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Drinking Water Process Engineer 3 - Richmond, VA

Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch

Virginia Beach, VA, USA · Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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Company : Black & Veatch Corporation

Req Id : 104400

Opportunity Type : Staff

Relocation eligible : Yes

Full time/Part time : Full-Time

Project Only Hire : No

Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

Why Black and Veatch

Recognized by Glassdoor as a 2023 Top 100 place to work, Black & Veatch allows you to lend your talent and perspective to humanity’s biggest challenges in a flexible environment where you are empowered to grow and explore new possibilities. We offer competitive compensation; 401K match and benefits that start day 1. Our hybrid environment allows you to balance your work and personal life.

At Black & Veatch, you own your career with purpose and meaning. You are empowered to grow and explore new possibilities at every step of your career journey. Bring your big ideas knowing you are safe to be who you are and speak up with concerns or questions and put your diverse talents and perspectives to use. #LI-CG1

Job Summary

Functions in a water process engineer role as a mid-level engineer in water treatment. Possesses knowledge of conventional water treatment and is familiar with some of the processes such as coagulation, clarification, softening, media filtration, and advanced water treatment processes, such as membrane filtration (microfiltration/ultrafiltration), reverse osmosis (brackish, seawater), UV/AOP, ozonation, carbon adsorption, and/or distribution system water quality. Any experience in water reuse, brackish and seawater desalination is desirable. Bench-scale and pilot experience is also desirable.

Under supervision and guidance from senior process experts, applies advanced water treatment and engineering techniques, concepts, and approaches to complex engineering problems for a wide range of water quality and treatment challenges.. Will expand knowledge over time in other areas and will interact with multi-disciplinary design teams to implement complex treatment solutions. Assists in developing, validating, and presenting specialist/technical output to clients and key stakeholders.Assists in business development activities and external marketing opportunities such as presenting at local/national conferences, building/maintaining client relationships, and supporting new business pursuits and proposal development.

Your role would include diverse opportunities in the water treatment area that range from treatment of conventional water sources, brackish and seawater desalination, and reuse applications. You will be part of a team that directs the process design for projects around the world for a global engineering firm.

The Team

Black & Veatch Process Engineers develop technical solutions that are critical to winning work and drive design deliverables for critical infrastructure projects with community benefits. Our Team of over 200 process engineers support water, industrial, next generation agriculture, LNG, hydrogen, fertilizer, and carbon capture businesses among others. We have transformed our team to align with megatrends associated with water scarcity, limited resources, alternative fuels, and energy sustainability. Our industry leading solutions modernize infrastructure, optimize asset use, reduce cost, and mitigate risk.

Why BVs Process Engineering Team?

  • The work is rewarding and meaningful
  • The team is comprised of supportive and appreciative professionals
  • Career opportunities exist in many rapidly expanding business solutions

Key Responsibilities


  • Assists in preparation of a variety of engineering deliverables, including process/mass balance calculations, design criteria/basis of design memoranda, process flow diagrams, process and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), tradeoff studies, and master planning studies
  • Under the guidance of a senior process engineer, supports multiple projects simultaneously with complex technical challenges
  • Active role in applied research activities involving bench, pilot, and full-scale testing to select or assess performance of alternative treatment processes
  • Capable of independently developing recommendations for appropriate treatment processes, equipment and/or materials selection
  • Assists in collection, assimilation, analysis, and management of data for process design work
  • Prepares moderately complex engineering calculations following standard methods and principles
  • Manages quality requirements
  • With guidance from senior process engineers, applies advanced engineering techniques and problem-solving analyses
  • Demonstrates strong technical writing skills and effective communication
  • Actively coordinates with internal and external team members for successful project execution

Client Focus:

  • Actively seeks to understand client interests and drivers through normal client contact and through interaction and communication with project leadership
  • Applies understanding of client interests and drivers to their own behavior and performance of the work under his/her responsibility
  • Working closely with senior professionals, may provide support to business development or pursuit activities, including involvement in pre-positioning meetings and proposal development,

People Management:

  • Helps support knowledge management and provides mentoring to interns and junior engineers
  • May assist with performance management process, mentoring, and recognition for interns and junior engineers

Engineering Standards:

  • Continues to learn and remains current on departmental design guides, standards, systems, applicable engineering codes and Black and Veatch Policies and Procedures
  • Applies standards to assigned tasks as appropriate

Quality / Continuous Improvement:

  • Begins to independently apply knowledge and complies with Black & Veatch quality program relative to assigned tasks
  • Supports continuous improvement and change management efforts

Management Responsibilities

Individual Contributor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (Master’s or Doctoral) in civil, environmental, or chemical engineering preferred.
  • 5 years of experience in water treatment
  • Working knowledge of process design for treatment of municipal effluent for reuse, brackish and seawater desalination, brine management, engineering design principles and applicable design guides and standards related to assigned engineering discipline
  • Understanding of consulting, project execution, client services, and business development.
  • Effective written and oral communications, Learning on the Fly, Drive for Results, Priority Setting, Planning, Informing, Listening, And Dealing with Ambiguity

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing. Minimum of 3 years related work experience All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

Typical office environment, typical construction environment, extreme weather conditions, high noise level, safety hazards (electric currents, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to chemicals), atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation). Sitting, walking, talking, hearing, reading, writing, keyboarding, driving, filing, reaching, stooping, crouching, bending, standing for extended periods of time, lifting or carrying up to 40 pounds.


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Black & Veatch is committed to being an employer of choice by creating a valuable work experience that keeps our people engaged, productive, safe and healthy.

Our comprehensive benefits portfolio is a key component of this commitment and offers an array of health care benefits including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurances along with disability and a robust wellness program.

To support a healthy work-life balance, we offer flexible work schedules, paid vacation and holiday time, sick time, and dependent sick time.

A variety of additional benefits are available to our professionals, including a company-matched 401k plan, adoption reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, vendor discounts, an employment referral program, AD&D insurance, pre-taxed accounts, voluntary legal plan and the B&V Credit Union. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.

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