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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Electrical Engineer - Oil, Gas & Chemical (Houston) in Houston, Texas


Burns & McDonnell is looking for an electrical engineer to join the team in our Oil, Gas, and Chemicals division. As an assistant electrical engineer, you can either lead a small team of engineers and designers, or work under a more experienced engineer, and perform engineering activities on design-build projects and studies. Some of the technical duties are:

  • Perform hazardous area classification studies

  • Create one-line diagrams for 15kV and 5kV and 480V and DC systems

  • Perform load flow, short circuit, and arc flash studies in SKM or ETAP

  • Specify and purchase large electrical equipment such as switchgear, MCCs, and electrical buildings

  • Regularly meet and correspond with clients and vendors

  • Travel to the project site and factory acceptance tests

  • Create MV and LV motor schematics

  • Manage a cable schedule and size cables

  • Interact daily with other discipline engineers and designers

In addition to the technical side of this position, you can manage a small team of engineers and designers. Some of the lead engineer duties are:

  • Receive mentoring from more experienced electrical engineers

  • Provide guidance to less experienced team members

  • Estimate labor hours and material quantities for your project

  • Coordinate the workload with other engineers and designers with support from management

  • Be responsible for the quality of all electrical deliverables

When our design-build projects include construction and commissioning, other activities can include:

  • Travel to the project site during construction to answer questions from the field

  • Writing energization guidelines with the client and initial operations team

This position will be accountable for meeting schedule and budget and making trips to job sites.


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

  • 2 years of related experience preferred.

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

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

  • Successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or Engineer-in-Training (EIT) strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.

  • Prior internship and/or related consulting experience preferred.

  • Involvement on campus or in the community.

  • Basic knowledge in standard electrical engineering techniques, principles and procedures.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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

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

  • Basic computer skills include electrical analysis programs (e.g., RISA), AutoCAD and BIM (e.g., Revit and Tekla).

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

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work permanently (i.e. without time limitations, without restrictions or without need for work sponsorship) in the country where this position is located.


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Other Locations United States

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 210968