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Utilities Planner / Modeler

HDR, Inc. Folsom, CA

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About Us

 At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities


The primary duties of the Utilities Planner / Modeler include technical leadership, planning, leading and managing  Utility Planning and UMS projects, working with teams on various utility planning and utility management service-related projects for special districts and local municipalities, and participation in marketing efforts to pursue new planning projects.
Management responsibilities include:
  •  Plan, lead and manage Utility Planning and UMS projects, working with teams on various utility planning and utility management service-related projects for special districts and local municipalities.
  •  Deliver technical products that meet client expectations. Responsible for workload, financial, schedule and quality aspects of the projects.
  •  Production of preliminary design technical reports and performing master planning studies. Primary tasks may include: developing and calibrating water, wastewater, and stormwater hydraulic models, performing GIS data analysis, developing maps and figures, alternatives analysis, system water quality, energy and operations optimization and rehabilitation studies, and developing capital improvement recommendations and plans.
  •  Collaborate with the Area and Regional Utility Planning Practice Lead in efforts to grow Utility Planning and Utility Management Services programs.
  •  Lead pursuits for new projects and clients and participate in marketing and proposal preparation activities. Establish/maintain personal and company client relationships to understand client needs, upcoming projects, and goals.
  •  Participation in local and national professional organization(s) and internal practice groups. Implement effective quality assurance and quality control reviews.
    Technical responsibilities include:
    • Provide local leadership of infrastructure planning, modeling, identification of capital improvements, and distribution/collection system operational optimization technical capabilities in support of client development leads.
    • Serve as client manager and project manager on utility planning projects.
    • Build local technical expertise and production capacity through recruitment and training.
    • Participate in support of client development and project pursuits.
    • Facilitate lessons learned for project delivery, processes, trends, successes, strengths and weaknesses.
    • Identify technical market trends in the local markets
    Work with Area Lead and Marketing Managers to identify and screen key clients with high probability pursuits that align with the Utility Planning strengths and the business trends in the area.
    Keywords: Utility Planning, UMS, Utility Management Services, water, wastewater, sewer, stormwater utility master planning, water demand and sewer flow generation forecasting 



    Required Qualifications


    Bachelor's degree in a professional, engineering or related field.  A Master's degree is beneficial. Maintains a professional or engineering registration and has related technical experience. Long-term interest in utility master planning, hydraulic modeling, and utility management services is important.
    Hands on working knowledge in a majority of the following technical areas: Water, Sewer, and stormwater utility master planning, water demand and sewer flow generation forecasting, land use planning,  water conservation and demand management practices, integrated and conjunctive use water resource planning,  water and wastewater regulatory compliance and technical support, sustainability in the water and wastewater utility fields, water distribution and sewer collection system O&M programs, GIS and database management, knowledge of utility rates and finance issues, and experience with hydraulic modeling (steady state, EPS, and dynamic) is desirable. 

    Knowledge and experience in a cross section of hydraulic modeling software applications such as InfoWater, WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, EPANET, InfoSewer, SewerGEMS, SewerCAD, InfoSWWM and InfoWorks WS/CS/ICM is desirable but not mandatory.  Knowledge of modeling concepts and capabilities is needed.

    Strong general computer skills and interest in learning many different software packages

    Interest or experience in asset management, condition assessment and rehabilitation, regulatory support, sustainability, utility finance and economics and operations and maintenance optimization is beneficial.

    Preferred Qualifications


    Experienced in technical writing for report preparation.
    Demonstrates willingness to learn and grow skills into new areas.
    Self-motivated, able to work independently and with a project team to completion of a task or project.
    Ability to lead project teams to complete a wide variety of planning projects.
    Strong communication, technical writing, organizational, and time management skills.
    A positive attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture.

    Why HDRAt HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.  

    Job Details

    Date Posted June 28, 2017
    Date Closes June 28, 2018
    Requisition 144601
    Located In Folsom, CA
    SOC Category 00-0000.00