greenville, US-IL-Chicago, US-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a better place every day. When we take on some of the world’s toughest challenges, we’re putting the industry’s best thinking to work, striving to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Our staff of more than 7,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and business professionals is constantly growing.

We have offices and projects across the U.S. and around the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture, powered by 100% employee ownership, plays a major role in getting us there. Each employee brings a high level of commitment to every project. Clients have shown their appreciation of this dedication, rewarding us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. That’s pretty cool for a firm that started as a small engineering consulting shop back in 1898.

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

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

Req ID: 200363



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