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Process/Fermentation Engineer - Kiewit Industrial Engineering


Lenexa, KS, US

Requisition ID: 128519 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Industrial 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit Industrial Engineering (K-IND) is seeking a Senior-Level Process/Fermentation Engineer.  We are looking for an ideal candidate to grow the Kiewit team by providing technical expertise serving as a subject matter expert and contributing to execution and project success.  Candidates shall have a minimum of 10 years of experience in process engineering, including specific experience with fermentation and other biodiesel feedstock and/or food and beverage processing facilities.  Candidates shall be familiar with current drawing and technical tools, programs, and software with an understanding of design documentatiion creation and layouts.  Candidates shall be capable of exhibiting flexibility in work assignments while maintaining a growth mindset and continuing to develop in their technical and professional career.

District Overview

Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc. is a full-service engineering firm serving a broad range of industrial markets. Our combined staff of  more than 1,300 engineers and design professionals have expertise that spans all major engineering disciplines to serve the industrial, transportation, power, water/wastewater, mining, building, and oil, gas & chemical markets.  Our operations-focused engineering provides our clients with safe and efficiient facilities, and it integrates our 130 years of construction experience to finish projects on time and to make sure that Nobody Gets Hurt..

Our rapidly growing Industrial Engineering team, which includes process, mechanical, electrical, controls, structural, architectural, geotechnical, and civil disciplines, is a multi-faceted and leading-edge division of Kiewit with best-in-class technical expertise focused on EPC and design-build delivery of industrial projects in markets such as Food & Beverage, Mineral Processing, Renewable Fuels, Pulp and Paper, Steel & Aluminum, Industrial Buildings, and Industrial Energy, Water and Utilities.


This position is based out of our industrial hub in Lenexa, KS and may require up to 25 percent travel on average based on project demands. 


•     Provide design, coordination, and oversight of various sanitary process systems typical for fermentation of biodiesel feedstock and other food and beverage process facilities with specific  experience in on or more of the following: fermentation, membrane filtration, sanitary piping design, clean in place, process control, and tank storage solutions..

•     Prepare equipment specfications and detailed technical bid analyses for typical equipment required for biodiesel feedstock fermentation and other food and beverage facilities with specific experience  in one or more of the following: fermenters, membrane filtration, centrifuges, vessels, evaporators, agitators, mixers, pumps, sanitary piping and tubing, condensers, and clean in place systems.

•     Generate and check design deliverables such as PFD's, P&ID's, process simulations, datasheets, and vendor shop drawings in accordance with industry codes and standards, contract requirements, and company standards..

•     Support the construction team including representing the design team on-site, answering RFI's, providing creative design solutions, etc..

•     Coordinate, communicate, and oversee all aspects of the project's process design with other design partners (both internal and external) including Clients, construction partners, equipment suppliers, and other engineers and designers..

•     Provide oversight and coordination of projects, working with the assigned design managers and project managers, to meet project budgets and schedules.

•     Develop schedules, work assignments, and staffing requirements to ensure successful project completion.

•     Perform early project design work such as conceptual studies, process flow diagram development, mass/energy balances, preliminary equipment sizing and selection, and general facility layout/arrangement.

•     Train, mentor, and advise peers and support staff on proper application of sanitary process and fermentation industry standards and best practices.

•     Support the general process engineering activities outside of the sanitary process and fermentation specific processes/equipment required to provide a complete turn-key design.

•     Serve as the company subject matter expert engaging in industry events and supporting company business development functions for sanitary systems and biodiesel feedstock fermentation applications and implementation.

•     Provide key input and oversight for all project biodiesel feedstock and food and beverage fermentation scopes throughout project development, estimating, project execution, and startup and commissioning.


•     Bachelor’s degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Food Sciences, or equivalent engineering program from an ABET accredited four-year university.
•     Professional Engineer license (P.E.) preferred
•     A minimum of 10 years of industry related engineering experience including sanitary/hygienic design experience.
•     A broad understanding of industrial fermentation technologies and the market considerations..
•     Specific experience in one or more of the following areas: fermentation, membrane filtration, sanitary piping design, process control, and mixing/blending.
•    Strong familiarity and relationships with the key fermentation and process equipment suppliers in the industry.
•    Experience leading and engineering and design team is preferred.
•    System operations and/or commissioning experience is preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position may require an individual to be fully vaccinated by an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.

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 work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

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