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Process Engineer 5-Drinking Water

Date:  Jan 31, 2024

Austin, TX, US Dallas, TX, US San Antonio, TX, US Fort Worth, TX, US Houston, TX, US

Company:  Black & Veatch Family of Companies


At Black & Veatch, our employee-owners go beyond the project. For over a century, we have been breaking down social, economic and geographic barriers by making life's critical resources accessible to all. Working with us, you will help provide critical expertise as we, along with our valued clients, deliver solutions that positively impact communities around the world. Our professionals are our greatest asset, and we believe nothing is more important than the health, happiness and professional growth of our employee-owners. With a focus on flexible work-life balance options, an expanding and diverse workforce, and limitless career growth opportunities, we will give you our best to help you give us your best, and together we can build a world of difference. 


Req Id : 99640 

Opportunity Type : Staff 

Relocation eligible : No 

Full time/Part time : Full-Time  

Contract Hire Only for this Project : No 

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.

The Opportunity

In this role, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Function in a lead water process engineer role, as a technical specialist or as a subject matter expert in the areas of conventional water treatment using processes such as coagulation, clarification, softening, media filtration; and advanced water treatment processes such as membrane filtration, reverse osmosis (brackish, seawater), UV/AOP, ozonation, carbon adsorption, and/or distribution system water quality. Experience in water reuse, brackish and seawater desalination is desirable.
  • With limited direction, develops and applies advanced treatment and engineering techniques, concepts, and approaches to solve complex engineering problems for a wide range of water quality and treatment challenges.
  • Provide technical guidance to project teams, supervises junior process engineering staff on projects, and collaborates with multi-disciplinary design teams to implement complex treatment solutions.
  • Develop and present technical evaluations and recommendations to clients and key stakeholders.
  • Be Responsible for 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.

As a lead process engineer, you will be part of a team that provides strategic direction on the process design for drinking water, reuse and/or desalination projects around the world for municipalities, utilities, and industrial clients . Great career stability and growth potential with record backlog and revenue growth in all those solution areas.  Join our award-winning work culture, enjoy flexible work location, and become an employee owner.   

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

•    Prepares 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
•    Supports multiple projects simultaneously with complex technical challenges 
•    Serves as a technical specialist with knowledge and skillset providing guidance to project teams in water quality considerations and conventional and/or advanced water treatment systems 
•    Performs applied research activities involving bench, pilot, and full-scale testing to select or assess performance of alternative treatment processes 
•    Develops recommendations for appropriate treatment process, equipment, and/or materials selection 
•    Oversees collection, assimilation, analysis, and management of data for process design work  
•    Prepares and/or oversees the development of complex engineering calculations following standard methods and principles  
•    Manages assigned scope, budget, and schedule requirements for projects while maintaining expectations for quality 
•    Independently applies advanced engineering techniques and problem-solving analyses
•    Develops conceptual-level life cycle costs to evaluate treatment options 
•    Demonstrates strong technical writing skills and effective communication skills
•    Actively coordinates with internal and external team members for successful project execution
Client Focus:
•    Responsible for assisting with identification of key client interests and drivers for ongoing projects and new business prospects and may determine the key clients in some instances 
•    Communicates client interests and drivers to project team members and develops creative solutions and approaches to accommodate our clients’ goals and objectives 
•    Provides support to business development or pursuit activities, including involvement in pre-positioning meetings, proposal development, client interviews, identification of winning sales messages.
•    Presents on applied research, industry trends, challenging projects, and thought leadership ideas at local, regional, and national conferences
People Management:
•    Actively fosters technical and professional development of junior engineers
•    Participate in coaching/mentoring opportunities, career development planning, learning/training, and development of junior staff
•    Reviews or manages the work of junior engineers
Engineering Standards:
•    Provides guidance and direction on department design guides, standards, systems, and applicable engineering codes related to water quality and treatment
•    Assists in developing, maintaining and updating engineering standards  
•    Provides technical guidance to others regarding projects and disciplines 


Preferred Qualifications

•    Advanced degree (Master’s or Doctoral) in civil, environmental, or chemical engineering preferred. 
•    10 years of experience in drinking water treatment with at least 5 years in water quality and treatment (water quality analysis, treatment evaluations, process design, regulatory compliance assessments, distribution water quality analysis, etc.). 
•    Advanced 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 
•    Established leadership skills with deep understanding of consulting, project execution, client services, and business development.
•    Effective written and oral communications, Drive for Results, Priority Setting, Planning, Delegation, Directing Others, Conflict Management, Informing, Listening, Dealing with Ambiguity, and Building Effective Teams

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 8 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.


Professional engineering license from any of the states in the USA or ability to obtain one within 2 years of employment required.

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.

Salary Plan

ENG: Engineering

Job Grade


Black & Veatch Holding Company, its subsidiaries and its affiliated companies, complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) affirmative action laws and regulations. Black & Veatch does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender Identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other status protected by law.


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. We offer professionals an array of health and welfare benefits that vary based on their geographic region and employment status. This may include health, life accident and disability insurances, paid time off, financial programs and more. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.


By valuing diverse voices and perspectives, we cultivate an authentically inclusive environment for professionals and are able to provide innovative and effective solutions for clients.

Nearest Major Market: Austin

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