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Burns & McDonnell Staff Electrical Engineer - Power Generation (Multiple Locations) in Houston, Texas


Staff Electrical Engineer in the Energy Division focuses on the design and construction of power generating facilities. Designs cover both new and existing plants and include the electrical interconnect to the bulk power grid and all associated power generating facility auxiliary power equipment. Equipment includes rotating machines, such as generators and motors, large power transformers, generator circuit breakers, isolated phase bus duct, non-segregated phase bus duct, switchgear, motor control centers, small power transformers, variable frequency drives, and protective relays. Power generation technologies are wide ranging, including simple cycle and combined cycle natural gas, coal, hydro, nuclear, solar, wind, and energy storage.

Engineer will execute complex assignments requiring the application of advanced techniques, resulting in the development of new or improved processes, equipment and/or technological methods. Some specific duties & responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating project design assignments and design teams.

  • Electrical system modeling including grounding, load flow, short-circuit, and arc-flash analysis.

  • Protective relay setting development, calculation, and coordination studies.

  • Developing scope of work, conceptual design, and execution plans.

  • Developing equipment specifications, procuring, and factory acceptance testing electrical equipment.

  • Preparing engineering cost and man-hour estimates and schedules.

  • Preparing/creating construction documents for the installation of new or modifications of existing power generating facility electrical systems.

  • Performing Project Management duties on electrical discipline projects.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, instruction, and mentorship to less experienced staff members.

  • Regularly meeting and corresponding with clients or outside personnel.

  • May coordinate departmental and divisional project studies and reports.

  • Some marketing responsibilities.

  • Work experience which demonstrates progressive design and project management responsibilities. Has experience with design scope development, budget preparation and project execution meeting schedule requirements and maintaining established budgets. This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments. Must be capable of interpreting and developing solutions to complex problems.

  • Other duties will be assigned as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from accredited program.

  • Minimum 3 years of related experience. Experience in electrical power, medium voltage, low voltage, lighting, grounding, electrical equipment control, protective relaying and associated systems design and construction administration strongly preferred.

  • Facility type designs may include power generating facilities, process facilities, and large industrial facilities.

  • System modeling using SKM Power Tools, ETAP, or similar modeling software is preferred.

  • SmartPlant / SmartPlant Electrical experienced preferred.

  • Excellent written & verbal communications as well as strong analytical & problem-solving skills are required.

  • Previous consulting engineering experience preferred.

  • Completion of FE exam strongly preferred.


Job Electrical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Other Locations US-TX-Houston, US-IL-Chicago, US-OH-Columbus

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 202018