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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Geotechnical Engineer (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri


The Assistant Geotechnical 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 power, process, corporate, healthcare, pipeline, airports, institutional, industrial, manufacturing, government and military facilities. The Assistant Geotechnical Engineer will work with the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting geotechnical plans according to budget constraints, design factors or client needs. Field assignment time will be dependent upon project requirements.

  • Assists in the geotechnical design of projects from the conceptual phase through design completion. Assists in geotechnical hazard assessments, slope stability analyses, calculations and design of mitigation alternatives.

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

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

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

  • Assists with subsurface investigations in support of geotechnical design and evaluation efforts, including test boring inspection, installing and monitoring instrumentation.

  • Assists with research and compiles project related data as required by the project managers. Assists with compiling geotechnical data, boring logs and subsurface profiles.

  • Assists with field reconnaissance and geological research to evaluate site-specific geologic and hydrogeologic conditions and risks. Assists with planning subsurface explorations and laboratory testing programs.

  • Assists with client presentations and contract administration for the design of power, process, pipeline, industrial, healthcare, airports, educational institutions, commercial, and governmental and military facilities.

  • Assists in geotechnical-related construction observation during the construction phase of projects

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from a ABET accredited program required.

  • Masters degree in Geotechnical Engineering from ABET accredited program strongly preferred.

  • 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 geotechnical 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 include geotechnical analysis programs (e.g., Ensoft LPILE, slope stability (GeoStudio or UTEXAS4), and CPT software).

  • 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.

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


Job Geotechnical Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Req ID: 232405

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