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Burns & McDonnell Assistant/Staff Structural Engineer in Saint Louis, Missouri


The Burns & McDonnell St. Louis office in Chesterfield, MO is looking for an Assistant/Staff Structural Engineer to apply their technical knowledge to engineering, procurement, and construction projects of processing facilities throughout the refining, midstream and chemical market sectors. 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, including St. Louis.

This position offers challenging, yet rewarding work with significant project variety at a successful, growing office. These projects encompass 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. Make an impact on your career by joining our team!

  • Assist in planning and preparing structural calculations and detailed drawings for the design of various components of oil, gas and chemical plants. Designs include foundations for 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 inspections

    All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program and 1 years of applicable experience.

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

  • 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., 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-MO-Saint Louis

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 10 % 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: 192322



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