Engineering Project Manager

Tacoma Public Utilities
Tacoma, Washington
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Tacoma Water has an opportunity for an Engineering Project Manager to join our Planning & Engineering Division. The Planning & Engineering Division is responsible for performing planning and engineering services related to the following:

  • Regional transmission of water supply through 150 miles of large-diameter water mains, pumping stations, standpipes, and reservoirs.
  • Local water distribution to our customers through over 1,250 miles of small-diameter water mains. Water supply forecasting and water resource needs.
  • Water quality, water treatment and regulatory compliance at the 150 million-gallons-per-day Green River Filtration Facility, in-town groundwater systems, and throughout the distribution system.
  • Electrical, communications, instrumentation and control, and cathodic protection equipment.

Our division has opportunities for engineers at all levels of experience with expertise in hydraulics, design of water infrastructure and facilities, water system planning, water quality and water treatment, levels of service development, seismic risk management, and project and program management.

If you are interested in growth and development in your career, serving your community, being mentored (or developing staff), and having the potential to gain direct experience in every aspect of water system planning and design, we want to hear from you! The ideal candidates are self-motivated, enjoy collaborating in teams, and want to be part of a learning culture.

You would be joining the Planning & Engineering team in Tacoma Water, a group of highly skilled professionals responsible for supporting delivery of water to over 300,000 customers. Our values are safety, customer-driven, employee invested, stewardship, and adaptability. We are a collaborative team that is proud to deliver services beyond our customers' expectations. We are looking forward to meeting you and hearing the great ideas you have to help us make a difference in the way we work and thrive at Tacoma Water.

Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Project Delivery
The Project Delivery group, reporting to Jessica Knickerbocker, is responsible for all aspects of project management for the execution of capital and O&M projects at Tacoma Water.  Our group consists of engineers, technicians, construction management, and inspectors. We oversee the entire life cycle of a project from design to construction to commissioning. We work on a wide variety of projects located throughout our service area which spans 7 municipalities and 2 counties and consists of water mains from 4-inch at local neighborhoods to 90-inch for regional transmission. We also oversee the design of vertical infrastructure, like buildings, pump stations, standpipes, reservoirs, and water treatment facilities.

Engineering Project Manager

  • Provide project management and engineering support for the design and execution of Tacoma Water's projects such as reservoirs, pump stations, standpipes, water treatment facilities, buildings, and other water utility facilities.
  • Lead project teams and collaborate with stakeholders for the development of project bid documents, including engineering plans, specifications, and cost estimates.
  • Apply project management skills for the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, controlling, and closure of projects. This includes the preparation and management of project management plans, business case evaluations, project scopes, schedules, budgets, and technical reports.
  • Support design from permitting through construction. Provide timely responses to submittals and RFIs and review change order documents.
  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders. Prepare professional documents, reports and presentations including presentations to the Public Utilities Board or City Council.
  • Direct and review work of consultants including scope, schedule, budget, and deliverables.
  • Represent Tacoma Water’s interests to projects led by other municipalities, agencies, or entities

This position includes a telework/in-office hybrid option.



We are looking to fill one role in the classification of Engineer or Professional Engineer.  An incumbent must meet the qualifications for the classification in order to be placed.

Professional Engineer

  • Four year degree from an accredited college or university
  • Washington State Professional Engineer license or ability to obtain within 12 months of employment
  • 5+ years of professional experience, desired


  • Professional Engineer License.
  • Valid Washington Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Position may require driving, sitting, standing, walking or climbing for long periods of time.
Work performed in office, field and other environments.


  • Four year degree from an accredited college or university in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering or related field*
  • 3+ years of experience in a highly technical division specialty (HTDS)

*Engineer in Training or Professional Engineer Certificate may be substituted for degree


  • Valid Washington Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Position may require driving, sitting, standing, walking or climbing for long periods of time.
Work performed in office, field and other environments.
Subject to visiting and working in trenches, below ground vaults, power poles or towers, buildings, structures or from aerial equipment.
Incumbents may also be exposed to hazardous substances and conditions.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Marisa Tetreault; if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.  One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Water
Tacoma Water has a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems. We provide high-quality water at very competitive prices. We provide direct service to more than 300,000 people throughout Pierce and King counties.  Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water.  If you share our values of safety, customer-driven, employee invested, stewardship and adaptability, we are looking for you.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: 
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

Should you have any questions about this position please call Human Resources at (253) 591-5400 before 4pm on the closing date.