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Job Description

What We Do

Burns Engineering, Inc. provides professional engineering design and project management services for transportation, facilities, and infrastructure projects. We help our clients attain their strategic goals and initiatives through successful large-scale infrastructure projects. Burns’ full-service capabilities include structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, and energy consulting engineering.

Facilities & Infrastructure Team

Burns’ Facilities & Infrastructure team offers a full range of engineering design services for institutional, industrial, and special purpose facilities and associated infrastructure construction. Our strong experience in facilities maintenance and management allows us to offer our clients customized, cost-effective solutions to help build resilient and sustainable infrastructure.

Burns is currently seeking a Structural Engineer - Forensics to join our Philadelphia, PA or California team.

Primary Responsibilities

The Structural Engineer - Forensics makes independent decisions on structural engineering challenges, overall project objectives, and critical issues. He or she continues to develop technical expertise in structural engineering and begins to specialize in niche technical areas. He or she must dispense knowledge to staff through mentoring or internal presentations. The Structural Engineer will spend the majority of their time using their technical expertise to produce projects on schedule, in budget, and with high technical quality and client satisfaction.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assess facilities projects for infrastructure clients.

Conducts forensic analysis for the assessment, restoration and renovation of existing structures.

Performs site inspections and condition assessments of existing structures and projects under construction.

Coordinates design work between various internal disciplines and external consultants.

Takes lead in developing project approaches and concepts on assigned projects and requests assistance from the other senior technical staff when needed.

Sets structural technical direction on projects, determines discipline work tasks and flow, and delegates design elements to engineers and designers as appropriate.

Ensures that company technical policies and procedures are practiced during the execution of projects for clients.

Reviews shop drawings and submittals, records changes, and communicates directly with client representatives and contractors and as required.

Performs on-site inspections during construction and coordinates design requirements with contractors and suppliers.

Maintains overall project schedule of deliverable milestones and structural engineering project budget.

Develops innovative technical solutions and engineering methods to enhance efficiency, quality, and production.

Performs specific engineering studies and design analyses and assists the Project Managers in establishing budgets, cost estimates, and project schedules.

Assists in proposal writing and client presentations for future work.

Is recognized by clients as a technical resource.

Actively participates in professional organizations and/or client groups where the technical reputation and image of the firm may be enhanced.

Mentors junior staff.

Minimum Requirements

Specific forensic experience related to fire and flood-damaged structures.

Current 40 hour OSHA HAZWOPER Certification

Professionally Licensed Engineer with a Bachelor's degree in Structural Engineering, Architectural Engineering, or Civil Engineering required. Master’s degree a plus.

Must have or be able to get NCEES records to be licensed in multiple states.

At least 5 years of related and progressive experience in structural restoration for infrastructure clients.

Candidate must have excellent communication skills, the ability to work in a team environment with other Burns disciplines as well as clients and subconsultants, and the ability to lead the structural portion of projects.

Willing to travel nationally to assess client sites.

Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, and structural engineering analysis software (e.g. STAAD.Pro, RAM Structural System, TEDDS, Enercalc, etc.) experience is required. Revit experience a plus.

Must be authorized to work in the United States and have a valid driver’s license.

Why Join the Burns Team

Recently voted a Top Workplace by, we credit our strength as an organization to our talented, driven, vibrant team. Burns is an ENR Top 500 Firm, as well as a Hot Firm by Zweig. We are industry experts, proven leaders, innovative thinkers, and team players. We put our clients' successes and best interests first, because their success is our success. We have fun at work because we love making a difference in the world. We are looking for high-energy, bright, collaborative individuals who want the opportunity to "write their own story" with us. Watch our videos and learn more about our dynamic culture at

Applying To Burns

As a member of our team, you will enjoy a competitive compensation and benefits package. Interested, qualified candidates must apply on the Burns’ career site at to be considered for a specific opportunity. Individuals needing assistance to apply for an open opportunity should contact the Human Resources Department at

At Burns Engineering, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Burns believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.