Engineers - the cornerstone of Reclamation's history
Over the past 100 years, skilled engineers have given Reclamation a rich history highlighted with the taming of rivers, the construction of massive dams and canal works, and the management of huge powerplants that brought settlement to the American West. Today, the roles and responsibilities of a Reclamation engineer within a particular discipline can range widely over a myriad of projects and programs, each challenging the innovation and creativity of a person working in this field. For example, a civil engineer can go from designing a cost-effective bridge or dam in one project, to creating wetland areas or fish-rearing coves in another. Creating operational models of major river systems, performing safety inspections of dams - ranging from large concrete to small earthen structures, maintaining huge hydro-powerplants...all these tasks - and more! - are part of an exciting engineering career with Reclamation.
Mechanical Engineer Don Jones works at Grand Coulee Dam, the largest capacity hydropower project in the United States, gaining experience on the whole spectrum of hydroelectric technology.
Civil Engineer Jaime Huerta began working with the Bureau of Reclamation as a student. He became a lead project engineer after graduation.