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Become A Wastewater Project Engineer

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Working As A Wastewater Project 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 Wastewater Project Engineer Do At Tetra Tech

* Support a wide variety of municipal water and wastewater related projects involving pipelines, collection systems, lift/pump stations, storage and equalization facilities, pipeline rehabilitation and treatment facilities
* Lead the planning, evaluation and selection of preferred alternatives
* Perform conceptual and detailed design calculations and analyses
* Prepare detailed engineering reports and supporting documents
* Prepare construction drawings, specifications and cost estimates
* Provide construction support services such as bid evaluations, plan clarifications, review shop drawings, prepare operations and maintenance manuals, review monthly progress reports and evaluate change order requests

What Does A Wastewater Project Engineer Do At City of Seattle

* Develop and help implement improvements in CSO basins, managing planning alternatives and developing high level costs;
* Compose alternative analysis TM's and basis of estimates for options;
* Assist with SPU's CSO Long-term Control Plan update including revising program ranking criteria, updating and maintaining program costs, and reviewing consultant deliverables;
* Assist SPU staff with developing and implementing a regulatory strategy framework;
* Attend meetings with King County and assist with coordination of SPU's and King County's CSO programs.
* Line of Business (LOB) rep for CSO projects:
* Preparation of options analysis plans;
* Analysis of basin hydraulics;
* Lead options analysis teams to identify and evaluate CSO reduction measures;
* Preparation and presentation of CSO business cases to management;
* Maintain and update the CSO Program Sharepoint Site.
* Sewer Force Main condition assessment planning:
* Develop a plan for condition assessing force mains;
* Coordinate with crews and operations staff;
* Identify any required capital improvements;
* Oversee condition assessments

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How To Become A Wastewater Project 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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Wastewater Project Engineer Demographics


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  • White

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  • Black or African American

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Wastewater Project Engineer Education


    • University of New Orleans

    • University of Colorado at Boulder

    • University of Vermont

    • University of Maine

    • University of Tennessee - Knoxville

    • State University of New York at Binghamton

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    • Bachelors

    • Doctorate

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Real Wastewater Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Water/Wastewater Project Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Olympia, WA Nov 12, 2016 $110,011
Water/Wastewater Project Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Bellevue, WA Nov 02, 2009 $90,272
Water/Wastewater Project Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Calverton, MD Oct 01, 2014 $88,712
Water/Wastewater Project Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Calverton, MD May 21, 2015 $87,027
Water/Wastewater-Project Engineer Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Jan 12, 2014 $83,500
Water/Wastewater Project Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Calverton, MD Oct 05, 2012 $80,000
Water/Wastewater Project Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Silver Spring, MD May 14, 2012 $80,000
Water/Wastewater Project Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jan 08, 2012 $77,168
Water/Wastewater-Project Engineer Langan Engineering &Amp; Environmental Services, I Elmwood Park, NJ Jan 12, 2011 $70,750

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Top Skills for A Wastewater Project Engineer


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Top Wastewater Project Engineer Skills

  1. Process Flow Diagrams
  2. Cost Analysis
  3. Instrumentation Diagrams
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided on-site pilot and full scale activated sludge wastewater treatment plant start-up services including operator training.
  • Developed and modified plans for various treatment plant systems.
  • Reviewed and edited specifications for various projects.
  • Reduced excessive levels of NMP (corrosive chemical compound) for non-consumption usage.
  • Performed trade studies, detailing cost analyses of different treatment options.

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