Principal Engineer

San Diego, California
$132,589.60 - $178,318.40 Annually
Nov 17, 2021
Dec 02, 2021
Position Type
Organization Type
Government, Other

The Principal Engineer carries out the administrative, technical engineering review responsibilities, and supervision of professional and technical staff required to successfully deliver a complex CIP program; may participate in the conduct of complex and technical engineering projects, engineering analysis, water resources planning analysis, research, planning and design for a variety of capital construction programs and/or maintenance/improvement programs; and performs related duties as assigned.

The Ideal Candidate
The Principal Engineer in the Design and Energy Services division will oversee a group of nine staff and be responsible for design process standards; quality control of all design documents; mentoring, guiding, and training staff; and overall Water Authority CIP design. The successful candidate will be a strong, compassionate leader with extensive technical skills. The ideal candidate will be expected to: 

  • Consistently demonstrate a thorough understanding of engineering design and/or construction;
  • Display the confidence needed to face the toughest leadership challenges;
  • Inspire others to do their best;
  • Promote harmony and teamwork;
  • Earn the respect and loyalty of subordinates;
  • Exhibit political acumen, using varied communication techniques;
  • Demonstrate a desire to mentor and coach others;
  • Share credit for success and accept responsibility for failures;
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills; and
  • Communicate effectively, horizontally and vertically.

Qualification Guidelines
The qualification guidelines generally describe the knowledge and ability required to enter the job in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in civil engineering or related field supplemented by eight years of professional engineering experience, including public water/utility design and construction, use of project management tools, budgeting, contract administration, and supervision with at least two years of experience at the level of the Water Authority's Senior Engineer class; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses and Other Requirements:

  • A valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the State of California. 
  • A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Water Authority's Vehicle Insurance Policy.

Application Procedure

To be considered for this position, please submit an employment application and supplemental questionnaire by Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application and supplemental questionnaire. Apply online at

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