Morristown, New Jersey

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Principal Mechanical/Air Pollution Control Engineer
Morristown, NJ
~25% Travel Required


The Principal Engineer will be a member of the Mechanical Design team within the Design Engineering function. The team's scope covers design and operations support for all mechanical aspects of the Energy-from-Waste process at 40+ facilities globally. This includes air pollution control equipment, refuse cranes, steam generation boilers and their auxiliaries, feedwater pumps, deaerator systems, turbine generators, condensers, ash handling and conveying equipment, metals recovery systems, and balance of plant. Although this is a corporate engineering role, 20% travel will be required as it involves extensive collaboration with the facilities.


  • Safety: Ensure incorporation of Covanta and industry standard safety requirements into the design of all assigned projects.
  • Project Support: Support the front-end loading (FEL) process on new capital projects by preparing basic data, generating FEL documents and deliverables, constructing economic evaluations of options, writing technical specifications and scopes of work, assisting inthe preparation of bid packages, and evaluating vendor bids for technical capability and feasibility.
  • Operations Support: Provide hands-on facility assistance in the form of mechanical equipment and system troubleshooting and testing
  • Technical Analysis: Conduct trend analysis to identify chronic problems and formulate technical solutions to eliminate or anticipate issues that may lead to unscheduled downtime.
  • Continuous Improvement: Lead and participate in Root Cause Analyses (RCA's) of failures and drive Lessons Learned so that updates to specifications capture improvements for future designs.
  • Technical Programs: Lead corporate-wide Engineering Programs having applicability across the fleet as assigned.
  • Technical Standards: Support the development and maintenance of Covanta's mechanical standards and technical specifications library and serve as technical guardian of specs falling under area of subject matter expertise.
  • Leadership/Mentoring: Actively champion Covanta core values and seek to mentor junior technical employees in areas of expertise.


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited institution is required.

Certifications (if applicable):
  • Professional Engineering (PE) license in the US is desirable.
  • Six Sigma experience and certification (Green Belt or higher) is also highly desirable.

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a mechanical engineering role of increasing responsibility is required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience designing air pollution control systems with operating subject matter expertise of baghouse/fabric filters, spray dryers and scrubbers, and/or lime preparation and slaking systems is also required.
  • Air Pollution Control Systems Experience (Design and/or Operations) with an Engineering Design firm, OEM, Power Plant, Process industry (pulp & paper, petrochemical, chemical, glass, cement, steel etc.)
  • Proven track record of leading, managing and executing multiple small projects in areas of subject matter expertise is required.
  • Must have prior experience working in and around power generating plants or large industrial facilitiesand systems including boilers and combustion, steam generation and distribution, turbine generators, and balance of plant (steam condensers, feedwater pumps and systems, cooling towers and circulating cooling water systems, etc.).
  • Experience working through all phases of the project execution process, from basic conceptual design through FEL, construction, commissioning and start-up is desirable.
  • Prior experience working in an Operations and/or Maintenance support role is also desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • An ability to travel approximately 25% when needed
  • Proven problem-solving skills with the ability to analyze data to identify trends is required.
  • Experience investigating mechanical equipment and component failures with follow-up activity on improvements is required.
  • Familiarity with interpreting air emissions regulatory requirements in the design of air pollution control systems would be helpful.
  • Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills - with experience communicating across all levels of the organization - are required.
  • Must be able to manage multiple concurrent projects with minimal direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a multi-discipline team, often leading and assuming accountability for overall team deliverables, is required.


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Morristown, New Jersey

About Covanta We Help Communities Generate Energy from Waste

 Covanta (pronounced coh-van-tuh) is one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy (known as “energy-from- waste” or “EfW”), as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. Our company name represents the cooperation and advantages inherent in the partnerships we form to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions  for the communities and businesses we serve. Covanta operates and/or has ownership positions in over 40 energy-from-waste facilities in located North America, Italy and China. We also operate other waste management businesses such as transfer stations and metals recycling facilities complementary to our core EfW business.

Covanta-operated facilities in North America convert 20 million tons of trash annually into 9 million megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and generate, in combination with our other renewable energy facilities, approximately eight percent of America’s non-hydro renewable electricity.  

Better for the Environment

Energy-from-waste is a sustainable waste disposal solution that is environmentally superior to landfills. It is a source of clean energy that reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and is considered renewable under many state and federal laws. EfW projects also lower the risk of groundwater contamination and conserve land.

Covanta supports recycling and programs that enable communities to recycle as much as possible. As part of the EfW process, we recover over 400,000 tons of metal annually for recycling that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. Our modern Energy-from-Waste Facilities are an important element of an integrated municipal solid system that maximizes the recovery of energy and recycles metals while also minimizing the environmental impacts of materials remaining after recycling.

Studies have shown that communities that have an EfW facility typically enjoy higher recycling rates than the national average.1 Why? Processing MSW at Energy-from-Waste facilities for energy generation (steam or electricity) offsets, on average, one ton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for every ton of waste processed. This occurs by avoiding energy generated from fossil fuels, methane produced by decomposing trash at landfills (methane is an extremely potent GHG - about 25 times more than carbon dioxide) and recovering metals for recycling.

Safe Operations

Health and safety at Covanta is a priority at our Energy-from-Waste facilities and other operations around the world. Covanta’s health and safety commitment helps maintain consistent productivity and work quality that supports our reputation as the energy-from-waste leader. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta owned and/or operated facilities. Covanta is among the top ten companies in the U.S. to enter the majority of its operating locations into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs.

Community Involvement

We take pride in being a good corporate citizen. Each of Covanta’s North American EfW facilities is involved in a variety of local community programs. Our community programs are centered mainly around waste disposal and recycling. Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist in cleaning up local rivers, streets, parks, in addition to, participating in local household hazardous waste programs. We also sponsor programs to support local sports teams, food pantries, scholarships and cell phones for soldiers programs. In general, we collaborate with our communities to protect and improve the environment.

Covanta is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE:CVA).  For more information about our portfolio of companies, please visit investor relations.



1 According to findings from the research study entitled, “Recycling and Waste-to-Energy: Are They Compatible? 2009 Update” conducted by Governmental Advisory Associate. The study was partially sponsored by The Energy Recovery Council of which Covanta Energy is a member.

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