Project Manager (Engineering)
Central Arizona Project - Phoenix, AZ

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The purpose of this position is to guide the CAP in executing multi-disciplinary projects from the conceptual stage to implementation and completion. It is expected that the Project Manager functionally operates with limited support from the Project Management Supervisor and Senior Project Managers. The Project Manager (PM) leads a defined project team through a collaborative project definition, assessment, review, and approval process, with oversight from an internal governing body. The PM works collaboratively with their team and other involved CAP departments / division to develop project budgets and schedules. The PM monitors, manages, and projects future project costs for budget purposes and analysis. The PM facilitates problem solving activities with his/her team and engages the appropriate CAP resources to reach solutions. Through the design process, the PM facilitates both internal and external specification and drawing reviews and monitors the schedule and costs of the design. The PM collaborates with the contract administration and construction inspection teams during the construction phase, tracking costs and schedule for each project assigned, reporting status periodically, and ensuring that all project documentation, including drawings are accurate, complete and retrievable. The PM facilitates project turnover and post-project critiques as necessary.

Each employee is responsible for his/her own safety and the safety of others in the workplace.

  • 1. Provides Project Management services and technical support for purposes of planning, constructing, modifying, operating and maintaining the CAP. 35%
  • 2. Prepares, or coordinates preparation of, studies, plans / drawings, construction specifications, material and cost estimates, and related contract terms; administers contracts; monitors contractors and consultants; inspects work; and reviews and recommends approval of contract invoices. 20%
  • 3. Maintains project schedules, prepares project reports, interprets plans and specifications, and inspects and tests the components for purposes of ensuring compliance with the established standards and criteria or resolving construction or operating problems.15%
4. Draws upon engineering expertise to help project teams solve technical problems and issues encountered in the development of project designs and the execution of project construction or installation. 5%

5. Consults with, and communicates recommendations to, CAP management, customers and entities whose proposed or current operations are impacted by, or may impact, the CAP facilities. 5%

  • 6. Creates and maintains records (drawings, specifications, licenses, etc.) that reflect the condition and history of the CAP property. 10%
7. Represents CAP to outside entities on engineering, technical and administrative matters as directed. 10%

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:


Education, Knowledge, Training, Skills, and Experience:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in a field of Engineering.
  • Five years of total experience in the Engineering or Construction Industry which must include a minimum of three years of relevant construction or project management experience.
  • Advanced Engineering, Business or other relevant degree may substitute for two years of the minimum experience requirement.
  • Proficient at developing construction-ready contract documents in a team environment including drawings and specifications.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Effective at building relationships of trust and providing effective leadership to multiple, interdisciplinary project teams with diverse personalities.
  • Proficiency with MS Excel and MS Project
  • Ability to control and manage project budgets, schedules, scope, risk, and quality.
  • Ability to work well under pressure of time constraints and to meet deadlines
  • Must effectively manage multiple projects at various phases of the project life cycle and preferably has demonstrated experience successfully managing projects through the approval, design, construction/installation, and close-out stages.
Required License: Must have a valid Arizona driver's license and maintain a good driving record.


Education, Knowledge, Training, Skills, and Experience:
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional
  • Professional Engineering registration

Independence: As a fully competent Project Manager in both the design and construction project management field, the individual follows CAP project review, approval and budgeting processes to successfully complete small to large projects on time and within budget. Independently coordinates work of interdisciplinary teams to ensure successful project completion. Responsible for all project aspects including project approval, budget preparation, budget variance reporting, project status preparation, project turnover and project close-out procedures. Facilitates decision-making within the project team, or with consultation with the Project Management Supervisor or Senior Project Manager, regarding project management problems. Makes use of advanced techniques and has the ability to handle multiple projects and priorities.

Impact: Decisions made impact budget and schedule performance, as well as customer satisfaction. Some projects will require a CAP system outage, so successful completion of work scheduled during an outage is imperative.


Type: Demonstrated superior oral and written communication skills. The Project Manager is expected to communicate with a wide variety of internal and external clients. Internal contact is with CAP departmental managers and supervisors to discuss problems and recommend solutions. Contact at higher management levels is to present solutions and seek approval. Other contacts include: project team members, Project Steering Committee Members, contract administration, purchasing, maintenance field personnel, planners and engineers. External contacts all levels of staff from consulting firms and construction contractors. In addition, frequent contact with regulatory agencies is also required.

Purpose: The primary purpose of internal contact is to coordinate project effort, project reporting and collaborating with team members. Outside contact is varied including coordinating consultants work activities, approving contract requests, exchanging information, presenting information to other agencies and the CAP Board of Directors.


Demonstrated team-building skills. Provides input on project team member's performance. Provides work direction to assigned personnel and leads project teams.

Supplemental Information:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that persons in this position will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Physical Demands: Essential job requirements involve one or more of a combination of physical movements such as standing, walking kneeling, reaching, climbing, bending, crawling, stooping, twisting, squatting, pushing and pulling; lifts, carries, pushes and pulls objects not to exceed 26 pounds and grasping and manipulation of work objects.

Essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected vision. Example: must be able to see, read and interpret handwritten and printed documents, correspondence, manuals, office papers, computer screen, etc., including seeing various colors. Must be able to see to operate work equipment.

Also essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected hearing which is necessary for the ability to hear and comprehend voice communications as well as the ability to speak to communicate to individuals on the job. Must be able to hear to operate work equipment.

Operating a vehicle for CAP business is an essential function of the job

Work Environment: Frequently, the position requires work out of the office, which requires driving a CAP vehicle on improved and unimproved roadways. Outside working conditions are dependent on the weather, which involves extreme heat in the summer (temperatures over 100 degrees) and cold in the winter (temperatures below freezing). Work visitations are required at the pumping plants and along the CAP canal. The pumping plants and office structures are heated and cooled. Noise levels are generally minimal, however, they can be excessive for brief periods of time. The person in this position moves about using various conveyances such as an elevator, stairway, and/or walk ramp. A lesser amount of work time is spent working inside in either a single-level or upper-level structured office building, which is heated, air-conditioned. Persons in this position occasionally work in the field having to walk up and down extremely rough terrain. Persons in this position will have exposure to flora, fauna and the natural habitat of the desert environment.

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