MWH seeks field engineer for 72-MW Smithland on Ohio River

Owner’s engineer MWH invites applications from engineers to serve as field engineer-mechanical for construction of the 72-MW Smithland hydroelectric project on the Ohio River in Kentucky.

MWH is working with project owner American Municipal Power Inc. to develop six hydroelectric projects at Corps of Engineers navigation dams. MWH last year recruited a field office engineer for construction of the 40-MW Willow Island project, also on the Ohio.

Smithland includes a reinforced concrete powerhouse with three horizontal bulb-type turbine-generators, intake and tailrace channels, and a 2.5-mile transmission line. Construction of the powerhouse is under way.

In a 30-month assignment, the field engineer – mechanical is to report to the resident engineer and be responsible for monitoring the contractor’s mechanical construction activities for compliance with contract documents. Duties include daily documentation of construction activities, monitoring progress in relation to the project schedule, assisting in review of contractor submittals, coordinating testing activities, assisting with generating unit start-up and commissioning, and reporting and monitoring the resolution of construction deficiencies.

Qualifications include a mechanical engineering degree or demonstrated equivalent experience and more than 10 years of heavy mechanical construction experience preferably involving large reinforced concrete construction and large pumping plant or powerhouse equipment installation. Prior experience with hydropower project construction is desirable.

Resumes and inquiries may be sent to Bruce Phillips, MWH, by e-mail at

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