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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Civil Engineer - Water Construction Management, Field (Chicago/Downer's Grove) in Downers Grove, Illinois


It takes many skills to work on design-build and design-bid-build projects in the engineering and construction industry, from forming and maintaining excellent relationships with clients and partners to successfully delivering projects, staying in step with current and future regulations, and actively seeking out the next project. We are looking for field engineers to join our leading-edge team, winning the highest-profile stormwater, wastewater and drinking water projects in northeast Illinois. Burns & McDonnell’s Chicago Regional office is looking for an Assistant Civil Engineer to support its growing presence in the Great Lakes water market. This is a position with the opportunity to travel across the Chicago region to projects during the construction phase. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm that has regularly ranked on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best Companies to Work For, voted as a Best Place to Work in Illinois and has more than 60 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), and stormwater (collection, conveyance, detention, and green infrastructure).

The Assistant Civil Engineer will work under the supervision of a licensed professional engineer to assist in field activities such as site investigations, inspections, and assessments for Burns & McDonnell projects in a variety of locations. Tasks that the Assistant Civil Engineer will assist with include but are not limited to:

  • Creating field reports and documentation of daily work performed on project sites.

  • Producing accurate quantity data for use in generation of contractor pay estimates and material certification.

  • Coordinating with designers as required for shop drawing reviews, requests for information and change orders.

  • § Maintain communication with Project Managers throughout the course of the project so they are informed of site progress.

  • § Maintain communication with Section Manager throughout the course of the project regarding project progress and issues.

  • § Solve technical problems related to the project parameters.

  • § Interface with client as needed.

  • § Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • § Have the ability to work productively in an office setting during down time on project sites.

  • § All other duties as assigned.


Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned company with a 125-year history in the water and wastewater market. With 60 offices, we are the largest engineering firm in Chicago, home to more than 600 employees.

Our Great Lakes Water team is a dynamic group of 70 people (and growing!) who focus on water and wastewater projects for municipal and industrial clients, spanning treatment, distribution collection and more. We are located throughout multiple cities across the Great Lakes region, including Chicago, Downers Grove, St. Louis, Columbus, Chattanooga, Shreveport and Detroit. Together, our offices staff engineering, environmental, and construction professionals who work side by side to Create Amazing successes for our clients. Skilled field engineers are in high demand in our industry and Burns & McDonnell works hard to attract and retain proven talent. Welcome to a firm that will recognize and reward your contributions to our success!

Burns & McDonnell will provide you with:

  • An employee-owned culture where everyone has a stake in our success. Being 100% employee-owned means, we are all driven to find remarkable solutions for our clients. Starting day one, you will have ownership in a firm that appears in ENR's Top 10 Industry Rankings for multiple categories, has a 90% repeat-business rate, and maintains 93% employee retention.

  • The resources to win complex, high-profile projects. With over a century of experience and 14,000 engineers, scientists, technologists and communications professionals, Burns & McDonnell is prepared to pursue the most complex projects in the AEC industry. We leverage a strong portfolio of projects and experience in all aspects of engineering planning, design, and construction.

  • An essential role in an integrated team. Your ideas and contributions are critical and directly impact business processes and strategy. You will be heard and work with colleagues equally vested in the team's success.

  • Career and professional development opportunities. Our engineers are seller-doers who continually build client relationships and nurture new focus areas as the market evolves, so we value and invest in their development. Burns & McDonnell provides training, established career paths, and a practice-wide network of professionals regularly collaborating to share knowledge and best practices. We share your commitment to continuous improvement and elevation of the engineering profession in our industry. We can't wait to meet you and help you build your story here!


  • Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program. Required or

  • Bachelor Degree in Civil or related Engineering Technology from an ABET accredited program and successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Required

  • Prior internship and/or related consulting experience Preferred

  • 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.

  • Engineers in Training-EIT Certification Preferred

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.

  • Involvement on campus or in the community preferred.

  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work permanently (i.e., without time limitations, without restrictions or without need for work sponsorship) in the country where this position is located.

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Civil Engineering

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations United States, US-IL-Downers Grove

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 242006

Job Hire Type New Grad #LI-CO #WTR