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


Burns & McDonnell is looking for a staff electrical engineer to join our growing team in the Oil, Gas & Chemical Global Practice in our Houston, TX regional office! As a staff electrical engineer, you will apply your knowledge of industrial electrical system design requirements, design deliverables, project schedule, and leadership skills to work with teams of engineers and designers. This position will be work with key clients in the midstream, downstream, and petrochemical sectors of the Oil and Gas industry.

As a staff electrical engineer, you will participate in projects from conceptual planning, feasibility analysis, and front-end engineering design (FEED) estimates, through detailed design, construction, and startup. The staff electrical engineer must be able to follow instructions effectively, delegate effectively, mentor effectively, provide leadership, guidance, training, and instruction to less experienced engineers.

Duties include:

  • Have knowledge of API, NFPA 70, 70E, NEMA, PIP, and other industry standards

  • Evaluate client requirements and author clarifications and exceptions to RFPs, design basis documents, project execution plans, and electrical scopes of work.

  • Preparation of electrical studies including electrical system load studies, short-circuit analysis, relay coordination, arc flash studies, motor starting system dynamics, harmonics analysis, ground fault analysis, and other calculations as required.

  • Have working knowledge of SKM or ETAP electrical system modeling software packages.

  • Help develop and refine electrical department procedures and specifications.

  • Meet and correspond with clients and vendors

  • Design and retrofit 15kV, 5kV, and 480V electrical systems

  • Manage a cable schedule by interacting with controls engineers

  • Write specs to purchase electrical equipment

  • Travel to the project site during construction to answer questions.

  • Experience in construction and field start-up is a plus.

  • Experience with large industrial facility revamp projects with a customized scope is a plus.

  • Knowledge of industry standards and codes such as NEC, API, PIP, IEEE color series books is a plus.

  • This position will make trips to job sites to survey existing electrical conditions (travel about 15%).


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

  • 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 Electrical Engineering may be substituted for 1-year experience.

  • 3 years of electrical engineering experience, consulting preferred.

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

  • Registered Professional Engineer and NCEES record for licensing in multiple states preferred.

  • Candidate must have detailed design projects experience.

  • Must have experience in Class 1 Div 2 Group C,D areas.

  • Must have experience with design activities listed above.

  • Must be willing to travel to the job site and meet with clients and construction personnel to scope the project and answer construction problems.


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 210613