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AECOM Civil/Structural Engineer III (T&D focus) in Chicago, Illinois

Company Description

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Job Description

AECOM has a position opening for a Civil/Structural Engineer with a primary focus on Transmission and Distribution projects to support our growing Energy Business Line. For this role,AECOM offers the freedom and flexibility to work remotely and/or be located at a variety of Energy offices located in multiple locations across the United States.

Our team provides a wide range of civil and structural engineering services across markets sectors including electrical transmission and distribution (OH/UG power systems, substations, EV charging networks, microgrid design, etc.), renewables (Solar PV, Battery Energy Storage Systems, Wind), industrial process (Oil & Gas, petrochemical), building decarbonization and next generation energy (hydrogen, fuel cells, electrolyzers, etc.). We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to develop within and further the technical skills we bring to our new and existing client base. Qualified candidates will have a familiarity with civil and structural design aspects for heavy industrial clients.

The responsibilities of this role also include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Under minimal direction, completes engineering assignments of moderate to advanced complexity

  • Prepare overhead line design using PLS-CADD

  • Transmission and distribution line structural (steel and wood) design using PLS-Tower and/or PLS-Pole

  • Transmission line foundation design using MFAD and L-Pile

  • Substation support structures and foundation design

  • Underground High voltage transmission line and/or low & medium voltage distribution lines

  • Seismic design for substation assets

  • Comprehensive understanding within civil/structural engineering and basic understanding of other engineering disciplines

  • Potential to provide technical guidance to a modest sized group of engineers, designers, and specialists

  • Versed with the preparation and execution of civil/structural project scope

  • Fully versed with codes, permits and software applications related to civil/structural engineering for substation and transmission & distribution projects

  • Fully versed with and can check and review the work sequence, general content and the methods used to generate specifications for the calculations as well as the approval, revision, retention and storage of calculations

  • Can oversee the review and checking of construction and vendor drawings

  • Capable of reviewing interdisciplinary vendor documents

  • Assists with the developing task and effort estimates for proposal support

  • Understands and assists with the planning and scheduling of engineering tasks within the civil/structural discipline

  • Works to maintain positive working relationships with peers

  • Occasional travel required to other AECOM locations and Client sites

  • Able to participate in field walks and create field sketches, take dimensions, climb ladders, etc. as necessary


AECOM’s Energy practice provides a wide range of services from consulting and engineering design to energy engineering, energy procurement and construction (EPC) for power, energy efficiency, and renewable energy clients. Our understanding of the big picture – and the interconnection between generation, distribution, storage, and the demand side of the meter – allows us to deliver holistic strategies that improve and modernize next generation energy infrastructure. We connect knowledge and experience across our global framework to bring together a unique combination of engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers who advance cleaner, secure, and more sustainable energy solutions.


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (Civil, Structural or Electrical) from ABET accredited college or university

  • 4+ years of relevant experience (Experience must include structural design for electrical substation and/or transmission and distribution)

  • Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam certificate

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred 6+ years of experience

  • Experience in the modeling, analysis and engineering design of steel structures and foundations for industrial projects

  • Experience with various voltage levels (4kV, 12kV, 138kV, 230kV, 500kV, etc.)

  • Proficiency in PLS-CADD packages (PLS-Tower, PLS-Pole, PLS-Tower, etc.)

  • Experience with structural analysis and design software (e.g. Staad.PRO, SAP2000, MFAD, L-Pile)

  • Professional Engineering license in Civil or Structural Engineering in California

  • Working knowledge of industry codes and standards (e.g. NESC, G.O.95, ASCE 113, ASCE 10, ASCE 48, IEEE 605, IEEE 693, AISC 360, ASCE 7, IBC, ACI 318, RUS, ASCE design guidelines)

  • Experience working with remote teams

  • Experience on full EPC, Design/Build projects from start to finish.

  • Owner’s Engineering experience

  • Experience with retrofit or brown field projects

  • Experience with California Electric Utilities

  • Experience with civil drainage and sitework design

  • Knowledge and skill with AutoCAD 3D software

  • Enthusiastic, hard-working, technically proficient, with ambition and drive

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this role

  • Sponsorship is available for this role

Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $70,241.60 - $129,896.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at aecom.com and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10097146

Business Line: Energy

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid