Planning Engineer

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/18/17
5 - 7 years experience
Energy & Environmental Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/18/17

Primary Role

Responsible for strategic, long-term water and wastewater system planning. The planning process includes recommending projects or approaches to address needs related to sources of supply, treatment, storage, pumping and transmission of water and needs related to collection system and treatment capacity of water and wastewater systems within American Water. The planning engineer also has technical and project management supervision over consulting project managers/engineers, and/or project support engineers or technicians.

This position is also responsible for conducting or reviewing water and wastewater system capacity and service escalations associated with service extension projects or other potential service growth opportunities. Prepare or assist in the preparation of detailed asset investment plans considering the cost, timing, prioritization, operational need and risk, strategic investment fit and other pertinent factors surrounding individual projects or investment programs.

Key Accountabilities

  • Coordination and preparation of strategic water system planning studies (comprehensive or targeted, issue based studies as appropriate) as assigned. (50%)
  • Preparation and maintenance of asset investment plans and strategic capital expenditure plans as assigned. Plans to accurately address operational needs, operational efficiencies, asset management and strategic investment goals set by the Corporation based upon prioritization models. (20%)
  • System capacity evaluations, analysis of source, production, distribution, storage, or other system deficiencies as assigned to support ongoing operations, service extension requests or regional growth opportunities. (10%)
  • Ability to serve as a competent technical resource on Water System Planning matters including capital planning, safe yield analysis, demand projections, production adequacy, transmission and distribution adequacy, computerized hydraulic modeling and analysis, water conservation, regionalization, and other pertinent subjects as needed to support operational and business needs. Present results of engineering analysis to interested parties within and outside ofthe company, including expert testimony, presentations to Regulatory agencies and Senior Company Management. (10%)
  • Pursues educational opportunities and professional development to  enhance performance and contributions to the organization. (5%)
  • Contribute to effective communication by listening and providing constructive feedback; supporting the creation of an open and honest work environment; cascading and sharing knowledge and information relevant to other members of the team and colleagues across the business. (5%)

Knowledge / Skills

  • Demonstrated competency in asset planning, water system comprehensive master planning, distribution system hydraulic modeling or equivalent water system design experience.
  • Broad knowledge of Engineering (planning, design, construction) related to water facilities.
  • Working knowledge of regulatory developments, new technology and current trends in water quality, treatment and Engineering economics.
  • Knowledge of Company Operations.
  • Leadership ability and interpersonal skills, as well as, solid verbal and written communication skills and keen listening abilities.
  • Detail oriented to conduct through analysis and evaluations, render and implement timely decisions and recommendations.


Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Experience / Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.
  • Professional Engineering (PE) license required.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in water resources planning.


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