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Burns & McDonnell Staff Substation Electrical Engineer - Transmission & Distribution (United Kingdom) in Glasgow, United Kingdom


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Acting in a qualified engineer capacity within the (power) Transmission & Distribution Global Practice, to produce design engineering deliverables for Burns & McDonnell’s substation (physical/primary plant) engineering projects. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Leading on project technical solution development, unaided and when appropriate;

  • participating in multi-disciplinary teams to produce specific sub-packages of detailed engineering deliverables;

  • supporting the Substations Section Manager in growing and enhancing the Substations Section engineering capability in the UK business; and providing guidance and mentorship to less experienced engineers within the engineering team, particularly those in the Substations Section.

  • Be a lead technical role on substation design project deliverables, ranging from 11kV up to 400kV (with a particular emphasis on 132kV voltages and above), including undertaking the role of Lead Project Engineer on project teams, as required and when appropriate.

  • Produce detailed electricity substation design packages, compliant with required client and national technical standards (ENA/BS/IEC/IEEE, etc.).

  • Earthing studies and substation earth system design.

  • Prepare calculations and technical/equipment specification documentation.

  • Execute complex assignments requiring the use of advanced techniques, resulting in the development of new or improved processes, equipment, and/or technological methods.

  • Undertake consultancy role on FEED stage projects, including production of technical reports and presentations.

  • Maintain compliance with CDM Regulations and all other legal and regulatory requirements associated with the nature of substation and electrical system design.

  • Undertake technical quality assurance reviews and provide design approval/sign-off, as required, on substation-physical-related designs and deliverables.

  • Work closely with other sections of the UK T&D Engineering Team, particularly the Protection & Control Section and Civil/Structural Section, to enable effective collaboration on multi-disciplinary projects and facilitate an optimal engineering function in the UK business.

  • Maintain technical compliance to applicable Burns & McDonnell and client design management standards, processes, and procedures on all work delivered.

  • Assist with developing and implementing policies, processes, procedures, standards, and technical guidance, as required, to continually improve the engineering capability within the Substations Section.

  • Plan and lead client meetings (or meeting sections) relating to substation engineering, as required.

  • Act as Principal Designer representative, as defined by UK Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, where required.

  • Support the preparation of project proposals and tender presentations.

  • Drive ‘Safety by Design’ approach on all projects, at all times.

  • Support nurturing of safety and technical excellence culture through an emphasis on staff competence, diligence, and responsible attitude.

  • Understanding wider industry best practices and client technical standards/procedures for construction, operations & maintenance, and decommissioning, in order to drive safety, constructability, and operability throughout whole asset lifecycles.

  • Maintain project compliance to Burns & McDonnell’s UK Integrated Management System (IMS).

  • Support nurturing of world-class customer service culture, to drive client success.

  • Be an ambassador for Burns & McDonnell at all times, through acting in accordance with expected high ethical and moral standards, and in adherence to the Burns & McDonnell Code of Conduct.

  • Provide support for continued professional development of less experienced engineers in the team, including technical guidance.

  • Actively support marketing and business development activities, building relationships with client technical contacts to aid in generating new business, and elevation of the Burns & McDonnell brand.

  • Identifying new skills and competencies required within the Burns & McDonnell team to meet business needs and actively supporting the development and recruitment of talent, including candidate interviewing.

  • Participate in relevant professional bodies and industry groups. Maintain Continued Professional Development (CPD).

  • Support or lead portions of section meetings.

  • Interpret and support with establishing policies, procedures, and strategic goals of the organisation.

  • Assist in determining section objectives and requirements, organise projects and developing standards and guidelines.

  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and judgment in anticipating and solving problems.

  • Assist with the advancement and development of department tools and workflows to increase the efficiency of designs, specification development, and project execution.

  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as may reasonably be asked of this position by management.


  • Bachelor's degree in an electrical-based (or closely related) engineering discipline, from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum of 3 years of substation engineering design experience in the electricity transmission & distribution sector.

  • Membership in a relevant professional Engineering Institution (e.g. IET, CIGRE, IEC, IEEE, etc.).


  • Relevant Health & Safety qualification (e.g. IOSH Managing Safely, NEBOSH Cert./Dip., NVQ Level 3 in H&S-related subject).

  • Professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer with the Engineering Council.

  • Substation safety and access training (e.g. NSI 30, BESC: AIM, etc.)

  • Formal training in CDM 2015, Construction Safety, and Impressed Voltages.

  • Knowledge of engineering design management best practices with the ability to implement this knowledge.

  • Understanding of the requirements of relevant UK Health & Safety legislation relating to design and construction work in the electricity supply industry.

  • Understanding of the requirements of relevant UK Environmental and Waste Management legislation.

  • Understanding of current Construction (Design & Management) Regulations.

  • Ideally, knowledge of National Grid’s procedures: TP106, TP131, TP135, TP137, TP141, TP153, TP163, TP183, TP184, TP188, TP189, TP191, TP211, TP215, TP235, TP241.

  • Knowledge and experience applying National Grids Technical Specification, Technical Guidance Notes, and Design Handbooks relating to substations.

  • Understanding of the causes and consequences of Impressed Voltage.

  • Understanding of the general requirements of procedural control of Temporary Works, in accordance with British Standards.

  • IT literate, with good knowledge of using Microsoft Office applications.

  • Knowledge of applying CAD technology/software to substation and P&C design and understanding of BIM principles (PAS 1192 and ISO 16950)

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to deal effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders across clients, industry, government, and public.

  • Able to manage tasks on multiple projects and conflicting deadlines.

  • Able to work autonomously and/or as part of a project team.

  • Proactive in building knowledge and understanding of the electricity transmission and distribution industry.

  • Engaged in the engineering community and how we can drive success for our clients.

  • Ability to develop innovative and practical solutions to a range of problems, and an understanding of how one issue may be part of a much larger solution.

  • Ability to make an effective and collaborative contribution to the team through sharing knowledge, promoting ideas, and valuing the contribution of all team members.


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location GB-Birmingham UK-Birmingham

Other Locations GB-Glasgow, UK-Glasgow

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 233621

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JA #UKO