KIWE - Process Engineer, Waste-to-Energy


Lenexa, KS, US

Requisition ID: 170053 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Industrial & Water Engineering 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Industrial 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit Industrial & Water Engineering (KIWE) is seeking Process Engineers to join our team with primary focus on the thermal Waste to Energy (WTE) market.  You will be part of our growing team that is developing environmentally sustainable solutions that seamlessly transition from design plans to completed projects to exceed client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.

The Gasification Process Engineer will provide technical and process engineering leadership for industrial WTE pursuits. These clean renewable energy solutions include chemical or thermal process technologies such as torrefaction, gasification, pyrolysis, etc.  Process feedstocks could include MSW, agricultural biomass, food waste, or other potential waste materials, and could produce syngas, renewable natural gas (RNG), biogas, hydrogen, black pellets, or other renewable fuels.  We are looking for candidates to grow the Kiewit team by helping establish, maintain, and improve company standards and tools while also utilizing these standards and tools to contribute to project success.

District Overview

Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc is a full-service consulting and engineering firm serving the Water, Infrastructure, Industrial, Power and Oil, Gas & Chemical (OGC) markets. Our combined staff of more than 1,700 engineers and design professionals have expertise that spans all major engineering disciplines to serve our customers across markets on projects of any scale and complexity level. Backed by over 130 years of construction expertise, our construction-focused engineering centers on constructability, commissioning, and safety in the earliest phases of projects to ensure total project success. 

The Kiewit Water Engineering team, which includes process, mechanical, piping, electrical, instrumentation and control, structural, and civil disciplines, is a multi-faceted division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on collaborative Design-Build (progressive and/or fixed price) and EPC delivery models for complex water projects.  The team brings project solutions to life across North America in the following areas:

•    Water Treatment
•    Potable Municipal and Groundwater Desalination
•    Advanced Water Reuse
•    Groundwater Remediation
•    Storm water Recycling
•    Industrial Water Treatment
•    Wastewater Treatment
•    Biosolids Treatment
•    Pipelines and Conveyance

Clients are turning to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects to lead and manage multi-disciplined design teams to work together to improve schedule, track design progress, control costs and minimize risk.  We are a high performing team of engineers and designers that leads the water engineering process and collaborates with Kiewit’s construction teams to approach construction-driven engineering with a focus on safe, cost effective, and innovative designs, all working to develop the best possible delivery of water facility projects to our clients.


This position is located at our industrial hub in Lenexa, KS or one of our regional offices in Denver, CO, Houston, TX, Atlanta, GA, or Minneapolis, MN, and may require up to 20% travel on average based on project demands.  Remote work locations will be fairly considered but may require increased travel.


•    Provide technical and process engineering for equipment and technology evaluation and selection.
•    Participate in studies and conceptual design development
•    Coordination with and evaluation of Technology Licensors, then working with them to develop integrated design packages
•    Conduct evaluations of full-scale plant operations, pilot studies and bench studies as required. 
•    Identify and evaluate process lifecycle costs.
•    Communicate/present industry trends, competitive situations or technology/regulatory issues.
•    Contribute to the development of client proposals and project cost estimates.
•    Participate in improving company resources and tools to improve design production and efficiency.
•    Interface with clients and partner engineers to support project and business development needs.
•    Work with design teams to optimize designs and ensure plant operational needs are properly addressed. 
•    Participate in the preparation of engineering reports, engineering drawings and specifications for projects such as basis of design, PFD’s, P&ID’s, mass and energy balances, process simulations, datasheets, and engineering calculations including equipment sizing.
•    Develop equipment specifications and performance requirements to define appropriate designs to meet project outcomes, working closely with OEMs and technology partners.
•    Provide front line issue resolution of technical issues associated with design, construction, equipment and/or operations.
•    Coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.


•    Bachelor's degree or higher in Chemical Engineering
•    Minimum of 8+ years of experience with duties such as:
process development, conceptual and detailed design of clean renewable energy solutions with a specific focus on biogas, biofuels, waste to energy [e.g., municipal solid waste, food, agricultural, forestry and biomass], thermochemical conversion technologies for producing syngas, renewable oils or other types of energy.
•    Preferred experience utilizing process modeling and simulation software applications such as Aspen Plus and/or HYSYS or equal.
•    Preferred experience as process design engineering lead.
•    Professional Engineer (PE) registration is preferred
•    Previous experience serving in a technical role for industrial process companies either at corporate or operating facilities.
•    Must be willing and available to accommodate intermittent travel (20% maximum expected)




Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

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