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AECOM Lead Geotechnical Engineer in Oakland, California

Job Summary

AECOM is actively seeking a highly motivated Lead Geotechnical Engineer to be based in Oakland, California.

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.

About DCSA—Water

  • With more than 3,200 Water professionals in all major markets throughout the United States and Canada, AECOM’s Water business line leverages nearly a century of local, national and international project experience to provide today’s municipalities, industries and governments with cost-effective solutions to their Water challenges. We deliver our services—from environmental planning studies to detailed design, construction management, and operations and maintenance—to a wide range of public and private sector clients. Our public sector work encompasses everything from small rural communities, to large urban centers, to agencies with regional responsibilities. Our private sector work includes assignments for multiple commercial/industrial sectors, including oil and gas, chemicals, power, food and beverage, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. https://aecom.com/markets/water/

The AECOM Oakland, California Geo-Engineering Department has an immediate need for an experienced, energetic Lead Geotechnical Engineer to take on a leadership role in our geotechnical engineering practice. The candidate will have the opportunity to direct projects for a variety of facilities including dams, pipelines, tunnels, levees, bridges, refineries, and building structures and coordinate with a broad range of other disciplines within AECOM.

The candidate should have experience in supervising and training staff in geotechnical investigations, analyses, reporting, and construction observation. Business development for existing and new clients will be an integral part of the position.

​​​​​​​Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Project management – tracking scope, schedule and budget

  • Business development for new and existing clients

  • Preparing engineering services proposals, cost estimates, and schedules

  • Preparing Project Work Plans and Health and Safety Plans

  • Providing technical support to geotechnical projects

  • Overseeing and preparing engineering reports and documentation

  • Reviewing engineering reports and documentation prepared by junior staff

  • Ensuring the quality of project deliverables

  • Mentoring and technical development of junior staff

  • Performing Independent Technical Reviews

  • Strong commitment to ensuring safe project execution

The job responsibilities include:

  • Provides technical leadership for a specialty and is considered to be a fully capable professional in their field.

  • Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields. Makes decisions independently on technical problems and methods, and represents the organization in conferences.

  • Resolves important questions and plans and coordinates work.

  • Requires the use of advanced techniques and the modifications and extension of theories, precepts and practices of the field and related sciences and disciplines.

  • The knowledge and expertise required for this level of work usually result from progressive experience.

  • Supervision and guidance relate largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters.

  • Receives direction on unusual conditions and developments.

Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS degree plus 8 years of relevant experience

  • PE registration

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, with a Master’s degree or PhD in Civil Engineering strongly preferred

  • 10+ years of relevant professional experience

  • California GE registration

  • Experience planning and directing geotechnical investigations

  • Thorough knowledge of foundation engineering including shallow and deep foundations, earthwork, slope stability

  • Working knowledge of relevant building code provisions

  • Experience working on Water Resources projects

  • Experience working in Refinery or other industrial sites

  • Experience working with local permitting jurisdictions

  • OSHA 40 Hour Hazwoper Trained

  • Local travel may be required

  • Due to the nature of this work, qualified applicants who are offered a position may need to pass a pre-employment substance abuse test

  • Must possess a valid driver's license

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

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

Job Category Engineering - Geotechnical

Business Line Water

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 257356BR

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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