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Capital Program Engineer (57.20)

Company: American States Water Company
Location: Santa Maria
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Golden State Water Company is one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the United States. We have been all about water for more than 80 years. Our team of professionals delivers reliable, quality water and great service to customers in 75 communities across California.


The Capital Program Engineer reports to the Capital Program Manager who is accountable for ensuring the delivery and completion of capital projects on time and within budget by stewarding projects from inception to closing. The Capital Program Team is responsible for managing the Construction Work In Progress (CWIP) by expeditiously completing and closing projects. The Capital Program Engineer is accountable for ensuring multiple assigned projects are completed on time and within budget by hands on project management and by assignment of staff to individual tasks and projects in an efficient manner. The Capital Program Engineer will ensure the coordination of pre-construction, construction and commissioning activities with Operations, Engineering Design, and Water Quality departments to minimize disruptions to core business activities and to deliver projects that meet the needs of front-line utility personnel.


The Capital Program Engineer is responsible for the supervision of the capital program staff including Project Coordinators, Inspectors and Project Engineers.


  • Manages construction of capital projects for Golden State Water Company.
  • Coordinates internal and external resources towards the completion of assigned capital projects, while working closely with and balancing the needs of operations, customer service, engineering design, and water quality functions and schedules.
  • Prioritizes assigned capital projects within area of responsibility.
  • Manages multiple projects in various locations as assigned.
  • Prepares, monitors and reports on assigned project schedules and budgets; Monitors quality control and inspection activities and implements corrective actions when required.
  • Approves vendor and contractor payment requests.
  • Plans, directs, assigns, reviews and evaluates the work of any assigned staff.
  • Coordinates field changes with appropriate engineering staff.
  • Prepares and presents to management periodic reports on progress of assigned capital projects.
  • Ensures that legal, regulatory and company requirements and commitments are met with respect to assigned capital projects.
  • Represents or assists in representing company in public settings with respect to projects.
  • Resolves issues with vendors and/or contractors regarding commencement, execution and completion of construction projects working closely with the contract management team.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental Engineering AND registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the state the individual is assigned OR Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management/Construction Engineering or closely related field AND Project Management certification (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) or the American Academy of Project Management (AAPM).
  • No less than four (4) years of relevant experience in managing public works and/or public utility projects.
  • At least two (2) years of relevant supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of and experience using project management software (particularly Primavera and MS Project) preferred.
  • Experience with the JD Edwards and the PowerPlan accounting software package a plus.
  • Experience as a Water Engineer in the water utility industry a plus.
  • Strong oral and written communication and analytical skills.
  • May include but not limited to standing, walking, bending, pulling and/or pushing, grasping, lifting, reaching, stooping and crouching, color determination, typing, sitting, reading, speaking and listening.

Qualities of a Successful Capital Program Engineer:

  • Flexible, thoughtful, accountable and passionate about work
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong interpersonal skills (written and oral communication)
  • Excellent customer service support and interventions with a 'can-do' attitude
  • Highly organized
  • Self-starter with a good sense of urgency
  • Demonstrated people management skills
  • Goal-oriented
  • Approachable
  • Ability to make independent sound decisions in a timely manner


Web Based Learning, Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and other applicable software.

Working Knowledge: Principles and practices of project management, construction management, planning, and budgeting, safe work practices; familiarity with meeting the requests of the regulators that provide over site of utilities and their projects, including utility commissions or boards, health service departments and various federal and state agencies, plus knowledge of fire department and other local agency regulations as they pertain to the construction and installation of water supply and distribution projects.

Ability to: Analyze data on project budgets and schedules and identify and implement corrective actions; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; make effective, professional presentations to a wide variety of audiences, such as community groups, schools, businesses and public commissions; write and create technical publications, reports, training curricula, brochures and other materials to inform and persuade the public about capital improvement programs; establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinate staff, peers, professional associates and with the general public; supervise, train and evaluate staff.

NOTE: Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with special needs to perform the essential functions.

Must be willing to travel as required by project needs. Travel can be up to two (2) overnight stays per month and turnaround full-day trips, by car or by air, up to four (4) days per month.

The responsibilities of this position will involve access to information that may be considered confidential, private and sensitive. Therefore, the individual filling this position will be required to both allow and pass a background check.

Golden State Water Company is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Keywords: American States Water Company, Santa Maria , Capital Program Engineer (57.20), Other , Santa Maria, California

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