Burns & McDonnell Assistant Fiber Designer in Vancouver, Washington


Burns & McDonnell’s office in Vancouver, WA, is looking for an Assistant Fiber Designer to support various types of fiber network deployments in their Networks, Integration & Automation department. 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 provides the opportunity to exercise your entrepreneurial spirit, challenge and grow yourself professionally within one of the industry’s leading firms. Be on the cutting edge of new technologies and help mold the next generation of networking and fiber communications.

The Assistant Fiber Designer will work on an integrated design team within our Transmission and Distribution (T&D) division to perform the following duties:

  • Design of various types of fiber networks such as Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Inside Plant (ISP) and Outside Plant (OSP). Follow all company, client and project design and drafting standards.

  • Assist with a full range of drawing production work including problem analysis, fiber network topology layout, fiber splice plans, cable duct and routing, and calculations on non-routine assignments of substantial variety and complexity.

  • Assist with a variety of assignments using prescribed methods and standard techniques including drawing sequence and presentation, sizing various system components and cables, and refining rough sketches.

  • Assist with initial rough designs or sketches and redlines or mark-ups on ongoing projects.

  • Assist with analyzing reports, drawings, and calculations; create and maintain BOM, fiber splice/pull box design and cable schedules.

  • Work closely with engineering project teams and field personnel to complete and review projects within scope, budget and schedule. Perform project tasks and assignments within budgeted hours and deadlines.

  • Incorporate schedules, budgets and project criteria into physical design and layouts.

  • Organize and maintain all revisions of project drawings, plot files and project-related information in a logical and well-structured manner.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Associate's degree in drafting and design and five years related fiber experience or a bachelor's degree in drafting technology or related field and three years of related experience.

  • Strong understanding of design software such as: AutoCAD, ArcGIS, and Excel to develop the design deliverables. Ability to learn and effectively utilize new design software programs.

  • Ability to utilize both 2D and 3D applications to prepare engineering drawings. Strong preference for experience in Autodesk Revit, Bentley Substation, and/or AutoCAD Electrical.

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Working knowledge in various fiber product types and uses, conduit routing, aerial and buried fiber routing, and fiber components and equipment.

  • Established fiber product and vendor knowledge preferred.

  • Ability to multitask in a fast pace, deadline driven work environment.


Job Computer Aided Drafting & Design

Primary Location US-WA-Vancouver

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: 181189