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Hydraulic Engineer

Requisition ID:  221368

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, procurement, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right- no matter how big, how complex or how remote. The reliability of our performance, the enduring quality of our projects, the strength of our ethics, and the seriousness of our commitment to safety and sustainability are evident in everything we do. Bechtel delivers for its customers what others can only promise.


Hydraulic & Hydrologic (H&H) engineer to conduct engineering design and studies for oil, gas and chemical projects and other global corporate projects supported by the Geotechnical & Hydraulic Engineering Services (G&HES) discipline in Houston. The successful candidate will report to and receive technical and administrative supervision and functional oversight from the H&H Group Supervisor and/or H&H Subdiscipline Manager. The position requires the ability to work independently and exercise engineering judgment in problem definition, evaluation, and selection, application and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures and criteria. This individual will be required to coordinate work tasks with other technical specialists in the G&HES group and other disciplines, and with engineers, designers, and other project personnel.


Work involves organizing and performing hydraulic and hydrologic analyses and calculations, preparing reports and necessary documents to support the design of liquefied natural gas plant projects and other infrastructure projects. Education, familiarity and experience in modelling and analyzing hydraulic transient pressures and loads in closed pipe systems is central to this position. Other responsibilities include analysis, evaluation and design of storm water management and site drainage facilities; surface water hydrology and flood protection measures; pipeline systems (gravity flow and pressurized systems); pump intakes, discharge outfalls, and other offshore or onshore hydraulic structures. Responsibilities also include the conducting of mathematical model studies, employing appropriate one- or multi­dimensional models, for the runoff analysis, open channel flow analysis, sediment transport, environmental mixing, hydrodynamic and solute transport; and maintaining and enhancing H&H group’s in-house hydraulic transient software.


Work may require travel to project sites in the U. S. and overseas on generally short-term assignments.


Minimum Requirements:


  • A Masters degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on hydrology, hydraulics, or fluid mechanics, and graduate coursework in fluid dynamics, engineering hydrology, open channel and pipeline hydraulics, sediment transport, coastal engineering, and numerical methods.
  • A minimum of 3 year of working experience in hydrology, hydraulics, fluid dynamic simulation or a related field.
  • The position requires working knowledge and understanding in rainfall-runoff analysis and modeling, storm water drainage system design and open-channel flow analysis, and basic understanding of scour protection design, sediment transport analysis in river and coastal environment, steady-state and transient analyses of pipeline systems, coastal hydrodynamic modeling and mixing analysis.
  • Working experience with computer applications such as FATHOM, IMPULSE, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, SWMM, CORMIX, Delft3D or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of US and international design codes and practices.
  • Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written skills to communicate with team in preparation of reports, memo, calculations and other documentations. Must be proficient with word processing, spreadsheet, database software. Should have programming experience in Fortran, Visual Basic, Python, MATLAB or C++.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to and remain at jobsites for up to several weeks at a time.
  • Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certification.
  • Must have right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship.


Preferred Requirements:


  • Professional Engineering (PE) license.
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with minimum of 1 year of relevant working experience, with an emphasis on pipeline hydraulics and fluid mechanics, and graduate coursework in fluid dynamics, engineering hydrology, open channel, sediment transport, coastal engineering, and numerical methods.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.