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Black & McDonald Limited Designer in Joplin, Missouri


Black & McDonald's Kansas City team is growing! If you are committed and collaborative professional looking to contribute to a hard-working, innovative team, this opportunity is for you.

The Designer is located in Joplin, MO and typically reports directly to the Department Supervisor Black and McDonald, is actively seeking an individual with knowledge of Electrical Utility and Fiber Communication distribution systems. Projects will involve surveying and designing existing electric utility distribution systems to accommodate fiber communication installations in accordance with NESC codes and Utility Owner requirements.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Perform electric utility pole loading analysis studies using, O-CALC Software

  • Design and layout of electric utility distribution system projects in customer GIS and process platforms

  • Deliver completed design projects/work orders on time, according to customer specifications and through a customer process database

  • Occasionally, participate in the acquisition of field data to accomplish the design or to monitor and evaluate equipment performance

  • Follow quality practice for NESC and UTILITY also procedures by self-checking all work product and checking the work of others as required

  • Follow safety procedures

  • Maintain the Black & McDonald databases with information from sources including, but not limited to, work management systems, as-built construction drawings, work orders, completion records, field reports or other information from the job sponsor

  • Process and approve completion records

  • Perform and update records in Black & McDonald systems

  • Communicate with Designers and Engineers

  • Learn non-industry standard drafting and mapping software


  • Communicates Effectively

  • Continuous Learning

  • Customer Focus

  • Problem Solving and Innovation

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Strategic Perspective


Degree or Diploma in Engineering or GIS is preferred


  • 3-5 years of Design experience in the Utilities industry

  • Experienced working with Pole Loading Software, such as O-Calc

  • Experienced with NESC code compliance and Utility construction standards

  • Requires strong time management of work activities

  • Communicate clearly both verbally and in writing with all levels in the organization and with outside clients

Intermediate user of:

  • O-Calc Software

  • Pole Loading Software

Black & McDonald welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.