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Burns & McDonnell Staff Instrument & Controls Engineer - Oil, Gas & Chemical in Houston, Texas


We are seeking a Staff Instrumentation and Controls Engineer for our Oil, Gas & Chemical Global Practice in our Houston, TX office!

  • Assists in Instrument and Controls Engineering design activities for minor to major scale EPC projects in oil refinery, hydrocarbon, and chemical industrial facilities. Responsible for providing Controls Systems and Instrumentation design deliverables for the project(s) in the front end, detailed design, and construction phases.

  • Works with a team of Instrument and Controls Engineers and Designers in the execution of design and interfaces with a multi-discipline project team consisting project manager, controls, estimating and multiple engineering disciplines. Interfaces directly with construction personnel in development of contracts and execution of work.

  • Supports estimating at each project phase through various means, including instrument specifications and bid processes.

  • Works with various software such as Smart Plant Instrumentation, Excel, and Visio to develop design deliverables. Works with clients and vendors directly in developing design, and builds lasting business relationships.

  • Provides leadership and guidance to less experienced staff members.

  • Must be experienced in the development of P&IDs with Process. Experience in the specification of the various types of instruments for flow, pressure, temperature and level is required.

  • Instrumentation and Controls design deliverables include developing instrument specifications, instrument inquiry/purchase packages, instrument index, loops, cause and effect diagrams and logic diagrams.

  • Experience in PLC/DCS specification and configuration, construction and field start up is a plus.

  • Must be willing and eligible to obtain or currently hold a valid Transportation Worker Identification Cared (TWIC).


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering from accredited program.

  • Minimum 3 years instrumentation and Controls experience (completion of Master’s degree in related field may be substituted for one year experience).

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills. This position requires an individual capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignment.

  • Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered.

  • Previous consulting experience preferred.

  • Professional Engineer preferred.


Job Instrumentation & Controls Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 181861



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