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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Corrosion Engineer - T&D (Chicago) in Chicago, Illinois


The Assistant Corrosion Engineer will work under the supervision of a licensed corrosion specialist to assist project teams to create world class designs for new projects, alterations, and redevelopments on a variety of projects. The Assistant Corrosion Engineer will work with the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting plans according to budget constraints, design factors and client needs.

  • Responsible for performing basic to intermediate corrosion engineering and cathodic protection design on a variety of engineering tasks with moderate to limited supervision.

  • Operate as a member of a team on multiple small to large sized projects with a basic to intermediate level of technical difficulty.

  • Assists in developing technical drawing details including site plans, typical details, bill of materials, equipment schedules, and other drawing related tasks.

  • Assists in developing studies, plans, criteria, specifications, calculations, evaluations, design documents, performance assessments, integrated systems analysis, cost estimates, budgets, associated with the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of cathodic protection and AC mitigation facilities/systems.

  • Applies technical standards and procedures in compliance with federal code and client specifications consistent with the task performed

  • Applies company quality control process to all work and projects assigned.

  • Maintains a collaborative spirit in working with other teams and global practices within the company

  • Reviews and edits engineering reports; consults field staff regarding revisions in analysis or modifications of system designs as appropriate. Reviews charts, tables, calculations, and related data gathered.

  • Performs economic evaluations of alternative methods of cathodic protection and corrosion control. Assist in cost estimation and detailed proposal development

  • Assists in interfacing with clients and communicates in a professional manner.

  • Seeks to understand client interests and drivers through normal client contact and through interaction and communication with project leadership

  • Applies understanding of client interests and drivers to their own behavior and performance of the work under his/her responsibility

  • Prepares CP designs, specifying anode type, quantity, and location; rectifier location, test station locations and other design features on prepared drawings

  • Applies problem solving approaches and engineering theory to all project work and problems encountered specifically in the area of corrosion. Knowledge of engineering designs, principles and practices.

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

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program.

  • 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 corrosion 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. Including the ability to work with complex spreadsheets, databases and presentation software. Must have the ability to learn new applications quickly.

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

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Must have the ability to read, analyze, and interpret business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; draft reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; effectively present information to individuals or groups (management, clients, customers, general public) and respond to questions.

  • Must have the ability to perform arithmetic calculations and apply basic statistical, algebraic and geometric concepts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, volumes, etc.

  • Must have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where limited standardization exists and interpret various instructions in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

  • Perform tests required to determine condition of soil, water, underground or submerged structures. Recognizing and responding to abnormal measurements or conditions

  • 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 Piping Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: 230111