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Burns & McDonnell Senior Civil Engineer - Aviation & Federal (Minneapolis) in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota


Burns & McDonnell’s Minneapolis office is looking for a Senior Civil Engineer to work within our Aviation & Federal Global Practice and 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 voted as a Best Place to Work in numerous cities across the United States.

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:

  • 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.

  • 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 piping 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.

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.

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

  • Demonstrate ability to exercise independent design decisions and apply formulas, principles, and practices to complete designs.

  • Demonstrate moderate to high level of knowledge of assigned and related disciplines.

  • 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's degree in Civil Engineering from accredited program.

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

  • Completion of PE exam preferred.

  • Previous related consulting experience is preferred.

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


Job Civil Engineering

Primary Location US-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Req ID: 224857 Job Hire Type Experienced