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ESD Extra: Build your Career at the Capital Improvement Program

Post Date:06/14/2019
The Capital Improvement Program to upgrade the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility presents a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity for engineers.

The 10-year, $1.4 billion CIP is the largest public works program in the South Bay and vital to the economic success of Silicon Valley. The RWF serves more than 1.4 million residents and 17,000 businesses in a 300-square-mile region that includes San José, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino and Los Gatos, among other areas. The RWF uses advanced tertiary treatment to discharge clean water into southern San Francisco Bay, supporting a diverse ecosystem that includes several dozen fish species.

Besides offering the opportunity to work on a legacy project, the CIP presents a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Members of the CIP tackle the challenge of upgrading a working wastewater facility that operates 24/7, 365 days a year, processing roughly 110 million gallons of effluent every day. The skills you develop at the CIP will take you far, whether you remain in the public sector or venture into the corporate world.

The CIP also presents opportunities for growth and career advancement. The culture within the CIP and the San José Environmental Services Department is supportive and collaborative, with numerous opportunities for training, growth and career advancement, as a new series of videos with four members of the CIP team shows.

Megha Prakash, an associate engineer with the CIP, talks in one of the videos about the assistance she’s received from both CIP leadership and peers.

“We have an incredible set of engineers who work here at the plant that are willing to go out of their way to provide support on projects as well as personal development,” Megha says. “That is something that’s unique to this department. There’s a culture of empowerment that helps you rise and helps others rise along with you.”

To see the videos and find job opportunities at the CIP, visit ESD’s careers page at
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