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. Many of the engineering jobs in the water and wastewater industry are in the specialties below:
- Civil Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Instrumentation and Control Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- 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
- 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, many public agencies offer entry-level engineering positions for college graduates.