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American Water Planning Engineer in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

  • Primary Role*

  • 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, collection, and transmission of water and wastewater.

  • The analysis and recommended solutions will affect the performance and operational integrity of systems within Pennsylvania American Water.

  • A Planning Engineer also has technical and project management supervision over consulting Project Managers/Engineers, and/or project support engineers or technicians.

  • This position is also responsible for conducting or reviewing system capacity and service evaluations associated with water or wastewater service extension projects or other potential service growth opportunities.

  • This position will prepare or assist in the preparation of detailed asset investment plans considering the cost, timing, prioritization, operational need and risk, strategic investment fit and other pertinent factors surrounding individual projects or investment programs.

  • Key Accountabilities*

  • Coordination and preparation of strategic water system planning studies (comprehensive or targeted, issue based studies as appropriate) as assigned. (30%)

  • 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. (20%)

  • 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. (20%)

  • Ability to serve as a competent technical resource on Water System Planning matters including capital planning, safe yield analysis, demand projections, production adequacy, transmission and distribution adequacy, computerized hydraulic modeling and analysis, water conservation, regionalization, and other pertinent subjects as needed to support operational and business needs. Present results of engineering analysis to interested parties within and outside of the company, including expert testimony, presentations to Regulatory agencies and Senior Company Management. (20%)

  • Pursues educational opportunities and professional development to enhance performance and contributions to the organization. (5%)

  • 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. (5%)

  • Knowledge/Skills*

  • Proficient in utilization of Hydraulic Modeling Software, GIS software, and Microsoft Office.

  • Demonstrated competency in asset planning, water/wastewater system comprehensive master planning, distribution and collection system hydraulic modeling or equivalent water/wastewater system design experience.

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

  • Knowledge of Company Operations.

  • 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

  • Experience/Education*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.

  • Professional Engineering (PE) license required.

  • Minimum 5 years experience in water/wastewater resources planning preferred.

  • Travel Requirements*

  • Up to 20%.

  • Occassional overnight travel may be required.

  • Valid driver's license required.

  • Competencies*

  • Champions safety

  • Collaborates

  • Cultivates innovation

  • Customer obsessed

  • Drives Results

  • Nimble learning

  • 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.