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Burns & McDonnell Senior Transmission Engineer - Transmission (Newton) in Newton, Massachusetts


The Senior Transmission Engineer will lead the design of complex transmission line projects. Responsibilities will include project technical oversight, providing technical expertise and leading technical design staff. This position will be a recognized industry leader in transmission line design and provide best practices for related projects.

  • Lead transmission design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion for project needs and requirements. This includes performing and overseeing the PLS-CADD modeling, line routing, structure analysis to develop load trees, developing design criteria, sag-tension calculations, wire blowout, swing angle, damper recommendations, structure spotting, clearance reports, wire selection, etc.

  • Lead development of specifications for construction, hardware, and material for high voltage overhead transmission line (HV OH T-Line); structure design and development; hardware design and selection; and field installation supervision.

  • Lead development of construction drawings and cost estimates for high & extra high voltage overhead transmission lines.

  • Lead calculations for required electrical clearances based on NESC or GO 95 or other applicable codes and resources. Lead in the communication of the interpretation and application of necessary NERC, FERC and regional requirements and standards.

  • Review transmission equipment vendor drawings; interface with suppliers, clients other engineering disciplines, detailers, designers.

  • Participate in development of project schedule, scope, budget staffing planning and construction planning. Responsible for effective management of change orders.

  • Applies expert knowledge of commonly used transmission concepts, practices, codes and procedures within the transmission engineering services industry.

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

  • Quality review deliverables for a variety of projects and project related data as required by the project managers to verify corrections are made within multiple CAD related software working with a team of engineers, drafters and designers.

  • Lead construction support from an engineering perspective including coordination with field personnel to resolve design related installation issues, calculations, field inspections and testing of transmission systems.

  • Prepare and present technical reports for clients and industry publications.

  • Build effective relationships with existing clients, customers and contractors and develop new business opportunities. Responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction goals and expectations are met.

  • Participate in 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.

  • Provide leadership, guidance and instruction to the transmission engineering practice. Mentor and guide less experienced engineers.

  • 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 Civil Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program.

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

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering a plus.

  • 7 years transmission engineering experience.

  • Professional Engineering License (PE) preferred.

  • Proficiency in standard civil/structural engineering techniques and procedures.

  • Expert knowledge and proficiency in utilizing Design software and tools including but not limited to Bentley Power Line system based programs (i.e., PLS-CADD, PLS-TOWER, PLS-POLE, PLS-LITE), SAG 10, L-PILE, or AUTO CAD.

  • Proficiency of industry codes and standards, including NESC, GO95 ASCE 74, ASCE 48-11, or ASCE 10-97

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

  • Strong computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience with leading 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 – 25%

Compensation Range


The expected compensation range for this position is displayed in compliance with all local/state regulations. The expected compensation range for this position is based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: individual education, qualifications, prior work experience and work location. The total annual compensation package will consist of a base salary and eligibility to participate in our discretionary year-end incentive bonus program.


Our extensive benefits package takes care of you so that you can focus on doing great work. From insurance and disability to time off and wellness programs, we provide the tools to meet your needs. As part of being 100% employee owned, eligible employees participate in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in addition to our 401(k) retirement program. For more information, please visit the Benefits & Wellness page.

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


Job Civil Engineering

Primary Location US-MA-Newton

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 234839

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-JH #T&D