Mechanical Engineer
Central Arizona Project (CAP) - Phoenix, AZ

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Starting Salary Range: $73,008- $91,270

The Engineering Department provides engineering expertise, construction project management, technical services, and support to Central Arizona Project (CAP) and is seeking an experienced Mechanical Engineer to provide discipline expertise to CAP's capital improvement projects and internal asset modernization process.

CAP is the largest supplier of renewable water in the state of Arizona. We operate and maintain a 335 mile long aqueduct and pumping plant system that stretches from our source at the Colorado River to the communities of central and southern Arizona. On a yearly basis, we pump and deliver over 1.6 million acre-feet (over 521 billion-gallons) of water to enhance the state’s economy and quality of life and ensure sustainable growth for current and future populations of Arizonans. CAP is highly respected and takes great pride in providing the people of Arizona this service reliably, cost effectively and in an environmentally sound manner with the highest regard for employee safety and health, evolving public needs and customer satisfaction. Central Arizona Project is a family of caring people who work with pride to create a safe, supportive and friendly workplace.

We employ nearly 500 people who enjoy the close community of a small company while helping to fulfill our extremely valuable mission. We offer highly competitive salaries and excellent benefits including membership in the Arizona State Retirement System, partial employer matching of 401(k) contributions, medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage, 4-10 work schedule, and significant investment in employee training and development. Employees are eligible for benefits on their first day of employment. (Benefits are subject to change at any time). CAP is truly a Great Place to Work!

In this position, you would help guide the CAP in identifying solutions to technical engineering problems, ensure that technical documentation for those elements to are accurate, complete, and retrievable, as well as carry out and oversee the design of solutions to the engineering problems. You would be a productive team member on project teams bringing your mechanical engineering knowledge and set of network contacts to the team. A few of the specific responsibilities include:

  • Providing complete and professional design services and technical leadership for the purpose of planning and constructing new features of the CAP and modifying, operating, and maintaining existing features of the CAP through engineering expertise and coordination of all related disciplines. This includes the preparation of, or technical oversight of, plans and specifications, internal Work Packages, and materials and cost estimates.
  • Preparing, conducting, and coordinating technical studies and investigations.
  • Reviewing and communicating review comments on contract submittals, inspecting work done by contractors and CAP maintenance personnel, and providing technical input on work quality and adherence to codes and standards.
  • Creating and maintaining records (drawings, specifications, design assumptions, internal and external contact history, calculations, etc.) that reflect the condition and history of CAP property.

Five (5) years of applicable mechanical engineering experience with a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of MECHANICAL Engineering; or three (3) years of engineering experience with a Master's in Mechanical Engineering is required. Registration as a professional engineer is a plus.

The ideal candidate will possess effective interpersonal skills, superior communication skills (verbal and written), and experience with mechanical engineering design applications. Registration as a professional engineer is a plus. A wide project experience base and a willingness to learn are keys to success on our Engineering team.

Please note: The salary range indicated on this job ad reflects our starting salary range and not the full position range for current employees. For more detailed information about CAP and this position, visit

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