Electrical Engineering Consultants

Goals

To compile a list of the top 5 electrical engineering consultants. The consultant would be advising on a project that involves long distance data transmission (5+ miles) and therefore must have prior experience in one of the following areas: fiber optics design, high power transmission lines design, long distance data transfer cable design, or similar . Ideally, the cost to hire the consultant should be no higher than $120 per hour. Individuals near San Francisco should be prioritized, but this is not required. For each consultant, the following information should be provided:
  • Name.
  • Contact information.
  • Examples of past work.
  • Pricing.
  • Reviews.
*Consultants can be individuals or consulting firms.

Early Findings

Burns & McDonnell

  • This company has been in business since 1898 and provides electrical engineering consulting services.
  • They have a branch in San Francisco.
  • Their key areas of expertise include power transmission and distribution.
  • The company has extensive experience working with the telecom and power industries.
  • The company was highlighted in EC&M magazine (a leading online resource for the electrical design industry) as one of the top 40 electrical design firms in the United States.
  • This company has a contact form on their website.
  • This company worked on designing a fiber optics construction package for Portland General Electric.
  • This company does not have any pricing information publicly available for their electrical engineering consulting services.
  • This company has an A+ rating with the BBB has not received any consumer complaints.
  • Burns & McDonnell's Facebook page has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars out of nearly 150 reviews. Positive comments about this company include that the company focuses on safety, quality, giving back to the community, hospitable, state-of-the-art, and also seems to have a lot of employees who are enthusiastic about working for the company.

Results of Early Findings:

  • Initial research into this topic was able to identify one top electrical engineering consultancy.
  • Many of the top most players in this arena are consulting firms rather than specific individuals.
  • It has been noted that pricing information is often not available for consulting firms.
  • Per hour rates are more commonly available for freelance consultants, however, there is also much less publicly available information available about these individuals, such reviews from their clients, etc.

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