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Colorado Springs Utilities Water Treatment Engineer  in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Water Treatment Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $81,161 to $122,720

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 5/20/21

Water Treatment Engineer

*Utilities is advertising this position at multiple levels, either an Engineer III or an Engineer IV. The successful candidate will be offered a position and corresponding salary commensurate with experience.

The Colorado Springs Utilities (Utilities) Water Planning and Design team is looking for a Water Treatment Engineer to support long term planning, capital project delivery (over $150M currently planned), and operational performance management of Utilities Water Treatment infrastructure that includes six water treatment plants with a combined maximum daily capacity of over 250 MGD.

Additionally, we own and operate six water treatment plants of various capacities utilizing primarily surface water from surrounding watersheds and trans-mountain sources. These water sources are distributed through a complex water distribution system consisting of 5 major pressure zones, 30 pumping stations, 37 finished water storage tanks, and over 2100 miles of transmission and distribution pipelines.

In this role, you will use your water treatment process technical skills in a collaborative environment to support Utilities asset lifecycle approach to planning, delivering, and managing the performance of our water treatment infrastructure.

Key areas of focus:

  • Water Treatment Process Design:

  • You will be the primary Water Treatment Process Subject Matter Expert for the organization. The position requires knowledge and expertise in state of the practice and state of the art treatment processes for municipal supply. You will have a working knowledge of plant hydraulics, chemical, physical, and biological treatment processes, process instrumentation and controls, and process optimization. The position requires the use of treatment process modeling, hydraulic modeling, and analytical software and an understanding of water treatment principles to develop planning, design, technical and optimization recommendations for treatment system improvements.

  • Infrastructure Planning and Design:

  • You will be expected to have the knowledge and skills necessary to support and lead projects of moderate to high complexity in the area of water treatment plant systems, that are interdependent with electrical, instrumentation and controls for treatment plants; raw water collection and transmission systems; pump and pipeline systems; potable and non-potable water distribution and storage systems. Opportunities also exist to work with and support other departments in the areas of water resource supply, water system operations, water standards, and wastewater.

  • Engineering Services During Construction:

  • You will also support construction projects through shop drawing and submittal reviews, field inspections, control strategy development/implementation, and commissioning and start-up planning and implementation activities.

Who you are: You will bring your Bachelor’s degree in engineering and your Professional Engineers license along with 4 or more years of water treatment process knowledge. You must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and able to work as part of a diverse team! If you are organized, able to develop new approaches to solve problems and balance multiple priorities we want you! Individuals who exhibit effective communication skills, a professional demeanor, and flexibility will excel in this position. Candidates should be proficient in planning and designing water treatment facilities.

Preferred Technical Skills: (When applying, please highlight your professional experience, skills, and abilities):

  • Water treatment process

  • Coagulation

  • Flocculation

  • Sedimentation

  • Filtration

  • Disinfection

  • Hydraulics – open channel and closed conduit

  • Instrumentation and control system (control strategies/process control)

  • Condition assessment of water treatment process equipment

  • Planning document development and review

  • Design document development and review (issued for bid/construction)

  • Construction submittal/shop drawing review

  • Operations performance management (optimization and efficiency efforts)

  • Project management

Who we are: Colorado Springs Utilities has a vast array of water and wastewater infrastructure and we are actively upgrading and improving our water treatment facilities. Your role is key to the implementation of Utilities' long-term water supply and treatment strategy. This opportunity will provide intellectually challenging work and the opportunity to develop and grow as an engineer within the field collaborating with other workgroups including operations, geospatial technologies, data analytics, and reporting teams to develop a comprehensive integrated asset visualization and business intelligence environment.

Why Apply: We are big enough to have a large variety of projects but small enough where you will be involved with many of those projects. You will work across the various areas of our water system (raw and finished) and will collaborate with peers in the wastewater service line. If you are passionate about infrastructure and specifically water treatment, with the ability to gain exposure to your local utility company and its business operations, then we want to hear from you! This position will allow you to grow your technical skills and advance your career alongside staff who are passionate about their service to this community.

Colorado Springs Utilities offers a comprehensive benefits program to help you and your family protect your health and financial security.

  • Medical – Select from three medical plans including a Health Savings Account compatible plan

  • Voluntary Wellness Program – Earn incentives, gift cards, and gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two plans including orthodontia coverage

  • Vision Insurance – Voluntary plan covering a full range of vision care services

  • Health Savings Accounts – Tax-advantaged savings account used for healthcare expenses

  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Tax-advantaged spending accounts for healthcare and/or dependent daycare expenses

  • Disability Insurance –Short-Term and Long-Term coverage provides income replacement for illness or injury

  • Life Insurance – Term life coverage with the option to purchase supplemental coverage

  • Paid Time Off – vacation, personal leave, sick leave, holidays, jury and bereavement

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase additional vacation time

  • Pension – Colorado PERA retirement plan funded by both employees and the organization.

  • Retirement Saving Programs - Supplement your pension with PERA 401(k) or PERA Roth 401(k), ICMA Roth IRA, ICMA 457 or 457 Roth plan

  • Educational Assistance – Financial assistance for qualifying courses

  • Additional Benefits - Employee Assistance Program, and Long-Term Care Insurance


  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support