2024 Summer Distribution Engineering Intern

WaterOne is searching for a talented, creative, and eager-to-learn Engineering Intern for our Distribution Engineering department. This unique, paid-internship will provide an excellent opportunity for you to gain real world experience by assisting the Distribution Engineering Staff on a multitude of exciting projects that impact the world’s most valuable resource – water!

You will play a crucial role in project plan development design, installation and maintenance of buried piping infrastructure. This excellent opportunity gives you the chance to learn from our experts in the field, show your stuff, and be hands-on with a leader in the water production and distribution industry.

Pay rate is $20.00 per hour

Perform project design and drafting duties including the following:

Applies engineering fundamentals and established design practices in assisting to develop and implement project plans and construction.
Provide sketches and technical information and assistance for preparation of engineering drawings for construction or modifications of facilities, assist in creating engineering sketches, drawings, concepts and descriptions for new construction, relocation of and installation of buried piping infrastructure.
Gather information from other utilities, engineering firms, etc.
Creates work orders, estimates material and labor costs, reviews construction plans and plots water facilities thereon.
Assist in selection of materials and equipment for projects. Read and/or create plans including elevations, sections, cutaways, details, etc.
Apply knowledge of engineering in preparation of designs.
Create and/or analyze sketches and notes and other input material to determine best approach to complete projects.

Performs field duties including:

Operating instruments and equipment for surveying, pressure and flow measurements.
Attend meetings regarding projects.
Assist WaterOne crews in relocation and installation of buried piping infrastructure.
Investigate low and high pressure customer inquiries. Provide information of technical aspects of water pressure/plumbing problems and solutions with customers.
Assist Project Engineers in design of distribution facilities by obtaining field information, elevations, etc. of existing water facilities mains and appurtenances.
Assist Project Engineers with pressure monitoring programs and corrosion protection programs.

Performs general office duties including:

Writes specifications, memos, and letters.
Exchange information and communicate as necessary with others.
Assist in performing hydraulic calculations using sound engineering practices.
Coordinate projects to comply with relocation agreements and memo contracts and reconcile actual costs.
Perform other duties as assigned

Required Education, Skills & Experience

Minimum educational requirement of completing at least two years towards degree in Engineering. Civil Engineering major preferred.
Must commit to 12-13 week duration of the summer internship from May 20th until August 9th.
This internship will take place onsite; hours will be M-F 7:30am-4:30pm.
Course work with an emphasis on mathematics, hydraulics and/or land surveying is desirable.
Must demonstrate capability for good judgment, initiative, sound planning and analytical skills.
Requires good problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
Knowledge and skill in the use of computerized drafting instruments and equipment, particularly in the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems).
Must have a valid driver’s license and continuously meet WaterOne driving standards.
Requires good interpersonal skills and oral and written communications skills.
Must project professional image.
Must pass post offer medical exam, including drug screen and background check.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and continuously meet WaterOne driving standards.
Must pass post offer medical exam, including drug screen and background verification.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally lift/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must be able to move occasionally from one location to another or be able to remain in a stationary position for up to several hours a day. The employee must be able to use office productivity equipment such as a personal computer, calculator, printer, and copy machine. The employee must be in possession of a driver’s license and be able to operate a vehicle at any given time. The employee must be able to occasionally position self to inspect or view field activities. The employee must be able to install, maintain, or service computer hardware and software and other related equipment.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job operates in both in a professional office environment and in the field. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate except when in the field on a jobsite.

Complete job description is available upon request and will be provided during the selection process.

WaterOne is an independent public water utility. We’ve been proudly serving the Johnson County, Kansas area since 1957. Every day, nearly 455,000 customers rely on WaterOne to provide fresh, clean water on demand. It’s a responsibility we deliver on. Our passion is water, because water touches everything we care about: family, health, safety, and community. We serve our community by bringing award-winning water to their homes, businesses, and public places.

Apply online at https://www.waterone.org/287/Careers.