Frequently Asked Questions About Student Engineering Program

1. How many summer positions are available?

2. In which Sections will student engineer positions be available?

3. What is a typical work schedule?

4. What kind of tasks/projects do student engineers perform?

5. Will I get to work with or under a Professional Engineer (P.E.)?

6. Are student engineers offered full-time positions?

7. What is the preferred background of a full-time engineer at the Sanitation Districts?

8. Are international students eligible to apply?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.  How many summer positions are available?
A. Typically, between 15 and 20.

2.  In which Sections will student engineer positions be available?
A. Management typically approves requested positions in April, thus, we generally do not know available student engineer positions until after the student application deadline. However, at least one opening is typically approved in the following sections: Water Reclamation Plants Operations, Research, Field Engineering, Energy Recovery, Air Quality, Planning, Monitoring, Solid Waste Operations, Joint Water Pollution Control Plant Operations, Wastewater Collection Systems, Solid Waste and Wastewater Design, and Water Quality and Soils Engineering.

3. What is a typical work schedule?
A. 7 AM to 3:30 PM. Some field positions may require different hours.


4. What kind of tasks/projects do student engineers perform?
A. Student engineers support one or more engineers in their assigned group. Support may consist of field work, plan and contractor submittal reviews, filing/photocopying, design support, drafting technical memorandum, data analysis, obtaining information from environmental equipment/supply vendors, cost estimates, database updates, drafting of request for proposals and report preparation.

In the summer, weekly presentations/tours are offered for all student engineers. These presentations are offered by Sanitation Districts' engineers and allow students to learn about engineering projects and solid waste, wastewater, and energy recovery facilities. Because most student engineers do not get to interact with all departments within the timeframe of the summer internship, the student presentation series tends to be a highlight of the program for many student engineers. During these presentations, student engineers get to meet and interact with other student engineers.


5. Will I get to work with or under a Professional Engineer (P.E.)?
A. Because over half of our approximately 250 engineers have a professional license, very often the answer is yes. Most Sanitation Districts' engineers, especially the newer engineers, possess a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering. For decades, Sanitation Districts’ management has supported the requirement of a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering for entry-level engineering positions.

6. Are student engineers offered full-time positions?
A. Student engineers must compete for full-time positions with all other applicants, but they do tend to perform well in the full-time interview process. One reason for this is that they have become familiar with the agency and the type of work that might be assigned to them as full-time engineers. Except for a few specialty cases, all applicants for a full-time position must have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.


7. What is the preferred background of a full-time engineer at the Sanitation Districts?
A. In most cases, the preferred background is a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.


8. Are international students eligible to apply?
A. Yes, but all student engineer candidates must be able to demonstrate the right to work in the United States and maintain student status at an ABET accredited engineering program for the duration of their employment.