Water Engineer

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Jul 01, 2020
Full Time Engineering Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Salary: $95,388.80 - $136,531.20 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Description


Tacoma Water has a unique opportunity for multiple Water Utility engineers to join our new Planning & Engineering Section. The Planning & Engineering Section is responsible for performing planning and engineering services related to the following:
  • Water supply forecasting and water resource needs.
  • Water quality, water treatment and regulatory compliance at the 150 million-gallons-per-day Green River Filtration Facility, in-town groundwater systems, and throughout the distribution system.
  • Regional transmission of water supply through 150 miles of large-diameter water mains, pumping stations, standpipes, and reservoirs.
  • Local water distribution to our customers through over 1,250 miles of small-diameter water mains.
  • Electrical, communications, instrumentation and control, and cathodic protection equipment.

Our section has opportunities for engineers at all levels of experience, from recent college graduates through experienced professional engineers with expertise in hydraulics, design of water infrastructure and facilities, water system planning, water quality and water treatment, levels of service development, seismic risk management, and extensive project and program management.

If you are interested in growth and development in your career, serving your community, being mentored (or developing staff), and having the potential to gain direct experience in every aspect of water system planning and design, we want to hear from you! The ideal candidates are self-motivated, enjoy collaborating in teams, and want to be part of a learning culture.

You would be joining the Planning & Engineering team in Tacoma Water, a group of highly skilled professionals responsible for supporting delivery of water to over 300,000 customers. Our values are safety, customer-driven, employee invested, stewardship, and adaptability. We are a collaborative team that is proud to deliver services beyond our customers' expectations. We are looking forward to meeting you and hearing the great ideas you have to help us make a difference in the way we work and thrive at Tacoma Water.

Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
We have immediate openings in the following areas of Planning and Engineering:

System and Asset Planning
The System and Asset Planning group is responsible for developing and maintaining the overall plan for Tacoma's water system. We focus on system demands, development, hydraulics, levels of service, risk and resiliency to ensure that we can guarantee our customers safe and reliable water supply for future generations.

We also focus on managing Tacoma Water's Asset Management Program. Asset Management is defined as an integrated set of processes to minimize the lifecycle costs of owning, operating and maintaining assets, at an acceptable level of risk, while continuously delivering established levels of service.

Water System Planning Engineer
  • Oversee development of Tacoma Water's Water System Plan.
  • Incorporate hydraulic modeling, demand and development projections, and levels of service into comprehensive system planning and service area management.
  • Condition assessment and leak detection program development and management.
  • Oversee planning for seismic resiliency and critical backbone infrastructure.
  • Support development of business case evaluations (BCEs) to identify and justify capital projects.

Project Delivery
The Project Delivery group is responsible for design, procurement of construction/consultant services, and managing the construction for water infrastructure projects. Our group consists of technicians, engineers, and inspectors that oversee the entire life cycle of a project from design to construction to commissioning. We work on water main projects located throughout our service area which spans 7 municipalities and 2 counties and consists of water mains from 4-inch at local neighborhoods to 90-inch for regional transmission. We also oversee the design of vertical infrastructure, like buildings, pump stations, standpipes, reservoirs, and water treatment facilities.

Distribution Infrastructure Engineer
  • Support project design and execution for Tacoma Water's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for distribution mains and associated infrastructure.
  • Manage water main projects by developing project scopes, scheduling, and coordinating with cross-functional teams and external agencies.
  • Develop engineering design drawings including review of record documentation, designing utility alignment/profiles and water system connections and shutdowns.
  • Support design through construction contract administration, by resolving construction issues and developing change order documents.
  • Manage the program of water main distribution projects throughout the service area by coordinating with internal and external stakeholders, resourcing, and overseeing the programmatic level budget and schedule.

Transmission and Vertical Infrastructure Engineer
  • Support project design and execution for Tacoma Water's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for transmission mains and associated infrastructure, reservoirs, pump stations, standpipes, water treatment facilities, and other water utility facilities.
  • Manage water transmission and vertical infrastructure projects by developing project scopes, scheduling, and coordinating with cross-functional teams and external agencies.
  • Direct and manage external consultants on scope, schedule, and budget of capital projects.
  • Support design through construction contract administration, by resolving construction issues and developing change order documents.
  • Manage the program of transmission and vertical infrastructure projects throughout the service area by coordinating with internal and external stakeholders, resourcing, and overseeing the programmatic level budget and schedule.


Qualifications

Professional Engineer Qualifications:
  • Four year degree from an accredited college or university
  • Washington State Professional Engineer license or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment
  • 5+ years of professional experience desired
  • Valid Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record.
Principal Engineer Qualifications:
  • Four year degree from an accredited college or university
  • Washington State Professional Engineer license or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment
  • 5+ years of professional experience as a Professional Engineer with lead or supervision experience required
  • 10+ years of professional experience desired
  • 3+ years of supervisor experience desired
  • Valid Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
  • Professional Engineer License.
  • Valid Washington Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Position may require driving, sitting, standing, walking or climbing for long periods of time.
Work performed in office, field and other environments.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Marisa Tetreault; if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma
Tacoma is one of the nation's healthiest, safest, and most playful cities. We have daily access to stunning natural surroundings and a great quality of life. We are Washington's most diverse big city, with arts, culture, parks, and recreational opportunities that are envied by much larger cities. We recognize how lucky we are, but we know we can make it even better....TOGETHER!

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of theTheaFossWaterway, the expansions of both theMultiCareand Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location - just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast - only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

Interested individuals should complete an online applicationand attacha resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position may be invited to participate in an interview.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to successfully passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from cityoftacoma.org and/or neogov.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before 5pm on the closing date.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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