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AECOM Staff Geotechnical Engineer in New Orleans, Louisiana

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Staff Geotechnical Engineer to be located in New Orleans, LA.

Field or Project Locations: Louisiana and Texas

Job Summary:

This position is for a Geotechnical Engineer (EIT or new PE) with 2 to 5 years of relevant experience. You must demonstrate your competency and logic in geotechnical design, analyses, and engineering judgment for each project task. Your approach to project tasks should be positive, professional, and client focused. Your work ethic should strive to produce complete designs supported by accurate analyses based on sound geotechnical principles. Strong leadership skills are needed in this role to assist project managers and lead junior staff to complete project objectives. AECOM has the resources available to promote and grow your knowledge and skills set to foster a long-term and rewarding career.

The Geotechnical Engineering Team in Louisiana is unique, as it works on a variety of large, high-profile projects for a variety of industries including Water, Transportation, Coastal, Environmental, and Construction. This involves site investigations, soil laboratory testing interpretations, all manner of geotechnical analyses and calculations, rehabilitation designs, alternatives analyses, etc. The Louisiana team is supported by a group of geotechnical professionals, with 2 to 30+ years of experience, and who meet remotely for weekly department calls. Your work week will consist of completing independent project related tasks and collaborating with multiple discipline design and project teams. Your work week will consist of completing independent project related tasks and collaborating with multiple discipline design and project teams. You must have very strong communication skills and the ability to work with a team across the nation and, possibly, around the world. You will be mentored by senior and mid-level geotechnical professionals which is a key component of this position and requires daily, in person, in office, collaboration. This dynamic work environment is intended to foster your professional growth and technical excellence. Future benefits such as flexible hours and flexibility to work from home or remote from office may be available but are not guaranteed for this position. This role offers exciting opportunities to support the design and construction of mega, landmark, projects that will be completed over the next 5 to 10+ years in Louisiana and Texas.

Candidate will, under supervision and mentorship:

  • Participate in field assignments that will include soil and rock borings, test pits, CPT soundings, geophysical testing; geotechnical instrumentation design and construction; and inspection of the construction of geotechnical features like retaining walls, foundations, dams, levees, floodwalls, and tunnels.

  • Have the opportunity to travel and work in locations within the state of Louisiana and Texas (potentially other states within the USA and around the world).

  • Mentor and train junior geotechnical engineers.

  • Design shallow and deep foundations, earth retaining structures, ground improvement, flood risk reduction structures, embankments and cut slopes, and both soft and hard rock tunnels.

  • Develop geotechnical design parameters based on field and laboratory data results.

  • Prepare and review Geotechnical Reports, Alternative Analysis Reports, etc.

  • Use computer programs including GeoStudio, UTexas4, LPILE, GROUP, SHAFT, Plaxis, FLAC, Settle3D, and MathCAD for geotechnical analyses.

  • Review design plans and specifications and for compliance with geotechnical recommendations and communicate with multiple disciplines and provide design improvement recommendations.

  • Have the opportunity to meet with clients and participate in proposals.

You will have the opportunity to work toward obtaining the AECOM Project Management Certification, if you want to go into Project Management. This is not a requirement or even necessarily a preference, but it would be encouraged after a year of working at AECOM and 5 to 10 years in Geotechnical Engineering, only if you are interested.

Candidates should be prepared to travel a minimum of 25% or field work at active construction sites to support other offices and/or AECOM, as needed. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong technical knowledge of the principles of soil and rock mechanics, geotechnical design, manage their own time and budget, and effectively work within a multi-disciplinary team that is spread across the USA, or in some cases, the world.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS + 2 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

  • Engineer in Training Certification (EIT) is required.

  • Due to the nature of this work US citizenship or naturalized US citizenship required.

  • Valid US drivers license required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience = 2 to 5 years of practical applied knowledge in the industry

  • Must have strong technical progression within fundamental topics in geotechnical engineering

  • Proficient in GeoStudio (SLOPE-W, SEEP-W, SIGMA-W, etc.)

  • Experience or knowledge in planning and completing drilling, field investigations, laboratory testing, advanced material characterization, seepage analysis, slope stability analysis, settlement analysis, and construction of dams, levees, channel improvements, and other heavy earthwork projects.

  • Ability to perform daily tasks 75-100% in office with potentially traveling less than 25%. Traveling time may increase depending on project assignments.

  • Ability to support marketing effort in pursuing alternative delivery work with a focus on geotechnical engineering

  • A positive attitude that motivates the project team.

  • Ability to work on fast paced challenging and complex projects

  • Ability to work on multiple ongoing projects at the same time

  • Willing to work overtime if needed to complete a task to meet the client’s schedule or request

  • Willing to primarily collaborate in office work environment and periodically collaborate in a hybrid work environment of partly office and partly remote.

  • Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering, or in progress

  • Preferred experience in LPILE, APILE, GROUP, SHAFT, Plaxis, FLAC, Settle3D, and MathCAD

  • Understanding of soft soils in Louisiana and/or expansive soils in Texas and their impacts to design is a plus.

  • Experience in construction inspection, such as deep foundation monitoring and testing; groundwater monitoring; and concrete placement monitoring.

  • Willingness of overnight and/or multiple day field inspections during project critical tasks

Additional Information

  • Relocation is not available for this position.

  • Sponsorship is not available for this role.

  • Project site travel required as needed.

AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10091127

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: On-Site