Project Engineer - Military Services Group

Posted Date: Jan 31, 2024

Location: Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA, US, 98433

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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In September of 2020, American Water was awarded a 50-year contract to privatize the water and wastewater utilities at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state. JBLM is the DoD’s premiere military installation on the West Coast. JBLM was formed in 2010 after the consolidation of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. It is a joint force power projection platform for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Apply now for this amazing engineering opportunity!


Job Details

Posted range: $66,000 - $110,250 annually


The base salary range represents a good faith salary range for this position. This position is eligible for annual incentive pay and has the opportunity for continued salary growth. If you are hired at American Water your base salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as market, geography, skills, education and/or experience. At American Water we are committed to pay equity.


In addition to compensation, you will receive a comprehensive benefits package including 401(k),Defined Contribution Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage, plus disability, paid time off, life insurance, voluntary benefits, health and wellness programs and much more! American Water employees also receive learning opportunities and work experiences to grow professionally.


This position is project-funded with an anticipated timeline of two (2) to three (3) years to support the upcoming capital projects at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

Primary Role

  • Carries out engineering tasks and activities on assigned water and wastewater infrastructure projects by performing duties personally or through collaborative work with other team members.
  • Performance Measurements:
    • Performance of a Project Engineer as part of the JBLM Capital Team will be primarily measured against demonstrated success in developing and delivering capital projects that are of high quality and prepared within the limits of contracted schedule and budget.
    • Additional goals will be established at yearly performance review.

Key Accountabilities

  • Undertakes assignments and activities related to the development of water and wastewater infrastructure projects including preparation of feasibility studies, development of project scopes of work, project solicitation and proposal review, acquisition of permits, as well as coordination and review of new facility designs.
  • Typical projects include, but are not limited to, rehabilitation and replacement of potable water mains, sewage collection systems, pumping stations, as well as both water and wastewater treatment facilities. 
  • Performs engineering project review and oversight, contributes to the preparation of engineering and project reports, conducts field investigations, develops engineering cost estimates and project cost evaluations, all under the supervision of a manager.
  • Assists in the development of new business documents and proposals. 
  • Acts as a technical resource and primary point of contact with key stakeholders for assigned projects in construction.


  • 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). 
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions form management.
  • Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. 
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Knowledge of engineering theory and practice related to planning, design, construction and operation of water/wastewater 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in civil, Environmental, Mechanical or related field.
  • Engineering experience in water resources utility or related field.
  • 3 to 5 years minimum experience in water and wastewater industry.

Certifications & Licenses

  • Engineer in Training (EIT) preferred. 
  • Ability to obtain Professional Engineering (PE) license within 2 years.

Travel Requirements

  • <5% of time.

Work Environment

  • 60% office 40% field.
  • In addition to American Water’s pre-employment screenings, this position requires the ability to pass a Department of Defense background check for access to the military installation.


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