California Water Service

Supervisor, Technician/AutoCAD

Onsite - San Jose, CA
Application Deadline: 5/22/25

Supervisor, Technician/AutoCAD


California Water Service


California Water Service


Job Description:



The Technician/CAD Supervisor oversees five design technicians that support the Engineering/Capital Delivery/Design Center department who’s primary function is to provide engineering services and support to safely execute capital projects on scope, schedule, and budget. This position is responsible for overseeing the development of design plans for capital projects using CAD systems, which are utilized to secure permits, define work scope for bidding and construction, and serve as permanent record for the asset, developing and maintaining standard details and providing field data collection support to include conducting field topographic surveys. This position requires advanced CAD competence and manages the departments CAD resources (software/hardware), develops, sets and maintains CAD technical, and procedural standards, ensures standard adherence, identifies and implements process improvements, creates and implements CAD training, ensures quality and timely completion of design drawings, and establishes the overall strategic direction for our CAD/technician department company wide. The position reports to the Design Center Manager and is located in San Jose, California.




• Supervises staff, including prioritizing and assigning work, conducting performance evaluations, overseeing training and development, and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.


• Develops, sets, and maintains company CAD standards and procedures to include CAD customizations and other enhancements to maximize efficiency.


• Coordinates project designs by assigning them to staff (including self when appropriate), overseeing and tracking project designs to assure completion on schedule.


• Continually assesses team workload versus capacity to ensure service and timely project completion and recommends alternative approaches as needed to achieve schedules.


• Works with other Technician Supervisors to shift work amongst engineering offices as necessary to balance workload and ensure timely completion.


• Develops and tracks metrics to ensure workload balance, timely completion, and overall efficiency.


• Reviews design drawings for quality and conformance with design and CAD standards prior to approval.


• Trains and develops staff on AutoCAD, Cal Water drawing processes and standards, design procedures, and water industry regulatory standards.


• Develops long-range vision, mission, and strategic plan for the CAD/Technician team.


• Works with the Information Technology department to purchase and maintain CAD PC hardware.


• Manages CAD software (AutoCAD, Map3D, Civil3D and other related programs) to include budgeting, purchasing, licensing, installation, updates, and support.


• Budgets, purchases, and maintains the department’s large format printers and supplies.


• Coordinates and manages the group’s field surveying support function that includes topographical surveys, construction staking and office processing of survey data for drawing creation.


• Participates in and supports the Company’s Continuous Improvement program and projects


• Performs other similar duties as assigned




• Associates degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design/ Architectural Drafting or a minimum of five years of related experience.


• Minimum five years of experience in design and drafting for civil/electrical/mechanical engineering disciplines with AutoCAD, Civil3D and related software.


• Five or more years of experience in a similar role desirable


• Supervision experience desirable


• Construction experience with water utility projects desirable


• Experience working with public agencies, consultants, and contractors desirable


• Proficiency with total station land surveying equipment desirable


• Water Distribution and Water Treatment Operator Certifications desirable


• Valid California State Driver License


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


• Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices, and techniques


• Advanced knowledge and proficiency with AutoCAD


• Advanced knowledge of Cal Water drawing, design processes and standards


• Basic knowledge of water system function


• Detailed knowledge of piping materials and installation


• Experience working with consultants and contractors


• Excellent project management skills


• Leadership skills and ability to develop and motivate employees


• Ability to effectively work with customers, agencies, and personnel


• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing


• Demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service


• Good problem-solving and troubleshooting skills


• Flexible and able to prioritize work


• Demonstrated time management and organizational skills


Salary Range: $96,500 – $179,200


Deadline to submit resume is OPEN UNTI LFILLED.


The Equal Opportunity Policy of the Company is based upon the philosophy that all people should be treated fairly and with dignity. California Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, New Mexico Water Service, Texas Water Service, and Washington Water Service do not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other protected class. The Company makes all employment decisions in a non-discriminatory manner. EOE, VET, DISABILITIES.


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