Principal Planning Engineer

Posted Date: Feb 11, 2024

Location: Camden, NJ, US, 08102

Company: American Water Works Company Inc

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About American Water
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.

American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Indexfor the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

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Primary Role

Reports to the State Engineering Lead / Engineering Manager or Corporate Engineering Planning Manager or Director and is responsible for strategic long-term water and wastewater system planning and recommending projects or approaches to address complex issues related to source of supply, treatment, storage, pumping and transmission of water and wastewater. The analysis and recommended solutions could have a major impact on the performance and operational integrity of water and wastewater systems within American Water. A Principal Planning Engineer 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 water and wastewater system capacity and service evaluations associated with water service extension projects or other potential service growth opportunities. 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.

Principal Planning Engineers are called upon to be subject matter expert in specific specialty disciplines.  We are looking for a Principal Planning Engineer with demonstrated expertise in the areas of Wastewater treatment and collection systems.



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 State/Corporation based upon prioritization models.
  • System capacity evaluations, analysis of source, treatment, distribution/collection, pumping & storage, or other system deficiencies as assigned to support ongoing operations, service extension requests or regional growth opportunities.
  • Ability to serve as a competent technical resource on Water and Wastewater System Planning matters including capital planning, safe yield analysis, demand/load projections, treatment adequacy, collection, transmission and distribution adequacy, computerized hydraulic modeling and analysis, water conservation, regionalization.
  • Support Company-wide performance goals and targets and Corporate Engineering initiatives established by senior leadership.
  • Analysis and Problem Solving - Analyzes and resolves business issues through the application of critical reasoning skills and general business experience.
  • Delivers Results - Delivers bottom line results through bold, decisive actions, working through risks and uncertainty to create opportunity.
  • Continually raises standards and promotes entrepreneurial behavior.
  • Influencing - The ability to articulate an objective or idea in a compelling manner, so that others are persuaded to act on its merit.
  • 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.
  • Strategic Focus - Looks at the big picture, thinks about the business as a whole, both within its own environment and in the global marketplace, and creatively identifies new horizons.
  • Teamworking - Is committed to working collaboratively to achieve business goals, building cohesiveness and identity with a work group, and valuing individual perspectives and contributions.


  • Demonstrated high competency in water/wastewater system comprehensive master planning and capacity, condition, and performance assessment of related facilities, pipeline system hydraulic modeling or equivalent water/wastewater system design experience.
  • Broad knowledge of Engineering (planning, design, construction) related to water and/or wastewater. 
  • Strong 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.


  • Minimum 15 years’ experience in water resources planning.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Advanced Management or Technical Degree preferred.

Certifications & Licenses

  • Professional Engineering (PE) license required.

Travel Requirements

  • Up to 20%.

Work Environment

  • 80% primarily in the office with occasional work in the field at water/wastewater facilities to conduct site investigations and hold onsite project kick-off and review meetings.


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