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Burns & McDonnell Distribution Planning Engineer in Kansas City, Missouri


The Distribution Planning Engineering will be responsible for analysis and planning of distribution voltage overhead, underground and substation systems. Experienced in distribution voltage technologies, automation, protection, OH/UG design, OH/UG planning, OH/UG construction. Provide short-term field visits to validate existing system assets and configuration and coordinate with engineering and construction teams.

Assignments may include:

  • Plan OH and UG distribution circuits and substations utilizing client standards plus modern industry standards optimizing performance through distribution automation technologies.

  • Power flow modeling of distribution line and substation projects using Synergi, CYME, SINCAL, Windmil, SKM, etap, Aspen and/or other planning software.

  • Reliability analysis and solution simulation.

  • Siting, routing, design and evaluation of distribution line and substation projects.

  • Load transfer capability analysis.

  • Interconnection capacity analysis.

  • Perform power system planning and operations including: transient stability, short circuit, and voltage analysis.

  • Review and revise equipment specifications.

  • Assess feasibility or soundness of proposed applications when data is insufficient or testing is advisable.

  • Prepare proposals and engineering/project cost estimates.

  • Coordinate departmental or divisional project studies, reports or project design assignments.

  • Lead design and project management responsibilities.

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

  • Regularly meet and correspond with clients or outside personnel.

  • Sector and service marketing material development and general marketing responsibilities.

  • Travel my be required up to 25-50%


This position requires an experienced and competent individual capable of successfully solving difficult problems that require adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures and criteria. Must be capable of devising new approaches to problems encountered.

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering from accredited program.

  • Minimum 3 years relevant experience (completion of master's degree in related field may be substituted for one year of experience).

  • Understanding of power grid and distribution power flow.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Knowledgeable of telecommunications, renewable and distributed generation integration, and advanced technologies preferred.

  • Experience with power flow modeling software (specifically Synergi, CYME, SINCAL, Windmil, SKM, etap, Aspen and/or other planning software).

  • Completion of FE exam and/or licensed PE strongly preferred.

  • Willingness to travel.


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % 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: 171461