Asset Management Engineer, Tacoma, Washington

Created 01/12/2019
Reference 269830
Country United States
State Washington
City Tacoma
Salary $92,622.40 - $118,747.20 Annually
Position Description

Tacoma Water is seeking an experienced engineer for the position of Strategic Asset Management Plan Coordinator to lead and develop work teams (composed of knowledgeable staff from planning, engineering, operations and maintenance) to continue the advancement of strategic asset management plans (SAMPs) for 15 of Tacoma Water's 19 identified asset classes (ie Buildings/Structures/Grounds, Cathodic Protection, Distribution Mains, Fleet and Equipment, GenSets, Hydrants, Meters, PRV Stations, Pump Stations, Storage (Reservoirs),Transmission Mains, Treatment and Monitoring, Water Services, Wells and Valves) and to develop SAMPs for 4 new asset classes (Electrical Instrumentation & Controls, Environmental Stewardship, Information Systems and Security Infrastructure). This position is part of the Asset and Information Management Section at Tacoma Water and reports to the Asset Management Supervisor.

Tacoma Water has defined Asset Management (AM) as an integrated set of processes to minimize the lifecycle costs of owning, operating and maintaining assets, at an acceptable level of risk, while continuously delivering established levels of service.

As part of the AM workgroup, this important position will lead the preparation of SAMPs, which comprehensively document the state of each asset class, including asset inventory (material, size, age, value, etc.), engineering standards, operational levels of service (targets and actual), asset condition, risk analysis/modeling (likelihood and consequence), asset criticality, operation and maintenance strategies, replacement and renewal strategies, financial requirements/budgeting and associated asset and cost information.

Additionally, the SAMP Lead Coordinator is responsible for developing and refining risk based economic life models for the majority of the asset classes. These models calculate the optimal replacement timing of each specific asset in an asset class based on the annual risk cost of owning and operating the existing asset compared to the annualized cost of the replacement asset. The economic models digest data from SAMP asset registries, failure data from our CMMS system (SAP) and spatial data found in our ESRI GIS model.

This position will also assist in development of business case evaluations (BCE's) using a risk based triple bottom line approach to evaluate project alternatives based on lowest life-cycle costs.

The SAMP coordinator will also greatly contribute to and influence the development and implementation of long term organizational plans, centered around Strategic Maintenance Management, Capital Improvement, Performance Management, Strategy Management, Change Management and Information Technology, that support best management practices and the ultimate goal of firmly establishing an Advanced Asset Management Program at Tacoma Water.

This dynamic position will interact with and support all sections at Tacoma Water (Finance and Analytics, Asset and Information Management, Distribution Operations, Water Quality, Distribution Engineering and Water Supply) at all levels (from operators, mechanics, utility workers, engineers and analysts to management and the Superintendent). As such, this position will require the ability to work effectively in both group and individual settings, succeed in developing group consensus on multitudes of issues/topics, provide insight and direction around business process change, and demonstrate the ability to build, foster and maintain strong relationships at all levels throughout the organization.

City of Tacoma Recruitment
One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil, Environmental, Mechanical or Electrical engineering and Professional Engineer's license.

Valid Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter or equivalent mobility.

Washington State Professional Engineer's License at the time of appointment or ability to obtain by comity.

Knowledge & Skills

Develop methods of data collection and results interpretation. As necessary, implement results of research studies or programs with an appropriate and effective course of action based upon outcome or findings as it applies to assigned duties.

Prepare oral and written communications for professional and general public consumption that are effective in interpreting, applying and explaining results of analysis, business process changes, codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures in support of department's activities.

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, the general public, city, county, state and federal agencies while coordinating research in support of assigned department programs. Establish, coordinate and direct work teams to accomplish assigned tasks to a successful completion.

Plan and organize work to meet schedules and objectives. Remain abreast of the latest management methods and techniques.

Remain current on applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures within engineering field assigned.

Proficient in engineering practices and principles within field of expertise.

Coordinate and lead small groups, creating a cooperative and productive environment in which to resolve problems or develop and implement plans.

Actively contribute to a work environment that embraces diversity and uses diverse perspectives to enhance the attainment of organizational goals.

Influence others within the organization to be excited, enthused, and committed to furthering the organization's objectives.

Build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual regard.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Interested candidates should apply online and attach a resume, cover letter, and a technical writing sample (writing sample shall not exceed 3 pages) that describes specific experience and skills applicable to the position description.

Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the descriptions and skills of this position may be invited to participate in an interview. Successful candidates must successfully pass a background check.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please call Human Resourcesat 253.591.5400.

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant development such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of theTheaFossWaterway, the expansions of both theMultiCareand Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location - just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast - only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!
Closing Date/Time: 1/25/2019 5:00 PM Pacific
Employer City of Tacoma, WA

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