Project Engineer

AdCode:  1080
Date:  May 8, 2024
State:  TX
City:  Sugar Land
Business Unit:  Gulf Coast Utilities
Category:  Engineering
Job Type:  Full-Time

Established over 50 years ago in Texas, Texas Water Utilities has been a trusted provider of water services to approximately 60,000 customers across 32 counties. With operations extending to specialized areas like Texas Water Utilities – Hornsby Bend, Texas Water Utilities – Midway, and Texas Water Utilities – Windermere, we are dedicated to excellence in service and community support. Come be a part of our enduring legacy and contribute to a brighter, sustainable future.

Purpose of the Job

This is an entry-level position and is responsible for assisting in planning and completing complex water system improvements as well as other operational and engineering projects that may be assigned. Analyzes, plans, designs, and responsible for the operation of the Company's water facilities. Prepares operational and procedural manuals as required. EIT certificate is required at time of hire or within two years of hire.

What We Offer

•    401k Company Match: 100% of the first 6% of your eligible compensation contributed to the Plan
•    Vacation Accrual: Starting at 3 weeks per year
•    Holidays: 10 company-paid holidays per year
•    Floating Time: 16 hours of paid floating time per year
•    Additional Benefit Plans include Medical, Dental, Vision, Company-Paid Life Insurance and more
•    Training, Professional Certifications, and Education Allowance

Job Responsibilities


Reasonable Accommodations Statement 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position will be willing and able to perform the following duties and others as assigned:

  • Responsible for preparing estimates, design layouts, specifications and operating procedures for the installation of transmission mains, distribution mains, services, hydrants, natural gas engines, electric motors, pumps, boosters, chlorinating equipment, storage facilities, treatment facilities and other mechanical and electrical equipment.
  • Responsible for preparing various reports and information requests as necessary.  Assists with the update and improvement of the Company's Standard Specifications and Drawings.
  • Responsible for determining the requirements of specific projects and preparing designs to meet those requirements including the requirements of governmental agencies and their design standards.  Responsible for assuring that projects are completed on a timely basis in the most cost effective and safe manner and makes sure that operation instructions are prepared.
  • Visits construction projects on a regular basis to review progress of construction and coordinates with Suburban inspectors and contractors.  Physical inspection of construction in progress will be required to verify work completed prior to approving progress payments.
  • Provides design direction for water and wastewater pipelines ranging in various sizes; wells with capacities to 6,000 gpm and motor sizes to 500 horsepower; steel and concrete reservoirs and other facilities associated with water and wastewater systems including simple buildings, electrical and telemetry systems.  
  • Responsible for assisting in planning a preventive maintenance program and a yearly maintenance schedule during low production periods to maintain top efficiency during the peak periods of water production and wastewater treatment.
  • Responsible for assisting in the preparation of an effective master plan and/or timely plant improvement and replacement program. 
  • Responsible for preparing hydraulic analysis and water or effluent flow calculations and provides analysis for new and future developments as required.
  • Responsible for writing proposals for contract projects.  Identifies and establishes needs for outside consultants.  Prepares Requests for Proposal and participates in the evaluation and selection of consultants.  Manages consultants to ensure compliance with the project budget and schedule and quality of the final product.


Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Related Field


The ability to obtain an EIT Certification within six months of employment. 

Physical Requirements

Office-Based Role

Work Experience

This is an entry level position as a graduate engineer. Prior engineering experience as an intern during college years is encouraged but not required.


Delivering High Quality Work
Supporting Coworkers
Communicating Effectively
Driving Projects to Completion

SouthWest Water Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It’s our policy to provide employment, training, compensation, promotion, and other opportunities based on qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, veteran status or disability, and in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws.

Nearest Major Market: Houston