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Burns & McDonnell Planning Engineer - Municipal Water / Systems (Multiple Locations) in Chicago, Illinois


The Planning Engineer will partner with engineering, field and administrative staff on a wide variety of water distribution, wastewater collection and stormwater planning projects. This position will work on various projects with a diverse portfolio of project types and clients.

Key competencies in this role include:

  • Develop and conduct hydraulic modeling activities for complex wastewater collection systems, water distribution systems, and stormwater conveyance systems using state-of-the-art software.

  • Develop flow and rainfall monitoring plans; analyze flow and rainfall data.

  • Coordinate and assess a variety of field investigations and field surveys.

  • Responsible for the verification and preparation of maps, illustrations, databases, and other various data sources relating to water resource systems using today's analytical software and visualization tools.

  • Assist with water distribution, wastewater collection and storm sewer system capital planning and project needs assessments.

  • Develop geographic information system (GIS) and global positioning system (GPS) maps and mobile applications to collect data.

  • Review, interact and support various assignments requiring use of asset management and other computer maintenance and management system (CMMS) software.

  • Maintain detailed and accurate project records.

  • Maintain task/project budgets and schedules.

  • Prepare technical memorandums and participate in internal and external technical presentations and proposals.

  • Support development of technical reports and make appropriate recommendations based on completed analyses.

  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


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

  • Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering may be substituted for 1-year experience.

  • 3 years (5 years preferred) of civil engineering experience, consulting preferred.

  • Successful completion (i.e.passing) FE or EIT preferred.

  • Strong interest in planning related to water, wastewater and stormwater systems preferred

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • High level of attention to detail with ability to self-QC work.

  • Proficiency in database management and data analytics using today's innovative technologies.

  • Experience in the following software packages is preferred: InfoSewer, InfoSWMM, Sewer-GEMS, XP-SWMM, InfoWorks ICM, WaterCAD, SWMM 5, WaterGEMS, InfoWater, and EPANet.

  • Experience in hydraulic modeling required.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, SharePoint).

  • Proficient in ArcGIS/ArcGIS Pro preferred.


Job Civil Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-MO-Saint Louis, US-OH-Columbus

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: No

Req ID: 212692