Create an account to let us notify you of jobs like this one
Job Description


About Burns Burns is a nationally respected provider of specialized engineering services, bringing highly-technical, sought-after engineering expertise to complex transportation and critical infrastructure projects.Railroad & Transit TeamFor more than 50 years, we have helped the rail and transit industry implement proven, time-tested and fail-safe systems. Ranked a Top Workplace and ENR Top 500 Design Firm, we are fully invested in providing advanced, adaptable systems that maximize the benefits of evolving technologies. We partner with rail and transit owners, architects, and contractors to help clients deliver a safe, world-class passenger experience using our no-surprises Burns Unique Client Experience.We are currently seeking a Traction Power Engineer to join our strategic office in Washington, D.C.Position Summary:We are currently seeking a talented Traction Power Engineer who will be a key contributor to our goal of becoming the nation’s premier traction power team, providing our clients efficient designs and technical studies of AC & DC overhead systems. This individual will be expected to provide leadership and direction other team members. Career development into a leading Traction Power Engineer will be encouraged through participation in in industry associations and present technical papers trade shows and journals.Essential Duties/Responsibilities:The Traction Power Engineer will provide informal task and project management and supervision of CAD operators, designers, Junior and Associate engineers at the direction of the project manager. He/She will:

  • Ensure that company technical policies and procedures are practiced during the execution of projects for clients.
  • Will lead in developing design approaches and concepts on assigned projects and requests assistance from the senior technical staff when needed.
  • Performs specific engineering studies and design analyses and assists the project manager in establishing budgets, cost estimates and project schedules.
  • Reviews shop drawings, record changes and communicate directly with suppliers, contractors and client representatives as required.
  • Performs on-site inspections during construction and coordinates design requirements with contractors and equipment suppliers.
  • Make and/or supervise the scoping, implementation and design of plans.
  • Plan other consultation services. Maintain highest quality of design and review.
  • Assists Project Managers in the coordination of project designs with other disciplines including attendance at project meetings.
  • Assists in proposal writing and client presentations for future work.
  • Provides feedback to Project Managers in regards to technical staff performance for mid and end-of-year review periods.
  • Develop a specialized niche of company's marketing targets.
  • Maintain overall group schedule of project deliverable milestones, billing objectives and activity codes.
  • Actively participates in professional organizations and/or client groups where the technical reputation and image of the firm may be enhanced.
  • When directed by the President, Project Manager or Chief Engineer assume other duties.

Key Requirements:

  • At least 5 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience leading traction power design work.
  • Knowledge/ability to learn ACT (CRM), RQ Assessment, MS Outlook Contact Management systems; Access Database software; AUTOCAD or Microstation Design software; MS Project Management software; MS Excel Spreadsheet software and MS Word, MS PowerPoint Word Processing software.
  • Must be able to attend client site surveys and/or client meetings which would occur 50% of the time.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Ability to pass a drug screen as required by a client assignment.
  • Familiarity with specific design requirements related to AC and DC traction power systems.
  • Familiarity with associated rail road systems and interface issues is a definite benefit.

Education & Certifications:

  • Bachelor's (B.S.) Engineering degree
  • Professional Engineering License preferred.
  • May require valid driver's license as per assigned projects.

Why Join The Burns TeamRecently voted a Top Workplace by, we credit our strength as an organization to our talented, driven, vibrant team.  Burns is an ENR Top 500 Firm, and has been named an MEP Giant by Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine, as well as a Hot Firm by Zweig.  We are industry experts, proven leaders, innovative thinkers, and team players. We put our clients' successes and best interests first, because their success is our success. We have fun at work because we love making a difference in the world.  We are looking for high-energy, bright, collaborative individuals who want the opportunity to "write their own story" with us. Applying To BurnsAs a member of our team, you will enjoy a competitive compensation and benefits package. Interested, qualified candidates must apply on the Burns’ career site at to be considered for a specific opportunity.  Individuals needing assistance to apply for an open opportunity should contact the Human Resources Department at [email protected]  At Burns Engineering, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Burns believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success  Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)  

Related Jobs