Engineer (Water Utility)

Job ID  7922 Department  Water Resources Engineering (10000101) Union Classification  Non Union Type  Full Time - Salaried  # of Openings  Job Location  Lake Stevens, Washington (US-WA) Closing Date  05/13/2018  Salary/Wage  $71,574.00 - $138,213.00 annually 


Special Notes

Multiple Levels - Title and Salary Depending on Qualifications

Job Definition

Performs various engineering services for the District’s Water Utility including design of new or replacement water facilities, project management, plan review, hydraulic analysis and modeling, and coordination of all aspects of project permitting. Coordinates special studies, analyses, reports and recommendations related to facilities life cycle, water system plan updates, regulatory requirements, water quality, system operation, water system acquisition, and disaster response. Performs work alone or as part of a team which may include other engineers, technicians, and consultants.  Serves as Project Leader on small to large projects and assignments depending upon qualifications. 

Distinguishing Characteristics


Essential Job Functions

Performs engineering assignments which have clear, specified objectives and involve conventional plans, investigations, surveys, equipment or structures for which there are District standards.


Performs as project lead on small to medium projects which are well defined and have relatively few complex features, including the management of the required small professional service and public works contracts.


Assembles and correlates data and assists in the solution of problems requiring application of basic theories and engineering fundamentals.


Assists on more complex projects by performing specific, limited parts of the broader assignment under the direct supervision of a more advanced level engineer including, but not limited to, plan development, the research of new products or materials, cost estimation, and project inspection.


Assists in the technical evaluation of equipment bids.


Assists in developing and use of computer programs for solution of engineering problems.


Assists in the development of new or revised systems, construction, operating or material standards.


Assists in the review, testing, and evaluation of new products.


Gathers data for use in troubleshooting problems and failures of District equipment and facilities.

Specialized Job Functions

Water Utility:

Works with developers on plat and commercial property development plans.


Assists in providing engineering related customer service information to Water Administrative staff as required.


Performs and/or oversees surveying as required.


Prepares storm water retention/detention plans, storm drainage plans, erosion control plans, and traffic control plans for District projects.


Utilizes, develops, and helps to maintain the hydraulic models for the District’s existing and new water systems.


Assists in the development and continual updates to the District's Water System Plan.


Assists in the preparation of feasibility studies for satellite water systems.


Assists with the monitoring of and response to proposed new water quality regulations.


Assists advanced level engineers with the preparation of contract plans and specifications for Water related water main (new or replacement), pump station, or reservoir capital projects.


Jackson Hydroelectric Project:

Assists advanced level engineers with the preparation of contract plans and specifications for Jackson related capital or maintenance projects.


Assists with project inspection duties on various Jackson Hydroelectric capital and maintenance project.


Assists advanced level engineers with turbine oil and vibration analysis and road maintenance issues related to the Hydroelectric Project.

Other Job Functions

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

• Basic principles, practices, methods, analysis, equipment and techniques in the field of applicable technical discipline.

• Engineering plans and specifications, construction standards and methods, design standards, safety practices and codes, project management, and District’s work authorization procedures.

• Basic economic analysis and evaluation techniques.

• Technical aspects of field of specialty.

• Regulatory requirements applicable to the District, District policies and procedures.

• Facility and system operation and maintenance

• Customer relations techniques.

• District's mission, objectives, values and business drivers.

Ability to:

• Work in a team environment with a strong customer focus both internal customers and external customers.

• Successfully complete projects and other assigned tasks.

• Plan and organize work, incorporating changing District priorities.

• Proficient use of latest technologies applicable and available at the District in performing assigned tasks and projects.

• Interpret, apply, and explain codes, regulations, policies and procedures.

• Develop scope of work, schedules, cost estimates, methods, and manage projects through completion.

• Train other department personnel in the area of expertise.

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Maintain records and prepare reports.

• Use independent and discretionary judgement.

• Use engineering tools required for the job.

• Communicate effectively and work with others.


Associate Engineer

  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree in an Engineering related field; and,
  • Two (2) years related engineering experience.


  • Associate of Arts Degree in an Engineering related field; and,
  • Four (4) years related engineering experience.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent; and,
  • Six (6) years related engineering experience.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering;
  • Three (3) years engineering experience; and
  • Successful completion of the Engineer-In-Training Exam (E.I.T) or branch test of Professional Engineer license.


Professional Engineer

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering;
  • Six (6) years related engineer experience with two (2) of those years as a Lead or Project Engineer; and
  • Washington State Professional Engineer License or ability to obtain through reciprocity.


Principal Engineer

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering;
  • Nine (9) years of progressive applicable engineering experience, three (3) years of which are in a project engineer/lead engineer capacity in a water utility; and
  • Washington State Professional Engineer License or ability to obtain through reciprocity.


• Valid Washington State Driver License

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the construction of water capital facilities, hydraulic modeling, and asset management.

Working Conditions

• Duties performed primarily in an office environment and require the repetitive use of a computer, keyboard and mouse.

• Travel to business meetings, construction, or other job sites may expose employees to varying weather conditions, uneven terrain, open ditches, energized equipment, and other various construction hazards.

• Must be able to lift and carry equipment, boxes, tools, drawings, packages, etc., up to 25 pounds.

• Jackson Project duties may involve the ability to climb a two hundred and twenty (220) foot ladder and lift equipment weighing up to 75 pounds.

• Must be able to drive to construction sites to inspect work.

• Must be able to work underground and in confined spaces on occasion.



Snohomish County P.U.D. #1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Disabled and Veterans.

Snohomish County Public Utility District
Full time
Lake Stevens, Washington 98258, US