WHO WE ARE

ABOUT BURKHARDT

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OUR FOCUS

Who is Burkhardt Engineering?

We could tell you that we are a civil engineering and land surveying firm that specializes in site development design, consulting, and national retail development.

But what we really do is remove obstacles for our clients.

How do we do it? By approaching every project from the clients’ perspective. We work as a team to expedite the design and permit processes. We guarantee our drawings will be complete, accurate, and easy to follow. We value engineer solutions that save our clients money and time. And we like to make sure our clients have fun.

A better experience: That’s been our focus since our founding in 1999. It’s what every client can expect.

It’s why we love what we do.

OUR MISSION

To make our clients more successful by adding some “awesome” to every project.

OUR VALUES & CULTURE

Our values guide our work.
Our culture keeps it 100.

WE’RE A TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS WHO:

    • Favor serving rather than being served
    • Do what we say we’re going to do
    • Provide an enjoyable client experience
    • Find a way to get things done and keep processes moving forward
    • Never accept “good enough”
    • Relish problem solving and meeting aggressive schedules
    • Take ownership of our work with a proactive approach
    • Maintain transparency
    • Are candid with our client
    • Value-engineer every plan set before construction
    • Listen to our clients
    • Are willing to get our hands dirty
    • Are comfortable taking the lead or providing support
    • Think and work like a true partner
    • Love what we do, and think it’s really cool
    CAREERS

OUR LEADERSHIP

Our team brings together extensive expertise in surveying, site planning, and civil engineering. We all share the same goals on every engagement: To solve our clients’ challenges, to raise the bar on service, and to make the process enjoyable, every step of the way.

John Burkhardt
Founder
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John Burkhardt
Founder

John Burkhardt is the founder of Burkhardt Engineering Company, which began in 1999. He attended The University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!) where he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. John decided on the engineering field after a math teacher helped him obtain a scholarship, and it took off from there.

He is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor and Professional Engineer and currently serves in an advisory and mentoring role at the company. John enjoys the variety of projects he’s had the opportunity to work on, which makes no two days the same, and he loves seeing a project come together and the sense of accomplishment when a project is completed. He enjoys spending his free time hiking, and spending time with his family. A little-known fact about John: a few years after college he decided to get into the medical field and became a physician’s assistant where he worked in surgery for ten years before returning to the civil engineering and surveying industry.

Jonathan Burkhardt
President / CEO
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Jonathan Burkhardt
President / CEO

Jonathan Burkhardt has been with the company since 2003, where he began as a rodman on the survey crew, and later worked as a drafter/designer while obtaining his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at The University of Dayton. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and serves as the President/CEO, providing direction and strategy for the firm along with being involved in concept and design planning for projects.

Growing up around the industry and watching his father (Founder, John Burkhardt) work on projects sparked his interest in becoming a civil engineer; once he started working in the industry and studying civil engineering he knew he’d found a business he was passionate about. Jonathan breaks his position down to two things: taking care of our team and equipping the team to take great care of our clients. He enjoys that his position is always pushing him to learn something knew or overcome a challenge in a creative way. He is extremely proud of the team we have at Burkhardt – “I’m so grateful to work alongside such a genuine and passionate group of professionals who truly care about the outcome of every project and client relationship.”

When Jonathan is not leading the team, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, reading, golfing, and watching University of Dayton and Kentucky Wildcats basketball!

Kurt Ziessler
Project Team Leader
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Kurt Ziessler
Project Team Leader

Kurt Ziessler is licensed Professional Engineer and serves as a Project Team Leader performing project design and management. Kurt joined the Burkhardt team at the beginning of 2017 after relocating from Columbus, Ohio where he held a leadership position in another firm. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Ohio State University, Go Buckeyes!

His passion for engineering started with a previous job as a meter reader for the water department, which sparked his interest in how water and sewer systems operated. Kurt enjoys orchestrating projects and seeing everything come together for construction. He is most proud of his work when the design is complete and he can see his projects come to life through construction and occupancy.

In his spare time, he and his wife Tammy enjoy spending time outdoors, and seeing local history. A little-known fact about Kurt: he likes to cook and try new recipes!

Mike Novean
Survey Manager / Project Team Leader
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Mike Novean
Survey Manager / Project Team Leader

Mike Novean has been with Burkhardt since late 2012. He is a licensed Professional Surveyor and Professional Engineer and currently serves as the Survey Manager and a Project Team Leader. His role is managing the surveying department and coordinating the survey crew and CAD team. He also supports the engineering side as a Project Team Leader when needed.

Mike grew up in New Knoxville, Ohio; a small town close to where Neil Armstrong was born. While in high school, he worked for the Minster Machine Company doing CAD drafting of hydraulic and mechanical press parts. He originally planned on becoming a mechanical engineer, but upon starting at the University of Cincinnati he enrolled in civil engineering because the program had openings (it was destiny!). As part of his co-op at UC, he was working with surveyors and took an interest in the field; between working with them and researching deeds and surveys for engineering design, he found another enjoyable aspect of the work and continued his education at Cincinnati State to get his surveying license. Mike enjoys the challenges presented on every project, he loves the problem solving; being able to solve those problems and help people is what he is most proud of.

When Mike is not working you can find him spending time with his kids - helping them with their school work and supporting them in all their extracurricular. A little-known fact about Mike: although he is not a morning person, he worked the morning shift on a dairy farm in high school. He says the best part of that job was getting to see all the stars and constellations when getting the cows in from the pastures.

Ryan Morrissey
Project Team Leader
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Ryan Morrissey
Project Team Leader

Ryan Morrissey started with Burkhardt in 2013 as a design engineer. He is now a licensed Professional Engineer and Project Team Leader, managing commercial development projects primarily for single-tenant retail developers on a national level. Ryan attended Kent State University where he began his studies in architecture, but his uncles and grandfather (also civil engineers) recognized Ryan’s technical skills and persuaded him to make the switch to civil engineering.

When Ryan is not cranking out projects, he enjoys spending time with his family consisting of his two sons, baby girl, and his fantastic wife. He also enjoys working on his classic car and is an avid Notre Dame Football fan!