Current Job Openings >> Design Engineer Series
Design Engineer Series
Title:Design Engineer Series
Salary Range:$93,553 - $141,487 (DOE)
Application Deadline:09/24/2023
Position Status:Full-Time
Requested Position Title:N/A
Department Name:N/A
Number of Vacancies:N/A


Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit, community-owned water utility, overseen by elected officials and citizen appointees from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA has a highly skilled workforce who ensure the around-the-clock treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water for more than 400,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.

We are looking to hire a Design Engineer, to join our Engineering Department.


The Design Engineer performs professional engineering work associated with the design and construction of water system facilities.

The Senior Design Engineer differs from Design Engineer in that incumbents at the Senior level perform more complex engineering design work. Incumbents are recognized as having the experience, certifications and responsibility for making final technical decisions and have influence on the overall outcome of a project or task. Senior Engineers perform under general supervision and guidance.

The Principal Design Engineer differs from Senior Design Engineer in that incumbents at the Principal level perform significantly more complex engineering design work. Incumbents are recognized in the work group as having the highest authority in a group. Principal level Engineers oversee implementation of entire programs and procedures and perform under minimal supervision and guidance.

Progression from one position title, level or designation is not automatic nor guaranteed and is based on business needs.

We believe that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor TMWA to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

  • Using independent judgment and initiative perform professional engineering work to manage and coordinate construction of water system facilities performed by outside contractors
  • Furnish engineering services to TMWA in accordance with current standard of care for professional engineers and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Provide project management for complex engineering projects including developing project scope, procuring and managing multiple design consultants and supervising engineering design work performed by others.
  • Manage project schedules and budgets. Insure improvements are in-service by the required date and that expenditures are within the authorized budget.
  • Prepare design drawings for water system facilities and perform complex engineering calculations in support of water system facility designs.
  • Write technical specifications; prepare cost estimates; prepare clear and concise technical reports.
  • In conjunction with TMWA Purchasing Coordinator, develop and prepare bid documents and assist in the bidding and contract award process. Participate in pre-construction meetings.
  • Receive, review, approve and process Contractor shop drawings and/or material and equipment submittals.
  • Organize and conduct project meetings with developers, engineers, contractors and other TMWA personnel.
  • Administer the construction contract including negotiation of contract provisions, agreements, change orders and resolution of claims.
  • Make presentations and represent TMWA before regulatory and permitting agencies and the general public.
  • Provide review and approval of applicant facility designs prepared by outside engineering consultants.
  • Plan, organize, direct and manage construction of projects; assist with start up procedures; turn over facilities to Operations and perform project closeout duties.
  • Evaluate schedules and recommends pre-purchasing of long lead time equipment when indicated. Prepares specifications for equipment pre-purchase. Coordinates equipment requirements with project design drawings, reviews submittals, and approves vendor pay requests.
  • Make presentations and represent TMWA before regulatory and permitting agencies and the public.
  • Provide engineering support to other TMWA departments to identify and resolve operational and maintenance issues.
  • Organize and conduct project meetings with developers, engineers, contractors, effected agencies and other TMWA personnel.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required or requested.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the minimum requirements is:

Experience: Four to twelve years (depending on level of engineer work performed) of increasingly responsible experience involving professional engineering work in the design of water system facilities; operation of water distribution systems; modeling and analysis of water distribution systems; construction management of water projects; or a closely related field.

Education & Training: Graduation from an accredited four year college with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field is required.

Must have working-level knowledge of the English language including reading, writing, and speaking English.


A Civil or Mechanical Professional Engineering license is required. Must obtain State of Nevada Civil or Mechanical Professional Engineering license within six months of employment.

Certification as a State of Nevada Water Distribution and or Treatment Operator at Grade 1, 2 or 3 is desired based on level of engineering work performed.

A valid Nevada (or California – depending on state of residency) Driver License at time of hire and continuing thereafter and ability to maintain insurability under TMWA’s vehicle insurance policy.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation during hire and periodically thereafter during employment.

This position is considered a safety sensitive position and employment is contingent upon the results of drug and/or alcohol testing which includes screening for marijuana. The presence of marijuana or other screened for substances on any employment related substance test may result in a refusal to hire or termination of employment.

Knowledge of:

  • Civil engineering and hydraulics including pumping equipment.
  • Process control principles, methods and equipment applications.
  • Principles and practices of project management and construction management.
  • Cost estimating and engineering economics methods and techniques.
  • The operation of water supply and distribution systems.
  • General construction methods, techniques, materials and permit requirements.
  • Water distribution system construction methods, techniques and materials.
  • Principles of civil/mechanical drafting, GIS Mapping and computer aided design.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, & equipment including computers, printers, plotters, copiers, etc.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Principals of contracts and contract administration.
  • Pertinent company, industry and professional standards.


Skill/Abilty to:

  • Prepare professional engineering design drawings in AutoCAD.
  • Perform project management and contract administration duties on routine and complex engineering projects, including the organizing and directing of engineering consultants.
  • Perform complex hydraulic and structural engineering design calculations and check/supervise calculations performed by others.
  • Prepare technical reports, budget projections, contract documents and technical specifications.
  • Effectively manage time and handle multiple simultaneous projects and project tasks.
  • Professionally represent TMWA in meetings with outside agencies and make presentations as required.
  • Operate a variety of computer equipment and software relative to the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from developers, engineers, contractors & the general public.
  • Establish & maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Be punctual regarding work hours established by TMWA.
  • Be mentally and physically alert during working hours

TMWA is an equal opportunity employer. It is TMWA’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race (including traits associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, gender, religion, age, national origin, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military and/or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. TMWA’s commitment to equal opportunity includes all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, job placement, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, advancement, and termination.

All decisions affecting any terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, assignment, training, compensation, promotion, salary, disciplinary action, and an employee’s caregiving responsibilities, will be made without regard to race (including traits associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, gender, religion, age, national origin, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military and/or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

TMWA complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at or 775-834-8294.

TMWA is committed to providing a safe work environment and to fostering the health and well-being of our employees. That commitment is jeopardized when any of our employees illegally use drugs at home or at work, comes to work under the influence, possesses, distributes, or sells drugs in the workplace, or abuses alcohol on the job. As part of our commitment to safeguard the well-being of our employees and to provide a safe environment for everyone, TMWA has established a drug-free workplace policy

This opening is closed and is no longer accepting applications