Chris Olsen, P.E.
Director of Engineering
Chris Olsen is the Director of Engineering for the Orange County Water District. His responsibilities include planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Engineering Department, including long-term strategic planning, capital program development, engineering design, and construction management.
Chris also manages engineering projects, which includes: planning projects, calculating project costs, determining project feasibility, preparing request for proposals, selecting and managing design consultants, setting direction and course for design effort, determining project schedules, reviewing plans at various stages of completion, coordinating construction bidding and award, recommending approval of design, approving invoices, and preparing agenda submittals. Chris began working for the District in 2006. Prior to his current position, he was the OCWD assistant director of engineering.
Chris earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. He is also a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California.