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American Water Sr Planning Engineer (Water Utilities) in Sacramento, California

Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful.

California American Water, part of the American Water Family, has a commitment to the environment that extends beyond the quality of our water into the heart of who we are- your local water company. We are stewards of the communities we serve, and are proud or the role we play in protecting our environment. Our Sacramento office currently has a dynamic opportunity for a /Sr. Planning Engineer/ with strong modeling experience and knowledge of the water utility industry. Key components of this role will be maintaining the hydraulic models of various systems, overseeing the model calibration, model run versioning & storage, routine model updates, and communication of model results and developing model deliverables to respond to operational and engineering infrastructure inquiries.

Primary Role

Reporting to the Capital/Asset Planning Manager, the Sr. Planning Engineer will recommend projects or approaches to address complex issues related to source of supply, treatment, storage, pumping and transmission of water. This position is also responsible for conducting or reviewing water system capacity and service evaluations associated with water service extension projects or other potential service growth opportunities.

Key Accountabilities

  • Coordination and preparation of strategic water 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 Corporation based upon prioritization models.

  • System capacity evaluations, analysis of source, production, distribution, storage, or other system deficiencies as assigned to support ongoing operations, service extension requests or regional growth opportunities.

  • Serve as a competent technical resource on Water System Planning matters including capital planning, safe yield analysis, demand projections, production adequacy, transmission and distribution adequacy, computerized hydraulic modeling and analysis, water conservation, regionalization, and other pertinent subjects as needed to support operational and business needs. Present results of engineering analysis to interested parties within and outside of the company, including expert testimony, presentations to Regulatory agencies and Senior Company Management.

  • Listening and providing constructive feedback to support 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.

  • Support Center of Excellence initiatives established by the Regional Engineering Directors (i.e., asset management or other operational excellence initiatives).


  • Demonstrated competency in asset planning, water system comprehensive master planning, distribution system hydraulic modeling or equivalent water system design experience.

  • Broad knowledge of Engineering (planning, design, construction) related to water.


  • Minimum 7 to 10 years’ experience in water resources planning.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Advanced Degree in Engineering and or Management preferred.


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Founded in1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

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