If only establishing a direction for your career were as easy as... or stopped with... declaring a major. But a degree is only a step. To help you take the next step, we've designed EDGE... an early-career rotation program that allows you to choose different functional areas and business units, providing exposure to an office environment as well as field or client-facing work.
You'll build your technical and strategic skills, sharpen your business and communications chops... all while working within a structured training curriculum and receiving ongoing feedback from your mentor, senior leadership, and other seasoned pros.
Membership is selective, a strong commitment and a high degree of flexibility will help you get the most from the program.
To give you the greatest possible exposure to BV's functional areas and roles, EDGE Program rotations vary in length to fit the need of the project and are typically 12 to 18 months. Rotation paths are available for all major BV businesses, and include:
- Engineering Technician
- Project Controls
- Corporate Operations
In order to give you the most complete experience possible, your rotation will include a minimum of one field and one office role. Participants are typically part of the program for 3-4 years, completing 3-4 rotations during that time.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for participation in the EDGE Program, interested employees must:
- Have a minimum of a Bachelors degree, with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater preferred.
- Have less than 2 years of professional experience relevant to Black & Veatch. Internships will not count towards years of experience, but BV interns may join the program after starting full-time at Black & Veatch.
- Be willing and able to travel and/or relocate.
- Be open to learning a variety of roles and moving between business units.
- In a screening interview, demonstrate learning agility, adaptability, initiative, and an interest in continued learning and development.
- Have work authorized that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment in the United States and with Black & Veatch.
Proposal Manager, Power | University of Missouri-Kansas City
I started off in Power Delivery as an electrical engineer. And then did a mini rotation where I went to Telecom to work. Then I started looking into a field assignment. I got a lot of warning beforehand that it is a very different environment, but it's something that I actually ended up loving. While I was out in the field I was given an introduction to another professional who was in proposals. I didn't realize it but she realized that this might be an opportunity where I can utilize my strengths and learn a lot. The EDGE Program was a safe space for me to figure out what I wanted to do.
Project Development Analyst, Diode Ventures | University of Kansas
My first rotation was as a Water Resources Engineer in our Planning and Asset Management group in Water. And it kind of hit this range of very technical, very engineering related processes and calculations to kind of the business behind the decisions that are made on a city level and the factors that go into those decisions and the engineering behind it. That was a really enlightening experience. And I think all of my experiences in the EDGE program are definitely gearing me toward the kind of position or the kind of career that I am after ultimately.
Lead Cost Engineer/Scheduler, Power | Rockhurst University
And I remember I had 24 hours roughly to decide between a Power position and the EDGE Program. My gut just kind of told me I've always loved traveling and trying new things, and I thrive off of being challenged. It was honestly a very easy transition for starting a career. In my rotations, I found that when people see that you don't have as much experience, they're willing to show you everything. So I asked maybe 100 questions a day. Especially in the beginning. It's important to remember as an EDGE professional that they want you to add value because that team's investing in you.