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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Civil Engineer - Water Systems (Chattanooga) in Chattanooga, Tennessee


Burns & McDonnell’s Chattanooga office is looking for an Assistant Civil Engineer to support its growing presence in the Midwest water market. This is a position with the opportunity to travel 50% or more of the time across the country. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm that has been awarded as a Best Place to Work in Tennessee and numerous other locations across the United States.

This position provides the opportunity to grow professionally within one of the industry’s leading firms. Potential projects include drinking water (treatment, storage and distribution), wastewater (treatment, collection and conveyance), stormwater (collection, conveyance, detention, and green infrastructure).

The Assistant Civil Engineer will work under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer to assist project teams to create world class designs for new projects, alterations and redevelopments on a variety of projects including drinking water, wastewater and stormwater facilities. The Assistant Civil Engineer will work with the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting civil plans according to budget constraints, design factors or client needs.

  • -Assists in the civil design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion.

  • Assists with modifying and reviewing production drawings for a variety of projects including, but not limited to: drinking water, wastewater and stormwater power plants, process facilities, industrial facilities, healthcare facilities, airports, educational institutions, commercial, and governmental and military facilities.

  • Assists in designing civil components for project needs and requirements that are set forth by the project managers.

  • Applies basic knowledge of commonly used civil engineering/design concepts, principles, practices, codes, and procedures within the civil engineering services industry.

  • Assists with research and compiles project related data as required by the project managers. Assists with compiling studies and reports.

  • Assists with correcting and updating drawings provided by senior engineers to verify corrections are made within multiple CAD related software.

  • Assists with client presentations, shop drawing review, and contract administration for the design of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater power, process, pipeline, industrial, healthcare, airports, educational institutions, commercial, and governmental and military facilities.

  • Assists in performing field inspections, measurements or calculations for public and private clients.

  • Assists in review of requests for information

  • Assists in review of pay applications

  • Assists in review of field change orders


  • 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 may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • Successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or Engineer-in-Training (EIT) strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.

  • Prior internship and/or related consulting experience preferred.

  • Involvement on campus or in the community.

  • Basic knowledge in standard civil engineering techniques, principles and procedures.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work methodically and analytically in a quantitative problem-solving environment and demonstrated critical thinking skills.

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

  • Basic computer skills (e.g. AutoCAD, MicroStation, BIM (Revit), Civil 3D, PLS, PLS-CADD, RISA-3D, MathCADD), and civil analysis programs.

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

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis without requiring future sponsorship for employment visa status.


Job Civil Engineering

Primary Location US-TN-Chattanooga

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 232652 Job Hire Type New Grad