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Burns & McDonnell Structural Engineering Intern in Chicago, Illinois

Description

Our Structural Engineering Interns are responsible for performing tasks requiring the application of standard structural engineering techniques and procedures.This includes standard design of civil/structural project work, assisting lead engineers with various project duties, and other duties as assigned.

Opportunities for our Structural Engineering interns exist in multiple locations and market segments. Our offices are nationwide but industry work may vary by location. Market segments include Aviation & Federal, Energy, Global Facilities, Oil, Gas, & Chemicals, Transportation, Transmission & Distribution and Water groups.Please see below for information on each market:

Aviation & Federal:

Project work includes site development of a wide range of military facilities and/or design of airfield infrastructure type projects including runways, taxiways, and aprons for military, commercial or municipal clients. Some specific tasks of a structural engineer include but are not limited to:

  • Designing one of a kind aircraft terminal structures

  • Designing aircraft maintenance facilities utilizing long spans up to 600 feet

  • Designing federal aviation facilities for the maintenance, repair and operation of state-of-the-art military aircraft

  • Designing federal buildings for R & D of the next generation of weaponry and cyber security

Energy:

Design, procurement, and construction of structural related components of power-generating facilities. Design work will include both the construction of the new generation facilities and improvements and/or expansion of existing facilities. Some specific tasks of a structural engineer include but are not limited to:

  • Building, utility rack, and equipment support structure design for electric generating facilities

  • Foundation analysis & design for equipment, buildings, and other structures

Global Facilities:

Project work includes design on sites and facilities in the industries of manufacturing, oil & gas transportation, on-site energy generation, healthcare, research, and commercial and institutional facilities. Example projects include jet aircraft testing and production facilities, fuel truck terminals, central utility plants, hospitals and research labs, university facilities, and commercial buildings. Some specific tasks for a structural engineer in Global Facilities include:

  • Perform detailed structural analysis, design, and calculations for a variety of structural systems and materials, including but not limited to: steel, concrete, masonry, cold-formed steel, foundations, framing, connections, and bracing

  • Designing new industrial and manufacturing facilities, equipment foundations and utility supports, modifications/renovations to existing buildings, below-grade and above-grade structures, structural support for complex processes/systems/equipment

  • Provide construction support by answering construction questions, reviewing contractor submittals, and performing field site visits

Oil, Gas, & Chemicals:

Perform analysis and design of structures for new oil refinery and petrochemical facilities; chemical, biofuel and industrial facilities. Structures include foundation systems and steel structures for: distillation towers, heaters, compressors, pumps, and fans, and building structures; unloading and storage facilities; cooling towers; and underground structures, pipe racks, mechanical and electrical equipment platform structures. Some specific tasks for a structural engineer in the group include:

  • Design of various types of foundations to support equipment, pipe racks, process structures and cable tray/piping supports

  • Design of structural steel framing members for pipe racks, process structures and supports

  • Design modules for lifting and transportation

  • Check adequacy of existing structures and foundations for new loads. Design retrofits, as required.

Transmission & Distribution:

Project work includes design of electrical substations; both overhead and underground high-voltage transmission lines. The market is continuing to evolve due to technology advancements and policy changes. Projects partner with utilities to design, plan, and improve the modern electric grid. Structural tasks within the group include:

  • Designing slab and deep foundations for substation equipment to support line structures

  • Large mat foundation design for electrical transformers, such as spread footings, mat foundations, strip footings, drilled piers, and steel piles

  • Foundation design incorporating oil containment

  • Design and analyze structures to support rigid bus inside electrical substations

  • Analyze rigid bus systems to assess the structural capacity of insulators and stress and deflection in the aluminum bus

  • Assisting int the construction executing including development of civil construction specifications, cost estimate preparation, and survey coordination

Transportation:

Project work includes highway design, municipal roadway design, traffic engineering, transportation planning, intelligent transportation systems, and rail engineering. Structural engineering tasks within the group include:

  • Designing structural features within transportation including bridges, retaining walls, etc.

  • Begin developing skills in software such as AutoCAD, MicroStation, BGS, PGSuper, and Rise

  • Utilize structural codes such as ASCE, AASHTO, ACI, etc.

Water:

Projects include stormwater design and water and wastewater treatment design. Stormwater work includes stormwater management, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, stormwater design, water resources, civil works and flood control, and ecosystem restoration. Water and Wastewater work includes the design of facilities for water and wastewater collection, distribution, and treatment.

Qualifications

  • Pursuit of Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a Structural emphasis or Structural Engineering from an accredited program.

  • Must be currently enrolled in good standing. Minimum of a 3.0 GPA strongly preferred.

  • Prior internship and/or related consulting experience preferred.

  • Actively involved in campus, community or other volunteer activities or organizations.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Basic knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office programs, including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Demonstrated leadership skills.

  • Self-motivated and eager learner, aptitude to grow and develop within the field.

  • Candidates must be legally authorized to work, without restrictions or without need for work sponsorship, in the country where this position is located, for the duration of the internship.

EEO/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Job Engineering Intern

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Other Locations US-IL-Downers Grove, US-CO-Denver, US-GA-Atlanta, US-SC-Greenville, US-MO-Saint Louis, US-AZ-Phoenix, US-NJ-Morristown, US-TX-Fort Worth, US-TX-Houston, US-VA-Roanoke, US-CT-Wallingford, US-CA-Brea, US-CA-San Diego, US-VA-Norfolk, US-IL-Chicago, US-TX-Dallas, US-MN-Minneapolis/St Paul

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a better place every day. When we take on some of the world’s toughest challenges, we’re putting the industry’s best thinking to work, striving to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. Our staff of more than 7,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and business professionals is constantly growing.

We have offices and projects across the U.S. and around the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture, powered by 100% employee ownership, plays a major role in getting us there. Each employee brings a high level of commitment to every project. Clients have shown their appreciation of this dedication, rewarding us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. That’s pretty cool for a firm that started as a small engineering consulting shop back in 1898.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with hundreds of service specialties, your career and development options are endless.

Are you ready to create amazing?

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 191878

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