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American Water Project Engineer in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Do you enjoy managing mission-critical water and infrastructure projects where the end goal is clean water for our nation's military? Well look no further! We have a very important position onsite at Fort Leonard Wood to manage capital projects and make a real difference in the lives of those who protect this great country! Apply today!

Primary Role

As a staff professional within the American Water Engineering Function this position is responsible for the management of engineering projects or assignments in the field of water resources management. This includes all aspects of public water supply systems and wastewater collection & treatment systems including asset management, capital planning, engineering design, project and construction management, business development, and issues relating to operations & maintenance.

_ Projects or assignments fall within the following general categories:_

  • Asset/Capital Planning - water/wastewater system planning and analysis in order to recommend projects or other approaches to address system needs. Develop and administer capital budgets (detailed annual plan & 5 year forecast) including selection and prioritization of projects or programs that best meet identified needs. System analysis efforts range from hydraulic modeling and capacity determinations/recommendations to topic specific or comprehensive system master planning in any or all of the following areas: source of supply, treatment, residuals handling, storage, pumping, water distribution, wastewater collection, automation & controls, regionalization, regulatory compliance, operational reliability and efficiency.

  • Project Delivery - Managing (directing a team as appropriate) all activities concerned with the delivery of multiple capital investment projects from inception to completion. This includes project budgeting and administration within an established capital investment management process, management or self performance of project delivery tasks including preliminary engineering, detailed design, permitting, procurement, construction management, field inspection, testing, turnover and project closeout.

  • Technical Services – Developing and implementing technical standards applicable to the asset base of American Water. Support project delivery efforts through interpreting and determining asset & operational requirements, organizing and executing detailed engineering design tasks, administering project specific permitting tasks, providing technical support and operator training during construction & commissioning. Working with Asset/Capital Planning to support master planning efforts through development of asset planning standards and system specific asset assessments. Assignments include self performed design and engineering analysis tasks & management of external consulting engineers performing similar tasks.

Primary Role Continued

  • Construction Services – Implementation of project delivery standards applicable to the range of projects & programs to be administered by American Water. For larger or more complex projects provide dedicated and focused construction management including pre-construction services (constructability, bid ability and value engineering reviews), project delivery method evaluation & execution (Design-Bid-Build, Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC), Fast Track Construction Management at Risk, or Design/Build), procurement and award of construction, material and/or equipment supply contracts, active construction phase project management and contract administration, coordination of testing, commissioning, project turnover and final project closeout.

  • Operations & Maintenance Support - Engineering studies and/or troubleshooting related to water/wastewater operations and maintenance concerns, project or program management for maintenance of engineered assets (storage tanks, reservoirs, dams, etc.) or event management support related to unplanned occurrences (droughts, storms, floods, power outage, asset failures, etc.).

  • Business Development – Working as part of a business development team, assist in the pursuit of new business and growth opportunities including system acquisitions, operations & maintenance contracts, or specialized service or consulting offerings. Tasks include performing due diligence, preparation of technical and cost proposals, presentations and negotiations with clients, and execution of engineering services for successful proposals.     

Key Accountabilities

  • Completion of projects or assignments in accordance with sound engineering principals & practice, American Water Policies, Procedures, Guidelines or Standards, and sound industry practice.

  • Development of detailed project scope, budget and schedule. Project management, execution, monitoring and reporting in accordance with the established scope, budget and schedule.

  • Comprehensive interaction and communication with internal and external project stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle to insure that the end solution and delivery method addresses their needs. Employ a teaming & consensus building approach and a proactive issue identification and resolution process to improve project delivery performance and the success of the end result.

  • Professional management and contract administration of third party providers of services and goods including engineering & environmental consultants, surveyors, construction contractors, material and equipment vendors, materials testing and inspection firms, etc.

  • Represent the Company in meetings, workshops, conferences, negotiations, legal filings, or public hearings with customers, rate making bodies, environmental agencies, State or local permitting agencies, professional or industry organizations or special interest groups.     

  • Pursue educational and professional development to enhance knowledge, performance and contributions to the organization. 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.

  • Other duties as directed by supervisor.


  • Ability to work multiple projects or assignments with minimum direction.

  • Effective management skills (e.g. planning, organizing, coordinating individual staff and teams).

  • Verbal and written communications skills (e.g. presentation, report writing, listening).

  • Interpersonal skills (e.g. tact/diplomacy, persuasion, cooperation, ability to motivate others).

  • Strong Quantitative, analytical and financial skills; attention to details.

  • Leadership presence (e.g. ability to deal effectively and maintain cooperation working relationships with senior management and other key stakeholders)

  • Knowledge of engineering theory and practice related to planning, design, construction and operation of water/waster facilities, project management, water resources, engineering economics and utility operations.

  • Knowledge of engineering or construction contract administration and project delivery approaches related to water/wastewater facilities.

  • Sound business acumen and judgment. Knowledge of company procedures, policies and operations.

  • Understanding of Company management theories, practices, and trends.


  • Bachelors Degree in Civil, Environmental, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or related field.

  • Engineering experience in water resources utility or related field. 5 to 7 years minimum experience.

Travel Requirements


Licenses & Certifications

  • Minimum of Engineer in Training (EIT) required.

  • Professional Engineering (PE) license is preferred.


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