Intern Condition Assessment Engineer

College-University Recruiting | Columbia, MD, United States
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Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you!

The Role: The Condition Assessment Engineer (CAE) Intern will gain experience in and use technical knowledge and skills to provide condition assessment of critical water and wastewater pipelines. The work includes analyzing condition data to make recommendations that will influence long-term maintenance and management plans for the pipelines. The candidate will learn applicable design standards and structural analysis, perform pipeline forensics and visual inspections, and learn about the specific technologies available within Assessment Services (the business unit); detailed knowledge of when to use each of the technologies and the limitations of each to collect condition assessment data.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Analyzes multiple data points to create technical client reports; inclusive of conclusions and recommendations that will help clients turn an inspection or series of inspections into meaningful pipeline management plans
  • Perform a variety of pipeline calculations, including but not limited to pipe loading, design checks and hydraulics/surge analysis
  • Perform pipeline forensic work as part of pipe failure investigations, interventions from acoustic fiber optic (AFO) monitoring or other inspections, verify pipeline results (i.e. wall loss, wire breaks), and pipeline degradation mechanisms for water and wastewater
  • Perform sounding inspections on prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) and visual inspections of all pipelines (including metallic) using SOP’s, and under the supervision of a CAE, as the basis for observations
  • Participate in, under the supervision of a Sr. CAE, in client meetings to further support proposals or findings included in the client technical report
  • Participate in training for First Aid/CPR/AED, Fall Arrest, and Confined Space in order to perform field work opportunities
  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities


  • Currently enrolled in a college or university for a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
  • Preferred, but not required, to have related field experience in engineering
  • Ability to excel in a team-oriented environment; developing and contributing subject matter expertise
  • Ability to take initiative, seek out problems to solve and communicate technical concepts in terms that less technical individuals can understand
  • Demonstrates thorough attention to detail and willingness to learn,  practices rechecking personal work and seeking second opinions as required
  • Adept at working in a cross-functional, matrix environment that is highly collaborative
  • Demonstrate confidence when speaking; can engage in technical discussions with an open mind and can be persuasive and influential when needed

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Hispanic Origin & Latin Affinity, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

(The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters and must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend, and move about the facility
  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements
  • Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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