Burns & McDonnell Lead Water/Wastewater Designer in Kansas City, Missouri


Burns & McDonnell’s world headquarters in Kansas City, MO, is looking for a Lead Water/Wastewater Designer to perform 3D mechanical and process design for a variety of municipal water clients. 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.

Not only will you bring your advanced design expertise to a growing group at an industry-leading company, but you’ll also have the opportunity to guide and refine the department’s design processes and tools, while mentoring its less-experienced designers and drafters. This is truly an opportunity to put your stamp on how a design group performs its work.

The Lead Water/Wastewater Designer will work on an integrated design team within our Water division (Global Practice) to perform the following duties:

  • Design mechanical, treatment process and some civil elements in 3D for a variety of municipal water/wastewater projects. This includes treatment facilities and equipment, plumbing, piping, wells, pumping stations and site elements.

  • Develop and revise departmental design processes and CAD standards.

  • Teach and mentor less-experienced designers and drafters

  • Follow all company, client and project design and drafting standards.

  • Apply basic formulas and compute necessary calculations regarding layout designs

  • Execute design changes and project drawing revisions

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in drafting technology or related field and ten years related experience or associate's degree and twelve years related experience or thirteen years progressive detailing and design experience.

  • Advanced understanding of design software such as: AutoCAD and MicroStation to develop the design deliverables. Ability to learn and effectively utilize new design software programs.

  • Advanced ability to utilize both 2D and 3D applications to prepare engineering drawings.

  • Advanced knowledge in design, calculations and design systems.

  • Advanced ability to coordinate engineering drawings with engineering specifications.

  • Advanced knowledge in the theory and practices of assigned discipline; competent in the fundamental concepts of other disciplines as they relate to the assigned discipline; and capable of operating related discipline design software necessary to execute production tasks.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with others including, but not limited to Project Managers, Engineers and Designers in a multi-discipline project team environment to resolve design or drawing issues as appropriate and to accomplish objectives.

  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and attention to detail.

  • Strong and positive leadership skills to manage teams in high-pressure situations to successful outcomes.


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: 181356