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Burns & McDonnell Distribution Engineer - Distribution (Grand Rapids) in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Chart your own course and change the world — with the support of people whose interests are aligned with yours. At Burns & McDonnell, opportunity is waiting. We’re looking for people with big ideas and an entrepreneurial mindset. It’s those kinds of people who’ve helped us grow from a small consulting business back in 1898 to a global leader in engineering, construction and consulting solutions. Today, we’re a thriving company with 7,600 professionals working in 50 offices worldwide and recognized as the global leader in Transmission & Distribution. We are addressing projects across the country that range widely in complexity and voltage. We are supporting our clients as they take on new challenges to rebuild their electric grid to support the challenges of tomorrow. With Burns & McDonnell’s EPC team, we are able to provide solutions that overcome these challenges in an expedited fashion and provide opportunities for our team to experience the entire project lifecycle. With our clients’ needs in this area expanding rapidly we are looking for leaders to join our team and help drive the vision for tomorrow’s electric grid. We are Burns & McDonnell and we Create Amazing.

We’re growing our distribution design business in our Grand Rapids office as we continue our journey to help make our clients successful. In this opportunity, we are looking for an experienced engineer to be the first employee from our distribution team to sit in that office location. The Distribution Engineer will help grow a project teams to create world-class designs for new projects, alterations, and redevelopments on various 2.4kV to 34.5kV overhead and underground utility distribution projects. The Distribution Engineer will work with the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting electrical distribution plans according to budget constraints, design factors, or client needs. Responsibilities may include but not limited to:

  • Develop and prepare distribution voltage packages for both overhead and underground projects, including distribution equipment installation, feeder replacement, cable replacement, and new feeder design.

  • Develop and prepare design sketches, cost estimates, bill of materials, and other required deliverables.

  • Perform various distribution calculations, including cable pulling, voltage drop, and pole loading calculations.

  • Apply strong knowledge of NESC standards and utility standards, guides, specifications, and procedures.

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

  • Perform field inspections for overhead and underground electric facilities on public and private utility systems.

  • Prepare and disseminate project communication regarding vegetation management, third-party attachments, right-of-way, and outage planning.

  • Develop client presentations, reports, and visualizations to demonstrate technical results and project status.

  • Support the interviewing and hiring of new candidates

  • Training and mentoring of project team

  • Quality assurance and technical alignment

  • All other duties as assigned.


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

  • A Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related Engineering Technology degree from an ABET accredited program and successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering may be substituted for one year experience.

  • Three years of relevant engineering experience, consulting preferred.

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

  • Strong knowledge of electrical distribution power flow.

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

  • Proficiency in distribution design software and GIS to aid in design.

  • Strong knowledge regarding easements, right-of-way, and permitting for distribution projects.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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

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


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-MI-Grand Rapids

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 230675 Job Hire Type Experienced