At Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc., we know that water is a precious resource – one that plays a critical role in sustaining life. That’s why we take seriously our mission: protecting and providing Earth’s most essential resource. At Aqua, we are guided by a set of principles that embody the character of our company and inspire our work together. They are embedded within our business practices and our behavior. We are proud to be united by integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence to be the best we can be for the customers and communities we serve.
Together, the women and men of Aqua, a subsidiary of Essential Utilities, Inc. serve 1 million customers across eight states. Aqua uses science, technology, capital investments, and amazing talent to provide communities with clean, safe drinking water and responsibly return wastewater to our rivers and streams. Join our team and make a difference!
Are you looking for a fantastic career at Aqua? We have a great opportunity for an Engineering Manager to oversee and/or conduct facilities planning, design engineering and project management, and the capital budget planning and budgeting for regional water and wastewater systems. The Engineering Manager will report directly to the President of Aqua Illinois.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Facility planning to identify current and future capital improvements necessary to maintain proper water and wastewater service and to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.
- Collaborate with state and regional operations in the development, implementation and monitoring of annual capital improvement plans that identify and prioritize capital projects. Assist in the development of annual capital budgets across the state, including assessing alternative design approaches, alternative selection and estimating project costs.
- Management of the Illinois Engineering team, third party contracting firms, and maintain a collaborate relationship with the Corporate Engineering team.
- Develop and implement state/regional engineering-related policies along with participation in the development and implementation of engineering policies. Supervise and/or perform the design and construction of statewide capital and maintenance projects, including preparation of contract documents and development of cost estimates, utilizing both in-house and contract resources, as required.
- Prepare cost estimates for capital projects, and construction schedules for the work. Oversee design and construction activities to achieve budget and schedule compliance. These are critical activities to ensure that company financial, compliance and operational objectives are met.
- Coordinate design and construction phases of projects with personnel of all regional divisions and of other departments, outside contractors, and suppliers to ensure all operational needs are addressed, and obtain all needed inputs for design.
- Prepare or direct the preparation of permit applications for construction of assigned capital projects. Applications cover a wide range of land development, zoning, construction, and environmental approvals, at the local and State levels, and at times, at the Federal level. Meet with political officials and regulatory agency personnel to obtain project permits and authorizations.
- Represent the Company at various federal, state and local levels. Establish and maintain positive public relations with key customers, local officials, state and federal regulators, other state agencies, elected officials and industry groups.
- Provide engineering due diligence services for company acquisitions and other business development activities. Identify capital improvement needs for candidate systems and estimate the costs and timing of needed improvements.
- Oversee timely maintenance of water system maps, records, and electronic data (i.e. hydraulic models, standard specifications, etc.).
- Maintain standard design and materials specifications for water and wastewater infrastructure.
- Assist in the review and applications of new technologies that would improve water quality or service to customers.
- Attend study forums conducted by various government agencies and professional organizations. Participate in state regulatory activities including attending meetings, preparing technical support and testimony as required.
- Coordinate engineering efforts to support the Aqua Illinois Regulatory Compliance Manager including communication with management on the status of compliance with environmental regulations, regulatory agencies, Notices of Violation and agency administrative actions.
- Coordinate engineering efforts to support the Aqua Illinois Director of Operations including communication with operations management on status of future and current projects and budget coordination.
- Maintenance of positive relations with regulatory agency personnel, answer questions from regulators, and respond to agency correspondence.
- Review of new and pending regulations, and determination of potential impact on the company. Preparation of testimony where appropriate and drafting of compliance strategies.
- Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATIONAL & QUALIFICATIONS:
- College graduate with a bachelor's degree in Civil, Environmental, or Sanitary Engineering.
- Must be a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois or in another state and have the ability to obtain Illinois registration with six (6) months.
- Ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years experience in water and wastewater engineering, of which at least 5 years has been as a licensed engineer with project design responsibilities.
- Must have the ability to deal effectively with employees, local officials, regulatory agencies, customers and the public.
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate in writing with ability to accurately prepare technical reports.
- Position requires frequent travel within the state.
- Valid U.S. Drivers License.