Environmental Engineering Intern

JOB TITLE:  Environmental Engineering Intern

LOCATION: Brewery, Comstock, MI

REPORTS TO:  Environmental Engineer

FLSA POSITION TYPE: Variable Hours, Hourly (Paid) Non-Exempt

INTERNSHIP DATES: 06/04/2018 – 08/24/2018

EXTERNAL POSTING DATES:  04/09/2018-04/29/2018



POSITION SUMMARY: The Environmental Engineering intern will determine the strength, as measured by Chemical Oxygen Demand, Total Suspended solids, and Ammonia in varied sources of brewery effluent including but not limited to beer, wort, spent yeast, packaging operations and cleaning events.   Also responsible for supporting daily analytical testing required for operation of the Bell’s Bioenergy Building, a greater then 120k gallon per day anaerobic industrial pretreatment facility with combined heat and power generation. Using the data collected, intern will summarize the impacts of various mixtures of wastewater on the Bell’s Bioenergy Building.  



• Adheres to and advances the “Safety Always” culture of Bell’s Brewery, Inc., 

• Sample sources of brewery wastewater including but not limited to different types of beer, wort, spent yeast, clean in place (CIP) operations, filling of kegs, cans, and bottles operations, draining of returned kegs, and carbon filter backwashing.

• Characterize each source for Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Suspended Solids (TSS), pH, and Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN).

• Analyze, and evaluate the impact on the Bioenergy Building operations of different sources of COD discharged from the Brewery.   

• Collects daily samples from equalization tank, reactors, and effluent composite for daily laboratory analysis including, but not limited to Chemical Oxygen Demand, soluble Chemical Oxygen Demand, Total Suspended Solids, Volatile Suspended Solids, Total Solids, Volatile Solids, Volatile Acids, Ammonia, Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Iron, and Alkalinity. 

• Assists the Environmental Engineer in the interpretation of laboratory and operational analytics to prescribe daily feed rates, feed temperatures, pH balancing, nutrient additions, and maintenance plans. 

• Collects operational analytics including, but not limited to reactor bed depth, Imhoff cone samples, and biogas quality. 

• Performs and maintains meticulous records of laboratory, operational analytics and daily inspections of mechanical systems. 

• Performs operational tasks in the bioenergy building including, but not limited to, cleaning basket strainers, emptying the screening solids hopper, and blowing down biogas condensate.   

• Compares these results to brewery operational schedules and chemical usage.

• Compiles results of characterization and present findings. 

• Assists the Environmental Engineer in maintaining and tracking Bioenergy Building Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

• Support department leads on execution of sustainability and environmental programs 

• Creates an end-of-program presentation to be given to members of the management team.

Additional duties may be assigned as necessary.



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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  



• PC skills, specifically Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word and PowerPoint)

• Laboratory Equipment including:

o Micropipettors

o Incubators

o Muffle Furnace

o Spectrometer

o Stereoscope



• Experience in a laboratory setting performing tasks including but not limited to:

o Safe Chemical Handling techniques

o Pipetting

o Spectrophotometry

o Equipment calibration

• Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to effectively collaborate with diverse groups.

• Strong analysis and data collection skills

• An extremely detail-oriented work ethic.

• A self-motivated approach.



• In pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, or other relevant field.

• Knowledge of anaerobic wastewater treatment 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb.

• Ability to talk, hear, and smell.

• Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 58 lbs. 

• Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms. Use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.

• Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. 


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 

• That of a food processing facility, a warehouse facility, as well as an office environment.

• A food processing facility is a continuously clean/sterile environment.

• The noise level in certain parts of the brewery is occasionally loud (80-90 dB).

• The employee regularly works around high voltage, flame, hot water, and steam.

• The employee regularly works with hazardous materials.

• The employee works near moving mechanical parts.

• The employee works on wet floors and with wet equipment.




Bell’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer