San Jose Water

Associate Civil Engineer

Hybrid - San Jose, CA
$100K - $200K Annually
Application Deadline: 6/8/24

Founded in 1866, San Jose Water Company is an investor owned water company headquartered in Silicon Valley. With a service area of 140 square miles, it is one of the largest and most technically sophisticated urban water system in the United States. We serve over 1 million people with high quality, life sustaining water, with an emphasis on exceptional customer service.

We are actively seeking talented, driven and highly-productive applicants for the position of Associate Civil Engineer to join our dynamic team. We offer a challenging and rewarding work environment along with a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.  


Under general direction, the Associate Civil Engineer – Special Facilities performs complex professional civil and mechanical work related to the design, construction and project management of San Jose Water Company (Company) water facilities such as new and replacement wells,  chemical and potable water storage tanks, pressure regulating stations, booster pump stations, water treatment and disinfection facilities, pipelines, special projects (alternative energy, tenant improvements, landscaping and paving) and other engineering duties as assigned.  Provides project coordination with engineering groups/staff assigned to projects.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience.

License or Certificate:

  • Valid Registration in the State of California as a Professional Engineer (PE) with the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (BPELSG).
  • Valid California driver license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles with a satisfactory driving record.


  • Prepares plans and specifications for construction of projects for potable water production, transmission, distribution, storage and treatment, including pipeline and service connection design.
  • Stamps and signs design drawings as the engineer of record.
  • Prepares bid documents, monitors design costs and overall project budget and provides support services during construction.
  • Coordinates work with other Company groups such as Survey, Operations, Electrical, Water Treatment, Water Quality, Properties and Permits, Planning, Pipelines, Accounting, Regulatory, Logistics and Procurement, Environmental Health and Safety and GIS.
  • Coordinates with outside consultants and contractors in the planning, design and construction of potable water and treatment facilities.
  • Obtains all necessary permits with local jurisdictions (Grading, Building, Encroachment, etc.) and assists in getting permits from state and federal agencies such as Clean Water Act (CWA) Sections 401, 404 permits and Streambed Alteration Agreement (SAA).
  • Performs field investigation, construction observation and inspection.
  • Assists contractors, general public and governmental agencies with questions relating to potable water systems.
  • Updates Company standards and drawings.
  • Maintains documentation including correspondence, meeting minutes, request for information and submittal review.

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal and leadership skills, a demonstrated track record of successfully completing projects, and the ability to develop in-house design packages as the engineer of record. As a member of the Engineering Department, the ideal candidate will be a technical resource throughout the Company and the Group. The ideal candidate works under general supervision and may be assigned specific projects with minimal supervision.


  • Knowledge of principles and practices of civil and mechanical engineering as applied to water supply distribution, treatment and operation.
  • Proficiency with the following software:
  • AutoCAD, MicroStation or equivalent drafting software.
  • Adobe or Bluebeam.
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Fundamentals of mathematics and physics related to water facilities design.
  • Construction methods, materials and specifications. Ability to create new construction specifications.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability of conducting independent research and making prompt and sound engineering decisions.
  • Pertinent regulations related to the design and construction of water facilities and structures.
  • Operational and maintenance procedures utilized in potable water and treatment systems.
  • Principles of surveying.
  • OSHA safety design standards or requirements.
  • Work experience in a public or private water utility is highly desirable.


  • Light to moderate driving of Company vehicle to job sites which may include rough terrain.
  • Walking to various parts of the Company complex and at stations with paved and unpaved areas and on uneven ground.
  • May work in extreme weather and ground conditions.
  • Requires climbing ladders, stairs and scaffolding.
  • Requires lifting 35 pounds.
  • Majority of work involves computer work.

Recruiter Information:

Helen Evans