Project Engineer

Job Locations US-KS-Lenexa
Posted Date 4 months ago(1/31/2020 11:11 AM)
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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.




In this position, individuals will have the opportunity to have an exciting and challenging career designing watermains from start to finish and so much more.  You will be your own project manager while getting to provide detailed designs, calculations, cost estimates, plans, drawings, specifications for contract documents, and evaluations of various types of water works improvement projects.  You will also coordinate engineering and administration of construction between WaterOne and other utilities, engineering firms, developers, and public works entities and operate in a consulting capacity to other departments on technical engineering issues when assigned.  There is never a boring moment while being a Project Engineer at WaterOne!


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.


  • Review plans submitted by outside entities for municipal capital improvement projects and determine effects on WaterOne facilities.
  • Assist other departments by providing technical engineering opinions and data.
  • Assist with developing overall departmental priorities for and scheduling of WaterOne construction crews.
  • Assist and advise WaterOne construction personnel to ensure complete understanding of project intent and on issues that develop prior to or during construction.
  • Assist with maintaining the asset management program for the distribution system.
  • Assist with drafting specifications necessary to obtain materials, services, and equipment.
  • Act as WaterOne liaison for projects designed and administered by outside engineering consultants.
  • Assist with review on all designs, reports, specifications, and recommendations completed by outside engineering consultants on behalf of WaterOne.
  • Communicate and coordinate with municipalities, consulting engineers, other utilities, and fire protection entities in matters relating to the WaterOne Distribution System.
  • Ensure all projects are in compliance with WaterOne Rules and Regulations.
  • Assist with maintaining and updating WaterOne Standard Operating Practices, material standards, and construction standards for the distribution system.
  • Complete design, cost analysis of various methods/alignments, and cost estimate of waterworks facilities related to new construction, relocations, and/or replacements based on WaterOne Standards.


Other Duties


  • Continue professional growth and development by attending conferences/seminars/workshops/webinars.
  • Draft Action Item Summaries for Board action.
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.


Required Education, Skills & Experience


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering from an accredited school.
  • Thorough knowledge of engineering theory and practice.
  • EIT/FE certificate required and working toward PE license in the State of Kansas.
  • Certification by California State University Sacramento in Water Distribution System Operation and Maintenance is required or obtained within 12 months from date in position.
  • Certification as a Grade I Water Distribution Operator is required or obtained within 24 months from date in position.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in engineering and technical work, preferably with a water utility.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings.
  • Ability to develop design drawings and specifications for construction of water works improvements.
  • Knowledge of construction contract documents.
  • Knowledge of water utility construction.
  • Knowledge of issues affecting water utilities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of software with emphasis in Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook.
  • Proficiency or ability to become proficient in the use of SAP, GIS, AIMS, SharePoint, computer aided drafting, and hydraulic modeling software applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be a good listener.
  • Knowledge of legal descriptions of land.
  • Knowledge of easements.
  • Able to work independently with time spent outdoors for field duties.
  • Ability to approach problem solving in a logical manner with attention to detail.
  • Well organized and able to set priorities.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Ability to assimilate information from several sources to complete a project.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships and be teamwork oriented.
  • Project a professional image and demeanor.
  • Proven ability to exercise good judgment and be innovative.
  • Able to respond to occasional emergencies, which may occur outside normal work hours.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and continuously meet WaterOne driving standards.
  • Pass post offer medical exam, including drug screen and background verification.


Preferred Education, Skills & Experience


  • Experience with enterprise resource planning software such as SAP is a plus.

Core Competencies


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


  • Communicates Effectively – Demonstrates ability to listen and express oneself effectively and shares information as appropriate for the position needed to perform the job effectively.
  • Conscientiousness – Expresses the motivation to perform one's job in a careful, thorough way that adheres to the standards of honesty and integrity.
  • Customer Focus – Demonstrates a concern for satisfying both internal and external customers and builds collaborative relationships with customers and stakeholders.
  • Interpersonal Savvy – Demonstrates the ability to effectively coordinate with others to achieve goals and solve problems by maintaining flexibility and open mindedness.
  • Problem Solving/Drive for Results – Demonstrates the ability to find solutions to complex problems and consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances.


Position Competencies


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


  • Adaptability and Flexibility – Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities.
  • Dependability – Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and achieves results with little oversight.
  • Development and Continual Learning – Displays an ongoing commitment to learning and self-improvement.
  • Project Planning and Management – Develops and manages projects while tracking costs, time, and resources.
  • Safety and Security Focus – Adheres to all workplace safety and security policies, standards, and practices.

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 may occasionally life/or move up to 40 pounds. The employee must be able to use a computer for several hours a day.  They must be able to move from one location to another (outdoor worksites, WaterOne facilities, etc.) occasionally. The employee must be able to use office productivity equipment such as a personal computer, calculator, printer, and copy machine. While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to remain in a stationary position for up to several hours a day. Additionally, they must be able to wear personal protective equipment and navigate/inspect construction sites. Lastly, the employee must be willing to work in all kinds of weather extremes.


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.


Equal Opportunity Employer


WaterOne is an equal opportunity employer and upholds a non-discrimination policy. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, military status, or marital status in making employment and business decisions. We also prohibit harassment and retaliation in the workplace and in our dealings with the public. We encourage and welcome diversity of backgrounds in our workforce. WaterOne complies with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).


Kansas & Federal Employment Laws

COVID-19 Federal Employee Rights under FFCRA


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