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Burns & McDonnell Senior Civil Engineer - Aviation & Federal (Hawaii) in Hilo, Hawaii


Burns & McDonnell Hawaii is looking for a Senior Civil Engineer to work within our Aviation & Federal Global Practice to lead civil engineering design projects for a variety of project types, including airfield, infrastructure, and facility projects for clients in the commercial aviation, federal government, military, and industrial business sectors. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm ranked on FORTUNE’s List of 100 Best companies to Work For and proud to be among the 2023 Best Workplaces in Hawaii, small companies category, as designated by The Pacific Business News.

This position offers challenging work on a significant variety of projects, including airfield pavements and geometric layout and facilities and infrastructure at airports and federal sites, and requires a broad understanding of all civil engineering design and construction principles. This position is responsible for providing a full range of civil engineering design and production work including problem analysis, design layout, calculations, specifications writing, and report writing on projects of substantial variety and complexity. Project design tasks will include master planning, site layout and development, airfield layout and development, utilities, drainage, and grading,

Our team is routinely responsible for performing the following:

  • Design site infrastructure for these facilities, including road geometry, parking lot layout, utility layout, grading, and drainage design, and stormwater management facilities.

  • Design airfield infrastructure for regional and international airport clients, including runways, taxiways, parking aprons, alert shelters, engine runup areas, which would include detailed pavement design, geometric layout, grading, drainage, and stormwater management.

  • Design fuel storage and hydrant system facilities at airports and military facilities.

  • Design ramp support facilities at airports including aircraft parking, maneuvering, jet bridge analysis, and ground support equipment servicing/parking.

  • Develop master plans for state-of-the-art facilities for commercial aviation and federal government clients. These facilities include aircraft maintenance hangars, engine maintenance facilities, munitions storage, and munitions assembly, personnel training facilities, flight simulator facilities, classrooms, and administration buildings.

The Senior Civil Engineer will work on an integrated design team within our Aviation & Federal Global Practice to perform the following duties:

  • Preparation of detailed drawings and specifications for all civil engineering portions of projects.

  • Site master planning, including site geometry, facility layout and orientation, vehicular access and parking, and pedestrian access.

  • Site development including grading design and earthwork calculations.

  • Site geometry and pavement design, including airfield and site pavements.

  • Utility system design for all utilities servicing the project, including utility routing, profiles, specifications, and coordination with other design disciplines.

  • Stormwater management design, including hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, stormwater conveyance design, flood control, and stormwater quantity and quality control.

  • Assist in the development of permitting documents and coordination with permitting agencies.

  • Assist in the construction administration process, including coordination with field personnel to resolve design related installation issues, the review of contractor shop drawings and calculations, field inspections, and testing of systems.

  • Assist in the preparation and evaluation of project budgets and cost estimates.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and instruction to less experienced staff members.

  • Exercise independent design decisions and apply formulas, principles, and practices to complete designs.

  • Coordinate design activities with other design disciplines.

  • Successfully communicate and correspond with internal design resources and external clients and personnel.

  • May perform project or design management duties.

  • May perform field inspections.

  • May perform business development duties.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program and 7 years of civil engineering experience. EPC project experience preferred.

  • Bachelor Degree in Civil or related Engineering Technology from an ABET accredited program and successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and 7 years civil engineering experience.

  • EPC project experience preferred.

  • Master Degree in Civil Engineering and 6 years civil engineering experience. EPC project experience preferred.

  • Minimum 7 years related experience. Completion of master's degree in related field may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • Professional Engineering license preferred.

  • Previous related consulting experience is preferred.

  • Experience in essential computer programs including Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat, Bluebeam, and Photoshop is preferred.

  • Experience in the use of 3D software to model civil engineering design, including but not limited to Autodesk Civil 3D and AutoCAD, Bentley MicroStation and Inroads, and SiteOps is preferred.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Team player concerned with the success and well-being of those around them.


Our extensive benefits package takes care of you so that you can focus on doing great work. From insurance and disability to time off and wellness programs, we provide the tools to meet your needs. As part of being 100% employee-owned, eligible employees participate in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in addition to our 401(k) retirement program. For more information, please visit the Benefits & Wellness page.

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


Job Civil Engineering

Primary Location US-HI-Honolulu

Other Locations US-HI-Hilo Field

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 241430

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-VR #A&F