Water Utility Design/Projects Engineer

California Water Service | San Jose, CA

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Posted Date 10/27/2023

Water Utility Design/Projects Engineer


California Water Service


Job Description:



The Water Utility Design/Projects Engineer is primarily responsible for planning, designing, project/construction management and the overall delivery of capital projects. These projects include the replacement and/or installation of new wells, tanks, pump stations, pipelines and treatment plants. This position is located in Torrance, CA.




  • Performs advanced engineering calculations for the design of above- and belowground water system facilities


  • Designs water system facilities including, but not limited to, distribution and transmission pipelines, groundwater production and monitoring wells, well pumping stations, storage tanks, control valves, booster pump stations, pressure and surge tanks, relocation of water facilities, groundwater and surface water treatment facilities, and water facility structures


  • Performs various design-related tasks including planning, surveying, grading, drainage, roadways, foundations, government permits, land issues, easements, retaining walls, water and chemical pump design, piping, landscaping, electrical coordination, customer services and meters, hydrants, control valves, vaults, environmental issues, water quality issues, studies and water supply planning


  • Prepares construction drawings and specifications


  • Prepares construction contracts, bid documents, reviews bid submittals and recommends contract awarding


  • Specifies, develops bid packages and procures major equipment


  • Prepares requests for proposal (RFP), analyzes submittals and recommends contractor, consultant or vendor


  • Manages project scope, schedule, and budget


  • Manages and communicates with project-specific contractors, consultants, agencies, and staff


  • Prepares data tables, graphs, cost estimates, written justifications, and reports required for evaluations and projects


  • Interprets and understands engineering and construction reports and drawings and provides input or guidance


  • Prepares and publishes documents and reports for distribution to communities as well as state and local government agencies


  • Utilizes Company financial and PM software (Microsoft Project Online) to accurately monitor project costs during and at the end of a project


  • Assists in planning and preparing projects and for the Company's capital budget and Public Utility Commission (PUC) rate case filings including cost estimating and justification for projects, as well as data requests, tours, rebuttal, and settlement support


  • Provides input and assists in the preparation of the Company's annual capital budget


  • Provides technical support for system operations and maintenance


  • Presents information in public forums to state or local government agencies, special districts or local communities


  • Conducts project safety planning and develops project safety documentation


  • Oversees the progress of construction or consultant work, change orders, invoices, inspection/validation and requests for Information (RFI)


  • Meets with districts to schedule, obtain basic permits, and coordinate proposed work and projects


  • Prepares permit submittals and communicates with permitting agencies


  • Reviews drawings and works with technicians to prepare drawings for typical infrastructure improvements


  • Assesses and analyze basic problems to recommend corrective actions


  • Reviews the legal description of easements and properties for proposed facilities


  • Assists in developing water distribution system long term plan


  • Organizes and attends meetings with other Cal Water staff members and public agencies to assess problems and determine solutions


  • Conducts research on existing infrastructure using databases, maps, drawings, photos and paper files


  • Performs engineering calculations/civil design analysis to solve problems


  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level




  • Bachelor of Science degree (4 year) in Engineering or related field from accredited college or university. An Engineer in Training certificate from the applicable state would be considered equivalent to graduation


  • Master's Degree or other advanced specialty certification desired


  • Engineering in Training Certificate (EIT) or Professional Engineering License (PE) desired


  • Project management professional (PMP) certification desired


  • Good working knowledge of English and ability to effectively communicate with their supervisor, co-workers and the public


  • Ability to read and understand general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations


  • Ability to write clear and concise reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals


  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers


  • Ability to communicate and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work


  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and e-mail applications


  • Ability to perform accurate engineering or water supply, demand and reliability calculations


  • Exercises good judgement to prioritize assignments and work in order of urgency and sensitivity


  • Experience in design plan development and AutoCAD systems


  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Project Online.


  • Ability to apply engineering principles and theory


  • Ability to apply pertinent laws, regulations and codes applicable to primary job functions


  • Basic project management skills, including creating and monitoring schedules and budgets


  • Knowledge of water and waste water systems desired


  • Valid California Driver's License


Salary Range: $118,665.68 - $145,316.90


Deadline to submit resume is Thursday, November 9, 2023.


The Equal Opportunity Policy of the Company is based upon the philosophy that all people should be treated fairly and with dignity. California Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, New Mexico Water Service and Washington Water Service do not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other protected class. The Company makes all employment decisions in a non-discriminatory manner. EOE, VET, DISABILITIES.


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Job Category
State Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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