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American Water Works Co Inc

Planning Engineer (100966)

Engineering and Architecture

Aerospace Engineer



Woodridge, Illinois, United States

Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful.

Illinois American Water has a dynamic opportunity for an Engineer to join our Planning Team. This role may sit out of our Belleville, Champaign, Peoria or Woodridge office.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Primary Role

The Planning Engineer is responsible for strategic long-term water and wastewater system planning and recommending projects or approaches to address needs related to source of supply, treatment, storage, pumping and transmission of water, as well as collection and treatment of wastewater. The analysis and recommended solutions will affect the performance and operational integrity of water wastewater systems within American Water.

The Planning Engineer also has technical and project management supervision over consulting Project Managers/Engineers, and/or project support engineers or technicians and is also responsible for conducting or reviewing water and wastewater system capacity and service evaluations associated with water or wastewater service extension projects or other potential service growth opportunities.

Key Accountabilities
  • Coordination and preparation of strategic water and wastewater system planning studies (comprehensive or targeted, issue based studies as appropriate) as assigned.
  • Preparation and maintenance of asset investment plans and strategic capital expenditure plans as assigned.
  • Plans to accurately address operational needs, operational efficiencies, asset management and strategic investment goals set by the Corporation based upon prioritization models.
  • System capacity evaluations, analysis of source, production, distribution, storage, or other system deficiencies as assigned to support ongoing operations, service extension requests or regional growth opportunities.
  • Serves as a competent technical resource on water and wastewater system planning matters including capital planning, safe yield analysis, demand projections, production adequacy, transmission and distribution adequacy, inflow projections, collection capacity adequacy, inflow and infiltration analysis, computerized hydraulic modeling and analysis, water conservation, regionalization, and other pertinent subjects as needed to support operational and business needs.
  • Presents results of engineering analysis to interested parties within and outside of the company, including expert testimony, presentations to Regulatory agencies and Senior Company Management.
  • Contributes 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.
  • Support Engineering initiatives established by the Regional Engineering Directors (i.e., asset management or other operational excellence initiatives).
  • Demonstrated competency in asset planning, water system comprehensive master planning, distribution system hydraulic modeling or equivalent water system design experience.

  • Broad knowledge of Engineering (planning, design, construction) related to water facilities.

  • Working knowledge of regulatory developments, new technology and current trends in water quality, treatment and Engineering economics.

  • Applicable knowledge of water resources industry, business and environmental regulatory field.

  • Leadership ability and interpersonal skills, as well as, solid verbal and written communication skills and keen listening abilities.

  • Detail oriented to conduct through analysis and evaluations, render and implement timely decisions and recommendations.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.

  • Professional Engineering (PE) license required.

  • Minimum 5 years experience in water resources planning.

Travel Requirements
  • Up to 20%
Work Environment
  • 80% office with occasional work in the field.
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Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing

American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.