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Burns & McDonnell Transmission Planning Consultant - E98 (Houston) in Houston, Texas


The Transmission Planning Consultant will utilize knowledge in electrical transmission planning and application of grid technologies to assess grid performance and ready the grid for the future challenges represented by plant retirements and renewable integration. The Transmission Planning Consultant will perform a broad range of transmission and operational studies and other consulting services to help clients make decisions backed by business and engineering analysis. This role will contribute to the execution of technical studies and work with project managers to perform the technical execution for projects.

  • Performs a broad range of studies and other consulting services such as transmission planning and operational studies consisting of power flow, transient stability, transfer capability, short-circuit, voltage analysis, harmonics analysis, electromagnetic, reliability, and economic dispatch associated with congestion management scenarios.

  • Evaluates regulatory conditions and risks by applying NERC, FERC, and Regional requirements, policies and procedures, production costing, risk assessment techniques, TPL compliance, and generator interconnection principles.

  • Independently executes transmission system planning studies using industry software such as PSS/E, PSLF, EMTP/ATP, PSCAD, SKM, ETAP, and Promod.

  • Performs independent evaluation, selection, adaptation, and modification of standard engineering techniques for electric transmission system planning procedures and criteria.

  • Conducts data analysis and interpretation of engineering, financial, and economic conditions and results, and subsequent technical business implications to client projects.

  • Analyzes life-cycle costs by developing and incorporating technical assumptions regarding capital costs, operation and maintenance costs, performance estimates, and economic assumptions and forecasts.

  • Conducts technical and business-related risk assessments that evaluate impacts associated with rules implemented by regulatory agencies.

  • Develops and conducts detailed financial analysis using a variety of computer-based software.

  • Develops technical reports and presentations summarizing results of analysis.

  • Develops client presentations, engineering reviews, financial analysis, and contract administration for the design/planning of utility systems.

  • Assists project managers in business development activities including proposal development and client relationships.

  • Support business lines as required by clients.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Complies with all policies and standards.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program or related degree and 3 years of related experience required or.

  • Master's degree in engineering or business and 2 years of experience required or.

  • PhD in Engineering and 1 year of experience required.

  • Prior experience associated with electric utility operations, planning, or consulting.

  • Experience with power system planning and operations; transient stability, short circuit, and voltage analysis; NERC, FERC, and Regional requirements, policies and procedures; production costing; risk assessment techniques; TPL compliance; generator interconnection; or harmonics analysis.

  • Experience with electric transmission systems and transmission system planning processes.

  • Strong computer skills using industry software such as PSS/E, PSLF, EMTP/ATP, PSCAD, SKM, ETAP, and Promod.

  • Ability to execute various transmission system planning studies.

  • Knowledge of numerous power regions of the country and independent system operators such as: PJM, MISO, NEISO, SPP, CAISO, WECC, SERC, ERCOT, NYISO.

  • Knowledge of NERC and FERC standards.

  • Ability to provide evaluation, selection, adaptation, and modification of standard engineering techniques for electric transmission system planning procedures and criteria.

  • Knowledge in standard engineering, construction, and operation techniques, principles, and procedures associated with power transmission facilities.

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

  • Ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Proven ability to lead, educate, and train a team of consultants and analysts in regard to transmission planning studies.

  • Ability to independently solve difficult problems that require adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills.

  • Ability to perform under pressure and tight deadlines and to be effective in on-site work environments.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, including identification of critical path items to ensure deliverable deadlines are met.

  • Ability to focus on the big picture to effectively and efficiently provide services that meet client needs, while also having the ability to identify and analyze details that are critical to project outcomes.

  • Willingness to learn new service offerings as client needs and the market requires changes to the service offerings provided by our group

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT).

  • Ability to travel.

  • Professional Engineer (PE) License Preferred.

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


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-TX-Houston

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

About 1898 & Co. 1898 & Co. is a business, technology and security solutions consultancy where experience and foresight come together to unlock lasting advancements. We innovate today to fuel our clients’ future growth, catalyzing insights that drive smarter decisions, improve performance and maximize value. As part of Burns & McDonnell, we draw on more than 120 years of deep and broad experience in complex industries as we envision and enable the future for our clients.

Req ID: 241909

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-VR #E98 N/A