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Become A Senior Water Resources Engineer

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Working As A Senior Water Resources Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $85,850

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Water Resources Engineer Do At Stantec

* Leading a design team and managing tasks related to the detailed studies, modeling and designs associated with the management of stormwater conveyance systems and related facilities
* Coordinating with engineers and technical staff to ensure that the projects' needs are met in a timely and effective manner
* Preparing proposals for new projects
* Managing project budgets, staff allocation for projects, and preparing and reviewing invoices prior to issuance to the client
* Meeting regularly with project team members, including clients, to provide project updates and review project needs
* Following established processes for obtaining necessary project approvals from various agencies
* Writing technical reports and design briefs to document analyses
* Taking responsibility for the quality of your written, technical and graphic work
* Coordinating design drawings, in an AutoCAD environment, for stormwater management features
* Your Capabilities and Credentials
* Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, hydrology or related field required
* Registered Professional Engineer (PE) or the ability to obtainwithin 6 months.
* Minimum 10 years total experience
* Minimum 5 years experience in the analysis/design of water resources projects
* Experience with multiple hydrologic and hydraulic models, such as HEC
* HMS, HEC-RAS, SWMM, etc.
* Working knowledge of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and FEMA flood mapping and mitigation programs.
* Proficiency in AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS, and MS Office
* Must be willing to travel for project needs as required
* Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
* Ability to work independently and self-motivate to take projects to completion
* Ability to effectively communicate with internal team members andclient

What Does A Senior Water Resources Engineer Do At Johnson Environmental Services

Work responsibilities may include but are not limited to: providing marketing skills with associated proposal development; work on the development of water master plans and various other water utility planning documents, provide all aspects of the design process including the ultimate development of plans and specifications for various construction projects; manage all aspects of the design and construction process; develop and manage design and construction budgets; interact with clients along with the management of project meetings and presentations; and, participate in the development of technical memorandums and reports

What Does A Senior Water Resources Engineer Do At Kiewit Corporation

* The candidate will be part of teams responsible for completing engineering assignments in support of heavy civil construction for Kiewit Construction Companies’ business including drainage design, detailed hydrologic and hydraulic analysis (using various models and methods), and preparation of design plans, reports and technical memoranda.
* This will require a broad understanding from a national perspective of the following:
* Hydrology
* o Single-event and continuous rainfall modeling
* o Watershed analysis, hydrograph and peak discharge development and routing

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How To Become A Senior Water Resources Engineer

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Although licensure requirements vary within the United States, civil engineers usually must be licensed in the locations where they provide services directly to the public.


Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. Programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics, among other courses, depending on the specialty. Courses include a mix of traditional classroom learning, work in laboratories, and fieldwork.

A degree from a program accredited by the ABET is needed in order to earn the professional engineer (PE) license. In many states, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology also will suffice as an academic requirement for obtaining a license.

About 1 in 4 civil engineers has a master’s degree. Further education after the bachelor’s degree, along with the PE license and previous experience, is helpful in getting a job as a manager. For more information on engineering managers, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Civil engineers often balance multiple and frequently conflicting objectives, such as determining the feasibility of plans with regard to financial costs and safety concerns. Urban and regional planners often look to civil engineers for advice on these issues. Civil engineers must be able to make good decisions based on best practices, their own technical knowledge, and their own experience.

Leadership skills. Civil engineers take ultimate responsibility for the projects that they manage or research that they perform. Therefore, they must be able to lead planners, surveyors, construction managers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering technologists, and others in implementing their project plan.

Math skills. Civil engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Organizational skills. Only licensed civil engineers can sign the design documents for infrastructure projects. This requirement makes it imperative that civil engineers be able to monitor and evaluate the work at the jobsite as a project progresses. That way, they can ensure compliance with the design documents. Civil engineers also often manage several projects at the same time, and thus must be able to balance time needs and to effectively allocate resources.

Problem-solving skills. Civil engineers work at the highest level of the planning, design, construction, and operation of multifaceted projects or research. The many variables involved require that they possess the ability to identify and evaluate complex problems. They must be able to then utilize their skill and training to develop cost-effective, safe, and efficient solutions.

Speaking skills. Civil engineers must present reports and plans to audiences of people with a wide range of backgrounds and technical knowledge. This requires the ability to speak clearly and to converse with people in various settings, and to translate engineering and scientific information into easy to understand concepts.

Writing skills. Civil engineers must be able to communicate with others, such as architects, landscape architects, and urban and regional planners. They also must be able to explain projects to elected officials and citizens. This means that civil engineers must be able to write reports that are clear, concise, and understandable to those with little or no technical or scientific background.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a civil engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, approve design plans, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years working under a licensed engineer
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Each state issues its own licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements. Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses.


Civil engineers with ample experience may move into senior positions, such as project managers or functional managers of design, construction, operation, or maintenance. However, they would first need to obtain the Professional Engineering (PE) license, because only licensed engineers can assume responsibilities for public projects.

After gaining licensure, a professional engineer may seek credentialing that attests to his or her expertise in a civil engineering specialty. Such a credential may be of help for advancement to senior technical or even managerial positions.

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Senior Water Resources Engineer Education


    • Utah State University

    • University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    • Villanova University

    • San Francisco State University

    • Regis University

    • University of Wisconsin Extension

    • Colorado State University

    • Northwest University

    • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

    • University of Texas at Dallas

    • University of New Hampshire

    • Carnegie Mellon University

    • University of Mississippi

    • University of South Florida

    • University of Tennessee - Knoxville

    • University of California - Berkeley

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Real Senior Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Water Resources Engineer Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Inc. Milton, MA Oct 01, 2011 $130,000 -
Senior Water Resource Engineer Dewberry Consultants LLC Fairfax, VA May 31, 2014 $110,989
Senior Water Resources Engineer NMP Engineering Consultants, Inc. Huntingtown, MD May 29, 2015 $104,000
Senior Water Resources Engineer Ms Consultants, Inc. Columbus, OH Sep 05, 2016 $100,007
Senior Water Resources Engineer Riverside Technology, Inc. Fort Collins, CO Nov 16, 2015 $94,682 -
Senior Water Resource Engineer Wood Rodgers, Inc. Sacramento, CA Jun 23, 2014 $93,915
Senior Water Resources Engineer Michael Baker Jr., Inc. Sacramento, CA Jul 10, 2009 $90,000
SR. Water Resources Engineer AIA Engineers, Ltd Houston, TX Aug 14, 2015 $87,568
Senior Water Resources Engineer NMP Engineering Consultants, Inc. Huntingtown, MD Jan 09, 2016 $82,410
Senior Water Resources Engineer URS Corporation Herndon, VA Nov 30, 2009 $70,228
Senior Water Resources Engineer URS Corporation Louisville, KY Jun 25, 2012 $63,194

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Top Skills for A Senior Water Resources Engineer


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Top Senior Water Resources Engineer Skills

  1. Storage
  2. GIS
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Staff Manual for Program/Project Management.
  • Established a track record for winning work and established wide visibility in marketplace.
  • Worked as team member on wide variety of water resources projects
  • Project Coordinator for UDFCD Piney Creek Master Drainageway Plan.
  • Project Manager for the review and recommendations of the Urban Drainage & Flood Control District's UD-Sewer storm water computer program.

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