Wastewater Engineer

Job description

The Pollution and Flooding Reduction team at WRc is uniquely placed to provide solutions for asset owners that tackle the big challenges of managing sewer networks: moving towards zero pollution and zero sewer flooding. 

The team provide solutions by focussing on improved use of data, smart technology adoption, and engineering knowledge, to provide companies with a more proactive, targeted and therefore a more efficient approach to sewerage management. This involves having a clear understanding of how and why sewers fail, what can be learnt from failures, and how that learning can be applied to prevent failure from occurring again in the future.  

WRc develop intelligent solutions to network issues, by determining the factors that influence failure and using all available data to better understand the patterns of these failures across a network.  We then maximise this information to drive improvements in operational practice or target smart technology in a cost-effective manner that provides greater visibility of network performance.


We are seeking an Engineer to join our successful Pollution and Flooding team.  With WRc, you will be responsible for working collaboratively on delivering innovative solutions to the water industry. You will be responsible for helping to deliver the business plan through active participation in activities across the whole Infrastructure Solutions Team but mainly working closely with the Pollution and Flooding Theme Lead and the Head of Infrastructure Solutions to achieve our commercial targets.  Successful applicants will bring a technical background in an engineering subject with some experience of wastewater network operations.  

Main Responsibilities

As a Wastewater Engineer at WRc you will:

  • Be part of  a team of consultants to win and deliver work in the Pollution & Flooding business area;
  • Further develop your network contacts in water companies, regulators, other consultancies and industry to contribute to the development of business opportunities and maintain a pipeline of work;
  • Take account of the latest developments and innovations in the subject area, to help maintain WRc’s position as an industry leader, and;
  • Deliver projects to our clients from around the world.

Job requirements

Education and Experience

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject, preferably civil engineering but mechanical and environmental subjects also considered;
  • Preferably a postgraduate degree in wastewater;
  • Career experience of wastewater networks with an operational delivery focus.

Knowledge and Skills

  • An appreciation of wastewater physical assets and of sewer operations;
  • Understanding of pumping station operations;
  • Background in hydrological and hydraulic design;
  • Understanding of mechanical and electrical engineering aspects sewer networks;
  • Understanding of the sewer inspection and cleaning techniques.
  • Practical working experience in a CAD software.
  • Understanding of the causes of sewer failures and their environmental impacts;
  • An appreciation of the water industry and its regulatory drivers;
  • Self-starter willing to develop and implement new ideas;
  • Eligible to work permanently in the UK without sponsorship requirement;
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office packages.