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Burns & McDonnell Senior Mechanical Engineer (Heat Transfer Equipment) - Oil, Gas & Chemical (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri


Burns & McDonnell is a full-service, global AEC firm that excels at every step of project delivery. Our diverse service range gives our clients access to a uniquely broad talent pool of 10,000 professionals and enables us to help solve some of their most complex challenges. We’re able to seamlessly plan, design, permit, construct and manage projects with one mission in mind: making our clients successful.

Burns & McDonnell’s Oil, Gas & Chemical global practice is searching for a Senior Mechanical Engineer – Heat Transfer Equipment Specialist in its Kansas City, MO headquarters office. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm ranked numerous times on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For and voted as a Best Place to Work in cities across the United States.

The Senior Mechanical Engineer will support projects in a variety of industry sectors, including the strategic areas of renewable fuels and carbon capture/reduction. As a Senior Mechanical Engineer, you will lead the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting mechanical designs according to budget constraints, design factors or client needs.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead mechanical design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion for project needs and requirements that are set forth by the project managers.

  • Specialize in heat transfer equipment and perform thermal and mechanical design of mechanical equipment such as shell and tube heat exchangers, air-cooled heat exchangers, and/or plate and frame heat exchangers.

  • Prepare technical bid & purchase documents based on process datasheets, client specifications, and industry codes and standards

  • Review vendor equipment bids and prepare technical bid evaluations.

  • Review vendor drawings and other documentation and regularly meet, correspond, and coordinate with equipment vendors.

  • Apply specialist knowledge of commonly used mechanical concepts, practices, codes and procedures within the mechanical engineering services industry.

  • Apply knowledge and experience to complex projects, find non-standard design solutions.

  • Interface and coordinate with multiple engineering disciplines to meet project design requirements and effectively manage the internal flow of data and design changes.

  • Performs inter-discipline document reviews, such as P&IDs.

  • Provide field installation support for client and construction personnel and have an interest in troubleshooting machinery, and in pre-commissioning and start-up support.

  • Provide mentoring of personnel in heat transfer equipment design and add responsibilities such as the opportunity oversee execution of the above activities performed by less-experienced engineers.

  • Participate sales and marketing efforts and identify key pursuits.

  • Lead the development of cost proposals and qualification statements to achieve stated targets and standards for financial performance.

  • Prepare and present project budgets and cost estimates. Report project performance.

  • Responsible for QA/QC process adherence.

  • Responsible for effective communication with other engineering disciplines.

  • Responsible for compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • All other duties as assigned.


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

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

  • Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering may be substituted for 1 year experience.

  • 7 years of mechanical engineering experience with industrial heat exchanger design and software such as HTRI, Aspen Plus, HYSIS, or BJAC

  • Professional Engineering License (PE) preferred.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision.

  • Previous EPC industry consulting experience and/or exchanger fabrication, operations or maintenance/reliability experience is considered a plus.

  • Familiarity with design codes and standards such as API, PIP and ASME.

  • Must be eligible for TWIC

  • Experience with leading the discipline design for large projects and delegating work tasks to team members. Ability to lead execution of work and resolve issues in a team environment.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills, ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment.

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

  • Ability to perform quality reviews for detailed engineering documents and specifications.

  • Ability to travel.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to build your own success story, both personally and professionally. You will be empowered to build not just projects, but your career. With a vast array of service specialties and the tools to shape your destiny, you will find abundant options.

Entrepreneurial spirit drives us to explore big ideas and discover new opportunities. Our engineers, architects, planners, construction professionals, technologists and scientists take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking. Our culture of employee ownership plays a vital role — each of us takes a stake in every project we touch, creating amazing results for our clients and communities. Collaboration leads to our clients’ success, which in turn leads to our company’s success. And that in turn leads to numerous awards and recognition, both for our projects and as a great place to work.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Mechanical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 240087

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-DS #OGC