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Burns & McDonnell Staff Mechanical Designer in Kansas City, Missouri


Burns & McDonnell’s world headquarters in Kansas City, MO, is looking for a Staff Mechanical Designer to prepare 2D and 3D drawings supporting Terminals & Pipelines projects. 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 with significant project variety at a successful, growing company. The chosen candidate will work under the guidance of experienced mechanical engineers and designers to complete projects in refined product terminals and hydrocarbon process industry.

The Staff Mechanical Designer will work on an integrated design team within our Oil, Gas & Chemical Global Practice to perform the following duties:

  • Plan and prepare detailed drawings for the mechanical design on pipeline terminals and truck, ship, and rail loading facilities.

  • Use 3D CAD and other software, including Plant 3D, Navisworks, AutoCad, Microstation V8i, Xcel, Bluebeam and Adobe Acrobat.

  • Use 3D software to model piping, fittings and equipment.

  • Plan and prepare non-routine drawings with complex features using information from rough sketches, detailed engineering notes or brief verbal guidance.

  • Develop detailed layouts and details using acquired knowledge of fundamental concepts and practices pertaining to the mechanical discipline.

  • Responsible for the set-up of mechanical-specific drawings at project start-up.

  • Successfully apply company, client, and project drafting standards and procedures.

  • Demonstrate ability to apply formulas, principles, and practices to complete required drawings.

  • Provide a range of drawing production work including problem analysis, layout, detailing, drafting, and calculations on project of substantial variety and complexity.

  • Understand and work to project deadlines and budgets.

  • Coordinate drafting activities with other designers, drafters, and design disciplines.

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

  • Work both independently and in a team environment as the project requires.

  • Execute design changes and project drawing revisions.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Drafting technology or similar and 8 years’ applicable drafting experience or CAD-related Associates degree and 10 year’s applicable drafting experience.

  • Advanced knowledge in the design, calculations, design systems, theory and practices of the mechanical discipline.

  • Must be proficient in at least one 3D design software package, and able to work in multiple software packages when necessary, with a strong preference for Plant 3D. CADWorx, PDS, or SmartPlant experience can be helpful.

  • Related consulting experience preferred.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills Demonstrated ability to work an effective team member.

  • Routinely uses higher-level commands, timesaving programs and routines.


Job Computer Aided Drafting & Design

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 5 % 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: 190790



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