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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Structural Engineer - Energy (Phoenix) in Phoenix, Arizona


The Assistant Structural 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 Structural Engineer will work with the project team throughout the design and construction process, adapting structural plans according to budget constraints, design factors or client needs.

This position offers challenging and rewarding work, with significant project variety, at a successful, growing office. The projects encompass power generation, renewables and other industry-type facilities involving various types and sizes of equipment as well as piping and electrical components. The Assistant/Staff Engineer will use state of the art software in an integrated design team who are all working for a common goal to make our clients successful. This position will be responsible for assisting lead Structural Engineers with the following tasks:

  • Assist in planning and preparing structural calculations and detailed drawings for the design of various components of power, oil, gas, and chemical plants along with transmission and distribution substations and facilities. Designs include foundations for buildings, process equipment, pipe racks, process structures and other miscellaneous types of supports. In addition, design will include structural steel for pipe racks, process structures, and other miscellaneous types of supports.

  • Assist in performing design for modules supporting equipment and/or piping and cable tray which require analysis in varying stages, including lifting, transportation and final placement.

  • Perform design calculations to analyze existing structures to understand the structural adequacy for new loads imposed and may also involve the design of strengthening of these structures.

  • Assist in developing construction cost estimates to clients by way of performing preliminary design to facilitate development of material take offs that are used to build the project total installed cost.

  • Under general supervision, direct and coordinate the structural detailing and design staff for a project, incorporating schedules, budgets and project criteria into design and deliverables to meet project goals.

  • Accountable for completion of work.

  • Assist in maintaining 3D model accuracy through the duration of the project.

  • Consult with project staff or clients to obtain data and information relative to project criteria.

  • Execute projects while working in a team environment. Collaboration amongst numerous disciplines, office and project management is essential.

  • Experience with RISA 3D and associated design modules (i.e. RISA Foundation, RISA Connection) is not required but highly encouraged.

  • Use 3D software to coordinate between disciplines and communicate project progress to clients.

  • Learn and successfully apply company, client, industry and project standards and procedures.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of assigned and related disciplines.

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

  • May perform field observations

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program or Bachelor of Science in Structural or related Engineering Technology from an ABET accredited program and successful completion of Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

  • Master of Science degree in Engineering may be substituted for one year of experience.

  • 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 structural 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 structural analysis programs (e.g., RISA), AutoCAD and BIM (e.g., Revit and Tekla).

  • Strong attention to detail, facilitation, team building, collaboration, organization and problem solving skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • 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.


Job Structural Engineering

Primary Location US-AZ-Phoenix

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Req ID: 202007