Engineer, career


Why do we need engineers?

Engineering is an exciting profession that makes a difference in our world. Engineers play a critical role in providing clean, safe water to sustain life and support our economy. This includes planning, design and construction of new facilities as well as maintenance of existing ones. Engineering jobs in the water and wastewater industry provide the opportunity to earn a good living for yourself and your family while serving your community and protecting the environment.

7.5 million Bay Area residents use on average 70 gallons of water indoors per person, per day, equating to 525 million gallons. Drinking water is provided by over 50 agencies in the Bay Area. Wastewater is managed and treated by over 60 agencies in the Bay Area.

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Many of the engineering jobs in the water and wastewater industry are in the specialties below:

How do they feel about their work?

BAYWORK agencies have gathered profiles, photos and videos of engineers working in the water/wastewater industry, to give you an idea of what they do, how they feel about it, and how they got there. These case studies will take you behind the scenes at some of the Bay Area’s water and wastewater utilities.

“There are two things that make my job enjoyable. The first is the satisfaction of knowing that I am building infrastructure that keeps the environment safe from wastewater and pollution. The second is that even though this is a position in civil engineering, I am exposed to all of the other engineering disciplines…. This keeps the job interesting and allows me to learn about things that I might not otherwise be exposed to.”
Chris Pachmayer, Union Sanitary District

Video of Bay Area engineers in the water/wastewater industry

Individual interviews with the engineers featured in this video are available from the pages on engineering specialties.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: engineering principles; applicable Federal, State and Local laws, ordinances, codes, standards, regulations related to the specific engineering field; research and data analysis methods and techniques

Ability to: adhere to established policies; organize and coordinate project activities; manage staff, budget, and contractors to resolve problems and accomplish project goals work in a team environment with colleagues, managers, stakeholders, and the general public; handle difficult situations; convey technical ideas and information in a clear and concise manner; read, review, evaluate and interpret technical materials, research reports, and scientific studies; organize written information in a logical sequence to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, contracts and other documents; and use proper investigative and evaluation methods to solve engineering problems

Experience and Training

A bachelor’s degree in engineering is generally the minimum education required. Most engineering programs involve a concentration of study in an engineering specialty, along with courses in design, mathematics, physical and life sciences, and hands-on laboratory classes. Advanced computer skills are also vital.

Many employers require at least four years of experience in engineering and a professional engineering (PE) license in order to advance within their organization. However, some large companies and public agencies offer entry-level engineering positions for college graduates.

Example of Monthly Salary Range

Entry-level engineer $6,200 to $7,700
Mid-level engineer $7,600 to $9,800
Senior engineer $9,300 to $11,900

Source: BAYWORK Salary Survey, 2014.

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