• Electrical & Controls Engineer II (Project Engineer)

    Job Locations US-KS-Kansas City
    Posted Date 3 months ago(5/15/2019 4:52 PM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    WaterOne is an independent public water utility. We’ve been proudly serving the Johnson County, Kansas area since 1957. Every day, nearly 425,000 customers rely on WaterOne to provide fresh, clean water on demand. It’s a responsibility we deliver on. 


    Our passion is water because water touches everything we care about: family, health, safety, and community. We serve our community by bringing award-winning water to their homes, businesses, and public places.




    The purpose of this position is to perform detailed designs, calculations, cost estimates, plans and specifications for contract documents and evaluations of various types of water works improvements projects.  Also performs or assists with construction management duties, inspection of the construction work, various levels of field investigations, and review of consulting engineers’ designs.  Operates, when assigned, in a consulting capacity to other departments in technical engineering matters.  The assignments are screened for unusual or difficult portions of a job and a recommended procedure is laid out by the supervisor; all other portions of the work should be able to be approached by the use of standardized techniques.


    Customer Service Commitment


    WaterOne employees shall continuously strive to meet or exceed the expectations of both their internal and external customers.  Questions and concerns shall be acknowledged on the same day whenever possible, but no later than the next business day.  Issues shall be resolved as promptly as possible, with the goal of maximizing customer satisfaction.


    Essential Functions


    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    • Make sure that projects are properly accomplished by providing, under close supervision, technical design and progress assistance based on sound engineering principles.
    • Create accurate engineering drawings by providing engineering assistance to Engineering Technicians, and Project Engineers.
    • Ensure completion of all projects on time by complying with project schedules based on project priorities and target dates.
    • Produce comprehensive specifications for obtaining materials, services and equipment at the best price. This may include value analysis and recommendations on purchasing.
    • Assist other departments by providing technical engineering opinions and data.
    • Advise WaterOne crews on technical matters while carrying out projects the engineer may have designed.
    • Coordinate assignments with area consulting engineers and governmental agencies.
    • Maintain communications with area professionals in related fields such as city, state, and county public works, fire departments, street and highway departments in matters relating to WaterOne.
    • Administer construction contracts, through the design, specifications, contract documents, bidding, and construction phases, pay estimates and change order documentation.
    • Perform engineering design calculations; produce layout drawings, plans, and specifications for improvement projects as assigned. Also ensure that these projects are in compliance with all appropriate standards and within WaterOne budget.
    • Direct the activities of staff assigned to assist with projects.
    • Provide estimates and projections of anticipated costs for improvement projects for annual budgeting purposes.
    • Assist with developing and maintaining design and installation criteria and design and installation standards for WaterOne facilities.
    • Maintain up to date knowledge on water industry materials, processes, and technology.
    • Assist with developing and maintaining an ongoing asset management plan for WaterOne.


    Other Duties


    • Ensure understanding between WaterOne and outside organizations by using objectivity, understanding and communication.
    • Perform all duties pertaining to hazardous waste operations in accordance with all applicable requirements.
    • Performs other job duties as assigned.


    Required Education, Skills & Experience


    • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical or Instrumentation and Controls Engineering from a properly accredited school.
    • Must be working towards or have a Professional Engineer License in the State of Kansas.
    • Requires up to 4 years or more technical experience related to the Skills and Experience bullets listed herein.
    • All electrical design for the Systems Department, including circuit design of electrical panels for motor controls, process instrumentation and controls; Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), AutoCad drawings; Bill of Materials for electrical parts; and operating manuals.
    • Willingness to work on non-electrical/controls projects as assigned. The types of projects may include building exterior restoration, roofing, sitework, minor mechanical and plumbing systems.
    • Good communication skills both orally and in writing.
    • Thorough knowledge of engineering theory and practice.
    • Knowledge of computer technology with emphasis on use of CAD software.
    • Ability to approach problem solving in a logical manner.
    • Well organized and able to set priorities.
    • Able to work on several projects concurrently.
    • Assimilate information from several sources to complete a project.
    • Exercise good judgment, must be innovative and be able to respond to occasional emergencies.
    • Maintain good working relationships and be teamwork oriented.
    • Have experience with or have the ability to learn and apply all applicable requirements pertaining to hazardous waste operations.
    • Possess a valid driver's license and meet WaterOne driving standards.
    • Must pass post offer medical exam, including drug screen and background verification (may not apply to current employees).


    Preferred Education, Skills & Experience


    • Experience with Allen Bradley PLCs and Wonderware SCADA software.
    • Experience in engineering and technical work associated with a water utility.
    • Knowledge of water utility construction standards and Contracting issues in the construction industry.
    • Understanding of water utility construction contract document preparation and administration thereof.
    • Experience with enterprise resource planning software, such as SAP.

    Core Competencies


    These key core competencies are expected to be demonstrated by each employee at WaterOne:


    • Customer Focus - Demonstrates a concern for satisfying both internal and external customers and builds collaborative relationships with customers and stakeholders.
    • Communicates Effectively - Demonstrates the ability to listen and express oneself effectively.
    • Interpersonal Savvy - Demonstrates the ability to effectively coordinate with others to achieve goals and solve problems by maintain flexibility and open mindedness.
    • Problem Solving/Drive for Results - Demonstrates the ability to find solutions to complex problems.
    • Conscientiousness - Expresses the motivation to perform one's job in a careful, thorough way that adheres to the standards of honesty and integrity.


    Position Competencies


    In addition to organizational competencies, these key competencies are expected to be demonstrated by each employee in this position:


    • Adaptability & Flexibility – Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
    • Analysis & Reasoning – Examines data to grasp issues, draw conclusions, and solve problems.
    • Decision Making & Judgement – Makes timely, informed decisions that take into account the facts, goals, constraints, and risks.
    • Project Planning – Develops and manages projects.
    • Job Knowledge – Work reflects adequate knowledge of job, stays current with major job impacts, accepts change, and understands how job interacts with other positions.

    Physical Requirements


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    The employee must be able to move/lift items weighing up to 40 pounds occasionally. The employee must be able to use a computer for five hours a day. The employee must be able to move occasionally from one location to another or be able to remain in a stationary position for up to several hours a day. The employee must be able to use office productivity equipment such as a personal computer, calculator, printer, and copy machine. The employee must be in possession of a licenses and be able to operate a vehicle at any given time. The employee must occasionally position self to inspect or view field activities.


    Work Environment


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    This job operates in both the field and a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate except when in the field on a jobsite.


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