Burns & McDonnell Field Survey Technician in Chicago, Illinois


Burns & McDonnell’s office in downtown Chicago (working from our Downers Grove office may also be a possibility) is looking for a Field Survey Technician to perform field activities such as site investigations, inspections, surveys, and assessments for transportation-related projects in a variety of locations. 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 will work in our Transportation Global Practice and provide guidance and direction by utilizing knowledge of standards, systems, document control, departmental guides, applicable codes and Burns & McDonnell policies and procedures.

  • Assist with site investigations, inspections and assessments with in the project parameters.

  • Reviews project requirements and accurately determines the correct format and contents of the required deliverable.

  • Assist engineers in various technical aspects of conducting surveys and condition assessments.

  • Collect field data utilizing various types of monitoring and testing equipment for the site-specific assessments.

  • Create field reports and documentation of monitoring and testing results.

  • Compile technical data to be presented to Project Managers and senior staff to be used in providing design, rehabilitation or replacement recommendations.

  • Produce accurate and complete documentation of field data for use in engineering projects.

  • Solve technical problems related to the project parameters.

  • Verify installation, troubleshooting, testing, repair and maintenance of site monitoring and testing equipment.

  • Interface with client as needed.

  • Ensure compliance with company and site safety policies.

  • Ability to travel on a regular basis

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent. Associates degree in science or related field desirable. Minimum 5-years of applicable experience.

  • Preferred candidate should possess a general understanding of site investigations, inspections and assessments with basic knowledge of engineering design, construction, and inspection.

  • Previous construction or consulting experience preferred.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment working with, and supporting, project managers, directors, engineers, technicians, and site workers within the project.

  • Ability to work and maintain positive relationships with various governmental agencies, clients, contractors, residents, suppliers, technical experts, and consultants.

  • Strong analytical, problem solving and troubleshooting skills.

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to read and understand engineering maps.

  • Valid driver’s license required

  • Must have knowledge of survey equipment and procedures (i.e. Total Station, GPS, Automatic Level, Topographical Surveys, Level Runs, etc.)

  • Must have basic computer software knowledge (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point).


Job Engineering Technicians

Primary Location US-IL-Chicago

Other Locations US-IL-Downers Grove

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

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

Req ID: 190030