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Engineering Trainee/Engineering Associate/Professional Environment Engineer (210349)

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Topeka (Full-Time)

Posted: Sep 22, 2023


Job Description:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has an Engineering Trainee/Engineer Associate/Professional Environmental Engineer opening in Topeka. The Bureau of Air, Permitting Unit, is seeking a candidate for an engineering associate, or engineering trainee position. Responsibilities include review of construction and operating permit applications, source information, air emission calculations, and other documents provided by permit applicants for compliance with the Clear Air Act federal regulations and Kansas Air Quality Regulations.

A successful candidate will have a B.S. in engineering and have an interest in working in the environmental field. The engineering associate positions will require an Engineer in Training or Fundamentals of Engineering Certificate recognized by the Kansas Board of Technical Professions.  Candidates need not be familiar with air quality regulations to apply. Training with experienced professionals will be provided. In addition to on-the-job training, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment offers a positive work environment with flexible work hours, competitive benefits, a team environment, and work life balance.  The typical work week is 40 hours.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

Reviews applications from assigned facilities which range from simple to complex of the following: approvals, permits, renewals and modifications, including Prevention of Significant Deterioration permits.  The review may include PSD permit application modeling reports, policy documents, agreements, technical summaries, and other required documents to address special topics such as BACT analysis and nonattainment.  Upon completion of this review a draft permit is developed for an internal concurrence process. Applications are reviewed independently to ensure all necessary detailed information is provided. Contacts with applicants for clarification of submitted information to request additional information check source information, and emission calculations provided by permit applicants. Checks to see all appropriate regulations qualifies for class of permit requested. Approvals are reviewed and approved by the supervisor. Permits receive a quality control review by a senior engineer and permits are approved by supervisor and Section Chief.  All reviews occur at the time a draft permit has been submitted for concurrence.

Independently develops approvals and permits which range from simple to complex Class I and Class II Operating permits and Construction permits. Permits are developed ensuring adherence to all federal and State regulations and Bureau of Air policies and procedures and may require detailed descriptions of applicable requirements. Once a draft permit has completed the internal concurrence process, the permit is issued to the applicant.  Approvals are reviewed by the supervisor; most routine permits are reviewed by a senior engineer for quality control; and complex permits are reviewed by supervisor and Section Chief.

Assures that all statutory, regulatory, contractual, and procedural requirements have been satisfied prior to issuance of a permit including notifications to EPA required by agreement of EPA. This final step in the issuance of simple and complex permits is to ensure that EPA requirements have been met. These requirements are usually reviewed during the internal concurrence process; however, EPA does review and comment on some of these permits in addition to auditing the permit program. During the concurrence process, work is reviewed for compliance with all applicable requirements.  Maintain knowledge of regulatory requirements that apply to assigned facilities through meetings, seminars, conferences, and other staff development opportunities.  Work is reviewed for results by the supervisor.



The minimum level of education and experience required to perform the job.

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering

Licensing & Certification: 

  • Valid Driver’s License – Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver’s license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Any additional skills, experiences, or qualifications that would be beneficial, but aren’t strictly necessary.

Engineering Trainee Position

  • Working towards obtaining an intern engineering certification while in position

Engineering Associate Position

  • Engineer in Training or Fundamentals of Engineering Certificate recognized by the Board of Technical Professions

Professional Engineer Position

  • Professional engineering license recognized by the Kansas Board of Technical Professions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Engineering Trainee Position

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.

Engineering Associate Position

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.
  • Engineer in Training or Fundamentals of Engineering Certificate recognized by the Board of Technical Professions.

Professional Engineer Position

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.
  • Professional engineering license recognized by the Kansas Board of Technical Professions.


  • Engineering Trainee – $30.48 per hour
  • Engineering Associate – $33.58 per hour
  • Professional Engineer – $84,870.24 annually

About the Position: 

  • Who can apply: Anyone (External)
  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified
  • Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Flexible schedules available)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veterans’ Preference Eligible: Yes

Employment Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

How to Apply:

Specific instructions for applying, which might include submitting a resume, cover letter, list of references, or completing an online application.

  • Please include the Job ID number (210349)  when emailing.

Job Application Process:  Only applications submitted within our State of Kansas Careers Portal will be considered.

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  • Upload required documents listed for each specific job posting.
  • Start your draft job application, upload other required documents, and Submit when it is complete.
    • Manage your draft and submitted applications on the Careers> My Job Applications page.
  • Check your email and My Job Notifications for written communications from the Recruiter.
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Contact Information:

[email protected]

Salary Range

$ $30.48 to $40.80