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Burns & McDonnell Assistant Civil Engineer - Water Systems (Chattanooga) in Chattanooga, Tennessee


Burns & McDonnell’s Chattanooga office is looking for an Assistant Civil Engineer to support its growing presence in the Midwest water market. This is a position with the opportunity to travel 50% or more of the time across the country. Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned firm that has been awarded as a Best Place to Work in Tennessee and numerous other locations across the United States.

This position provides the opportunity to grow professionally within one of the industry’s leading firms. Potential projects include drinking water (treatment, storage and distribution), wastewater (treatment, collection and conveyance), stormwater (collection, conveyance, detention, and green infrastructure).

The Assistant Civil Engineer will perform field activities such as site investigations, inspections, and assessments for Burns & McDonnell projects in a variety of locations. This position provides guidance and direction by utilizing knowledge of standards, specifications, construction plans, document control, applicable codes and Burns & McDonnell policies and procedures. Provide Resident Engineering and Inspection of construction projects to ensure contractors are building projects in accordance with project plans, specifications, and industry standards.

  • Create field reports and documentation of daily work performed on project sites.

  • Produce accurate quantity data for use in generation of contractor pay estimates and material certification.

  • Coordinate with designers as required for shop drawing reviews, requests for information and change orders.

  • Maintain communication with Project Managers throughout the course of the project so they are informed of site progress.

  • Maintain communication with Section Manager throughout the course of the project regarding project progress and issues.

  • Solve technical problems related to the project parameters.

  • Interface with client as needed.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Have the ability to work productively in an office setting during down time on project sites.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program.

  • Or Bachelor of Science in Civil 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 civil 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 (e.g. AutoCAD, MicroStation, BIM (Revit), Civil 3D, PLS, PLS-CADD, RISA-3D, MathCADD), and civil analysis programs.

  • 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.


Job Civil Engineering

Primary Location US-TN-Chattanooga

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Req ID: 212157