Burns & McDonnell Assistant Structural Detailer/Designer in Kansas City, Missouri


Burns & McDonnell’s world headquarters in Kansas City, MO, is looking for an Assistant Structural Detailer/Designer to prepare drawings for transmission access roads, telecom sites and substation 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. These projects encompass substation design, GIS facilities, battery storage facilities, communication sites, charging stations, and electric utility projects.

The Assistant Structural Detailer/Designer will work on an integrated design team within our Transmission & Distribution Global Practice to perform the following duties:

  • Assist in planning and preparing detailed drawings for substation layout and development, to include foundation plans and details, substation structures, steel fabrication drawings, GIS buildings, control house designs, firewalls, oil containment and other structural-related components.

  • Use 3D CAD and other software, including Autodesk AutoCAD, Microstation V8i, Tekla, Revit, Bluebeam, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Office 2016.

  • Use 3D software to assist in modeling structures, foundations, electrical equipment, managing styles and template development.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of CAD standards and best practices.

  • Learn and 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.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of assigned and related disciplines.

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

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

  • Execute design changes and project drawing revisions.

  • Maintain CAD proficiency and work toward mastering current CAD systems.

  • May perform field inspections

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in drafting technology with minimum of 3 years related experience or Associates degree with minimum of 4 years related experience or specialized CAD certification or high school diploma with minimum 5 years of related experience.

  • Proficiency in at least one 3D design software package. AutoCAD or Microstation experience is preferred.

  • Coursework and/or experience in civil infrastructure system design is preferred.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to independently complete required drawings.

  • Previous internship or related consulting experience is preferred.


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: 180599