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Burns & McDonnell Staff GIS Specialist - Pipelines (Kansas City) in Kansas City, Missouri


Our Transmission & Distribution global practice is looking for a Geographical Information System (GIS) Specialist in our Kansas City office to serve as a technical lead for GIS system architecture, development, deployment, and support. The GIS Specialist will be responsible for the design and technical oversight of off/on premise and web-based deployments of ESRI ArcGIS Pro. Major responsibilities for the GIS Specialist will include:

  • Design/Setup/Configure ESRI ArcGIS (Map & Pro) environments for both internal and external clients. Architecture deployments will include on premise, off premise, and web-based deployments.

  • Typical GIS tasks may include:

  • Administration of SQL database. User rights and privileges.

  • Creation/management of GIS features, domains, attributes, and symbology.

  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues with GIS deployments and user experiences.

  • Exploring and creating innovative ways GIS can be implemented for different client needs/use cases.

  • Assist project a variety of project teams and effectively communicate lessons learned and potential improvements.

  • Execute complex assignments requiring the use of advanced tools and techniques, resulting in the development of new or improved processes, equipment and/or technological methods.

  • Identify, communicate and resolve issues on projects as needed.

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

  • Work with the project manager to establish project schedule and lead the engineering team to meet deadlines.

  • Work closely with the project team to ensure deliverables and services are being provided to client’s satisfaction and that projects are following internal QA/QC guidelines.

  • Perform design quality reviews.

  • Regularly meet and correspond with clients or outside personnel to develop relationships with key client points of contact.

  • Prepare proposals and assist in presentations.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least a two-year degree in Engineering/Geology/Drafting or related fields.

  • Must have a minimum of 2 years of work experience on GIS software.

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Must be capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices to broad areas of assignments.

  • Must work well is a team environment leveraging a variety of different skillsets effectively.

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Geology/Drafting or related degrees from an accredited program.

  • Strong aptitude/experience with software configuration and implementation.

  • Experience or fundamental understanding of database design (SQL/Access), ETL (extract/transform/load), data storage, and data manipulation preferred.

  • Experience with python or other programming languages.

  • Experience with hierarchy/layer-based software (OSI PI, Archestra, 3DSMax, Photoshop, etc)

  • Experience with 2D/3D drafting software (CAD, 3ds Max, Inventor, etc)


Job Geographic Information Systems

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 221637