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Employment Opportunities

Sheppard T. Powell Associates, LLC (STPA) revamped its laboratory in 2017 and its website in 2018. We look forward to growth in our business and organization in the coming years. This will require a mixture of new part-time and full-time personnel. If you would like to join our organization, we encourage you to submit a résumé to our office manager ( From time to time, STPA may have a particular need which will be posted in this section. The strength of our organization is the extensive experience, honesty, care, consideration and work ethic of the members and employees of STPA. STPA has a reputation for attracting people interested in a career of lifelong learning and service. The owners of STPA recognize that as we ask personnel to diligently perform high-quality work and plan on a long-term commitment to our organization, we have to recognize also that loyalty is a two-way street. When personnel become part of the STPA family, we recognize that each has an existing family that should not be neglected. We strive to be supportive of our employees’ personal needs. We also provide a generous health care program and contributions to Simple IRA programs for our full-time employees.

Full Time Water Treatment Consultant for Pulp & Paper and Power Industries

STPA is seeking an individual interested in a career providing water treatment consulting services primarily for the pulp & paper and power industries. These services require a blend of international and domestic travel, working at mills and power plants and performing office work. This full-time employment position would require working at our offices in Baltimore – when not visiting client facilities.

A B.S. degree in science or engineering and at least three to five years of water treatment and confined space inspection experience are required. Water treatment contractor experience is welcome. The full-time consultant is expected to spend about 10-30 days per year performing internal crawl-through equipment inspections of steam/mud drums, deaerators, condensers, and other related equipment. Typically these  are performed as part of 1-7-day mill/plant visits, which may include other consulting services. Other common consulting services may include the following.

  • Steam/water cycle chemistry reviews.
  • Interpretation of various laboratory analyses results for tube, pipe, deposit and water samples.
  • Failure, corrosion and/or deposition investigations.
  • Steam purity studies.
  • Plant commissioning.
  • Chemistry manual development and/or training seminars.
  • Makeup water treatment system evaluations and design.
  • Troubleshooting makeup treatment systems and steam/water cycle chemistry problems.
  • Chemical cleaning planning and supervision.
  • Cooling water treatment.

Selected individuals must be self-motivated, independent, eager to learn, personable, respectful of others, a leader when required, and able to work well both alone and with project teams. Self-education using our extensive collection of reference materials is expected. Development and presentation of technical papers and participation in relevant technical societies are encouraged. Spanish language capability and experience with chemical cleanings are desired, but not required.

STPA is an equal opportunity employer, participates in E-Verify, and maintains a drug-free workplace. Job offers are contingent upon confirmation of education, qualifications, and experience presented, and successful completion of the background check, E-Verify and pre-employment drug testing. A valid driver’s license and passport are required for travel purposes to client’s facilities. Candidates who wish to be considered for employment should submit a résumé to