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Engineering

Engineering

Who is Engineering?

Engineering provides design and construction inspection for our capital improvements program. This includes:

  • New facilities such as treatment plants, aquifer storage and recovery wells.
  • New and replacement water mains in our distribution system.
  • Replacement of existing equipment such as finished water pumps and lime feed systems.
  • Maintenance of existing buildings such as brick repair and roof replacement.

Engineering maintains the record drawings of all of our capital projects so we have all the information on what was constructed. We take the lead on working with contractors and developers, on all water service connections that are two inches and larger. Engineering conducts long-range-plans for water resources, water treatment and water distribution to make sure we are poised to meet the growing demand for water into the future.

The Engineering Team

The Engineering Team consists of engineers, engineering technicians, engineering analysts, drafters, and support staff.  The engineers include one director, one engineering supervisor, two project managers, one infrastructure-planning manager, one PE engineer and one staff engineer. Six of the seven engineers are registered professional engineers. All five of the engineering technicians have State of Iowa Water Distribution System certificates.

What it’s Like to Work in Engineering at DMWW

We have a wide variety of projects, which provides an exciting work environment for our engineering staff. A typical cycle for a capital project is to:

  • Gather all the required information regarding the current condition of the project site.
  • Generate the design drawing with the current information.
  • Generate the design plans and specifications for bidding the capital project.
  • Monitor the construction of the project to ensure the contractor follows the plans and specifications for the project.
  • Generate the record drawings for the project, showing how the project was constructed.

Each capital project will be designed and built by a team from engineering. Each team will have engineers, an engineering technician and a drafter to complete the design and construction of the project.

Are You Eager for a Career in Engineering at DMWW?

We want team members who:

  • Are willing to pitch-in wherever and whenever needed.
  • Like to solve problems.
  • Are able to analyze and break down a situation to the smallest units to best define the real problem.
  • Like to work in a team environment.
  • Like to provide good customer service to our internal customers.

There is room for advancement within our Engineering Team. For example:

  • Drafters have moved into engineering technician positions and positions in other departments in the utility.
  • Our engineering analysts moved up from an engineering technician position.
  • Employees have filled engineering technician positions from Water Distribution and Water Production Departments.
  • Engineers have advanced from Staff Engineer to PE Engineer, to Project Manager and to Director positions.
  • The current CEO/General Manager, Director of Water Distribution, and Director of Water Production were all engineers in the Engineering Department at one point in their careers.

Des Moines Water Works is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and complies with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.

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