Project Engineer for Technical Innovation

PG Engineering · Charleston, South Carolina
Department PG Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Who is Water Mission?

Water Mission is a rapidly growing Christian engineering nonprofit working to end the global water crisis by building safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions in developing nations and disaster areas. Guided by love, excellence, and integrity, we are driven to share clean, safe water and God’s love with all. To date, we have served nearly 7 million people in 57 countries. Working at Water Mission is as much a calling as it is a career, and we are searching for people with the courage, passion, and drive to help us change the world. Read more about What We Believe, our Statement of Faith, and our Christian Mission.

What is the opportunity?

The Project Engineer for Technical Innovation is a full-time position reporting to the Engineering Manager for Technical Innovation and the Director of Engineering and Innovation. The Technical Innovation Group is focused on atypical project challenges, new technology potentials, and field quality concerns within Water Mission safe water, sanitation, and hygiene projects worldwide. The Project Engineer is responsible primarily for applying sound engineering principles, excellent analytical skills, and quality written and verbal communication to a variety of safe water projects worldwide. The ideal candidate will have an electrical (solar) background. Typical Water Mission projects also lend well to general chemical, civil, and environmental engineering backgrounds, and these disciplines will be considered. 


Travel to remote locations in developing countries is required. As needs arise, candidates need to be prepared to travel three to six months out of the year (i.e., multiple trips during a single calendar year totaling three to six months), with trip lengths ranging from two weeks to three months. Candidates need to be aware that travel to a disaster response situation may be required with only 72 hours of notice.

The Project Engineer for Technical Innovation will:

  • Maintain a strong Christian witness to colleagues, vendors, donors, charitable beneficiaries, and general public
  • Work in a posture of humble service to God and others 
  • Be committed to the values of Love, Excellence, and Integrity 
  • Work in a team environment to provide technical direction and assistance to other engineers, technicians, volunteers, and partner organizations 
  • Develop engineering designs for safe water projects in developing country and disaster response settings 
  • Conduct field inspections and site assessments in developing countries  
  • Create feasibility studies and engineering reports 
  • Create standard and project-specific engineering designs, calculations, construction drawings, and specifications 
  • Investigate and/or design new technologies and concepts for project implementation 
  • Design and review electrical plans for projects 
  • Solicit and coordinate input for electrical experts on necessary project applications 
  • Complete projects in accordance with approved engineering and construction standards within Water Mission 
  • Complete projects in accordance with Water Mission reporting procedures and documentation protocols 
  • Work across engineering disciplines and gain a base level of understanding as required by projects 
  • Work within cross-cultural environments while overcoming stereotypes and language barriers 
  • Work on multiple simultaneous projects 
  • Maintain good communications with multiple team members across multiple countries and time zones 
  • Maintain good communications with outside entities 
  • Ensure work is done within an agreed upon scope, schedule, and budget 
  • Assist in the development of engineering standards for worldwide projects 
  • Participate in disaster response activities as needed at headquarters, in field offices, and in unknown remote locations 
  • Prepare and make presentations to other departments, partner organizations, country program office staff, strategic partners, donors, and volunteers 

    What is required?

    • Personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ
    • Alignment with Water Mission’s Statement of Faith and core values of Love, Excellence, and Integrity
    • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Civil Engineering – (Chemical, Environmental, and other Engineering degrees considered). Preference will be given to candidates with experience with solar (PV) systems
    • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) status preferred, Engineering Intern (EIT) Status considered
    • 4-10 years of engineering experience
    • Legal authorization to work in the United States without sponsorship
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    • Knowledgeable skills with office computer programs (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook) and engineering programs such as EPANET, Microsoft Project, AutoCAD, etc.
    • Excellent relationship skills
    • High attention to detail
    • Excellent analytical skills
    • Experience in developing countries (preferred, not required)
    • Foreign language skills (preferred, not required)
    • Ability and willingness to travel up to 50 percent of the time required, mostly in developing countries. Most international trips are 2 weeks to 3 months in length and require this person to ride in long car rides on rough terrain, stand for extended periods of time in hot weather, and lift heavy things. 

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    • Location
      Charleston, South Carolina
    • Department
      PG Engineering
    • Employment Type
    • Minimum Experience