Jim Courchaine

Vice President of Operations and Business Practices

For the past seven years, Jim has served as a Vice President for Tata & Howard leading innovations in water, wastewater, storm water and hazardous waste engineering. Prior to that, Jim served in senior advisor and subject-matter expert roles with other national engineering firms.

He began his career as a truck driver/laborer in the water and sewer department of the town of Burlington, Massachusetts. In 1980, Jim was named Manager of the Water and Sewer Division in Concord, Massachusetts. Because of Jim’s extensive management, operations and leadership abilities, he was asked to develop and teach wastewater collection systems courses at the University of Lowell as a Subject Matter Expert. Jim taught these courses at night for 11 years while continuing his full-time jobs as Manager of Water and Sewer, and later as an Infiltration/Inflow Program Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In 1992, Jim became the Director of Water and Wastewater for the town of Needham, Massachusetts. Jim received water and wastewater certificates from the University of Lowell in 2000. 

Jim was recognized as a 2018 Water Environment Federation (WEF) Fellow for his distinguished accomplishments and professional achievements in the global water environment. The WEF Fellows Program recognizes the expertise and professional achievements of members who have practiced in WEF service areas including design, education, operations, regulation, research, utility management and leadership.