Burns & McDonnell is Expanding the Size of its Specialized Engineering Team at its Office in Maine
Burns & McDonnell is Expanding the Size of its Specialized Engineering Team at its Office in Maine
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Burns & McDonnell is Expanding the Size of its Specialized Engineering Team at its Office in Maine
06/10/2015 2 minute read

In 2008, Burns & McDonnell partnered with Central Maine Power to work on what has become the largest construction project in the state's history. To deepen its commitment, the firm opened a new office in Portland in 2013. Now, to fill the region's demand for experience in the electrical transmission and distribution market, the team is growing.

PORTLAND, Maine —  In 2008, Burns & McDonnell partnered with Central Maine Power to work on what has become the largest construction project in the state's history — the Maine Power Reliability Program. To deepen its commitment to the project, the firm opened a new office in Portland in 2013 that has a team of nearly 70 that supports it. Now, to fill the Northeast region's demand for experience in the electrical transmission and distribution market, Burns & McDonnell has plans to grow this team even larger.

"Within our diverse team, we now have about a dozen engineers who specialize in transmission and distribution work," said Wayne Keller, project manager at Burns & McDonnell, ranked by Engineering News-Record as the No. 1 transmission and distribution firm in the world. "Our business model is to go where our clients are and grow to support their needs. I wouldn't be surprised to see this team at twice its size by this time next year."

Keller says the talent base in the region is exceptional, so the company has been able to hire many engineers who already call the area home. Burns & McDonnell, a 100 percent employee-owned company, recently welcomed five new engineers to the Portland office:

Katy Baragar

Katy Baragar is a staff civil engineer for the Transmission & Distribution group. She is originally from Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Katy previously worked for one of the country's premier design consulting firms.

Mike Healey

Mike Healey has joined the team as an assistant electrical engineer in the Transmission & Distribution group. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in physics and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. Mike is a native of Maine and previously worked at a large utility company in the Northeast.

Thomas (TJ) Martin

Thomas (TJ) Martin joined Burns & McDonnell as a senior electrical engineer in the Transmission & Distribution group. He graduated from the University of Maine-Orono with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering technology. TJ is a native of Maine and previously worked for an engineering firm specializing in system protection.

Joel Plunkett

Joel Plunkett has joined the team as an assistant electrical engineer. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with a focus on power. Joel is a native of Maine and previously worked for one of the largest utility companies in the country.

Nancy Johnson-Smith

Nancy Johnson-Smith joined the Burns & McDonnell team as an assistant electrical detailer. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and fine arts. Nancy previously worked for a variety of engineering and mapping companies throughout the country.

About Burns & McDonnell
Burns & McDonnell is a company made up of more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned and is proud to be No. 15 on FORTUNE's 2015 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit burnsmcd.com.

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