American Water Senior Engineering Technician in Saint Louis, Missouri

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

Responsible for project management, planning, engineering design, bidding, and construction management, etc. on multiple small to medium size projects relating to various aspects of the business.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manages multiple small to medium size projects and perform varied engineering assignments associated with planning, design or construction and prepare and maintain files, records, drawings, reports, budgets and other data related to engineering projects (30%)

  • Perform field surveys to obtain measurements and/or stake easements and perform field inspections to insure standards are met and proper records are kept.

  • Prepare technical, bidding and contractual documents associated with delivery of capital investment projects. (20%)

  • Ensure scope and quality of work achieve the intent of all Design Concepts and Company standards for capacity, performance, reliability, safety and regulatory compliance. (15%)

  • Develops technical information and concepts into feasible and effective engineering approaches. (15%)

  • Develop strategic and strong working relationships with engineering firms, vendors, and contractors. (10%)

  • Assist in providing technical expertise on engineering and operational issues. Supervises field and contract personnel to ensure timely completion of assignments, within budget and adherence to standards.

  • Adhere to Engineering Standards, specifications and, equipment manufacturer recommendations to support Center of Excellence initiatives.

  • Coordinate the pre-qualification and selection of consulting and construction organizations for projects using negotiation or competitive selection process.

  • Accountable for establishing and acheiving project budget and cost.

  • 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. (10%)

Knowledge / Skills

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply theoretical and practical engineering principles to perform basic engineering (hydraulic, mechanical, etc.) related functions.

  • Knowledge of drafting/CAD techniques, design and engineering terminology.

  • Knowledge of company standards and procedures.

  • Sound business acumen and judgment.

  • Knowledge of property (easement rights).

  • Ability to interpret meets and bounds property descriptions.

  • Computer literacy including a major word processor program, spreadsheet, graphics and/or CAD. Preferred – Experience using Outlook.

  • Ability to oversee and monitor construction work for adherence to project plans and specifications.

  • Ability to work with minimal guidance on varied engineering planning, design and construction related assignments under the direction of an Engineer or other supervisory personnel.

  • Possess strong, detail oriented, analytical and conceptual skills with the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.

  • Interpersonal skills (e.g., persuasion, negotiation, listening, cooperation, tact, diplomacy, problem solving, internal consulting).


Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Experience / Education

  • Minimum 5 years experience as an Engineering Technician or related experience.

  • Associate's Degree or Technical School equivalent with course work in Drafting and Engineering required.

Work Environment

Indoor office environment

Travel Requirements



Competencies (from the Water Division Competency Dictionary):

Analysis and Problem Solving - Analyzes and resolves business issues through the application of critical reasoning skills and general business experience.

Influencing - The ability to articulate an objective or idea in a compelling manner, so that others are persuaded to act on its merit.

Intercultural Sensitivity - Embracing and valuing differences in everyone. This includes the commitment to work constructively and collaboratively with all people in all aspects of our business.

Organizational Awareness - The knowledge and development of formal and informal business relationships with key stakeholders, internal and external to the organization, that enable business objectives to be accomplished.

Sharing Knowledge & Expertise - Drives business performance by developing and contributing specific technical or professional knowledge, skills and experience. Demonstrates a professional attitude.

Teamwork - Is committed to working collaboratively to achieve business goals, building cohesiveness and identity with a work group, and valuing individual perspectives and contributions

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