Jul 20, 2021

Lead Mechanical Engineer Water

  • KBR
  • Sydney
Full time Engineering (mechanical)


We have an amazing opportunity for a lead Mechanical Engineer looking to join a fast growing, national water resources team delivering some of the most exciting and challenging projects in Australia? Do you like working on a wide variety of water & wastewater projects delivering innovative solutions to local and state government and private sector clients? Would you like working in a fresh new office intelligently designed to cater to the modern flexible working culture?

If you do, KBR is the place for you.  Joining a global company like KBR will expose you to some of the most exciting projects in Australia and the world and enable you to work alongside and learn from the industry leaders across a range of engineering disciplines.

The Opportunity

As a senior member of KBR’s Water team in Sydney you will have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of challenging projects that expand your skill base and keep you engaged. On any given day you could be providing condition assessment commentary on treatment plant or be part of the design team for a major infrastructure project in Australia or globally.

While the role will be preferably based in Sydney, we are open to discussing the role with anyone located regionally or in other major centres across Australia.

You will be a senior member a national group of highly regarded industry practitioners who value technical expertise and innovation. You will apply practical on-the-ground problem solving and engineering solutions and work with our clients collaboratively to deliver successful outcomes. You will have the opportunity, if desired, to lead projects and manage work-winning activities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Mechanical design and technical input into a wide range of water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

  • Conduct asset condition investigation for a wide range of assets including water and wastewater treatment facilities as well as all associated mechanical equipment.

  • Provide technical expertise to support KBR Water projects nationally

  • Lead, and contribute effectively within, multi-disciplinary teams to support the delivery of design solutions that meet client and community expectations.

  • Maintain an interest in technological advances and applying innovation to project delivery.

  • Develop strong relationships with our clients.

  • Undertake on-site assessments and produce technical reports to a high standard, contributing to KBR’s reputation for the delivery of quality project outputs.

  • Support the preparation of proposals including methodology, study team, documentation, and fee estimate.

  • Project manage water projects. Monitor costs on an ongoing basis against the predetermined and approved budget costs

  • Coach and mentor junior engineers to help them become the best that they can be.

  • Commit to safe and sustainable delivery of our projects.


  • Graduate or postgraduate qualifications in mechanical engineering or other relevant discipline

  • Minimum of 7 - 10 years’ experience

  • Experience in design practices for the water & wastewater industrial sectors.

  • Experience with condition assessment of treatment plant and mechanical structures.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience in preparation of bid budgets, writing proposals and preparation of marketing materials

  • Demonstrated expertise in writing high level technical reports, conference papers and presentation of technical material

  • Competence in development of calculations and designs in line with scope requirements

  • Ability to integrate design solutions with other disciplines in the transport sector i.e. road design, drainage design, rail design and structural design.

  • Ability to guide more junior staff in the preparation of calculations and designs.

Other skills and attributes, while not essential, would be nice to have:

  • Awareness of business development and marketing activities would be highly regarded

  • On the pathway to obtaining CPEng.

  • Maintain curiosity and interest to continuously improve technical knowledge and skills

Who are you?

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that working together to reach common goals cannot be done without passion and commitment behind them. 

We are looking for a skilled and passionate technical professional who wants to continue to progress their career. This role is perfect for the ambitious professional seeking opportunities to develop their technical, project management and general management skills.

Benefits of KBR

We offer flexible and family friendly working arrangements including flexibility with hours as well as your work location

  • We invest in our team and provide ongoing professional development opportunities

  • Employees may benefit from up to 8 additional hours of accrued flexible leave every 4 weeks

  • A global business with a local feel

  • A variety of work across a wide range of projects and market sectors

  • An opportunity to work with technically eminent professionals

About Us

KBR have been established for over 100 years and we pride ourselves on being an innovative and forward-thinking company with a reputation for delivering on challenging and complex engineering projects. We deliver science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world.

So how do I apply?

If what you've read resonates with your values, experience and career aspiration then we want to hear from you! Just click apply and upload your resume and cover letter.

KBR values an inclusive and diverse work environment and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds, to apply. Our hiring decisions are based on the key requirements of each role and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and experiences.



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