AECOM Senior Dam Engineer in Sydney, Australia

Requisition/Vacancy No. 146675BR

Position Title Senior Dam Engineer

Job Category Engineering - Water / Wastewater

Business Line Water

Country Australia

State/Province/Region AU - New South Wales

City Sydney

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About the Business Line


We create comprehensive delivery solutions for water, wastewater and wet weather systems, desalination, water resources, water reuse, tunneling, and community infrastructure through traditional and alternative delivery services such as program management and design-build.

Job Summary

AECOM is a major international consultant, opportunities will arise to work on projects within the greater Australian and New Zealand Dam team and become involved in major projects that may require relocation/mobilisation to a design office or site within Australia, the Asia Pacific region or worldwide. The Senior Geotechnical Dam Engineer will be located in Sydney and be a part of the broader Australian Dams Engineering team. The role includes participation in a broad range of dam engineering design projects, specifically geotechnical investigations and embankment dam engineering, from concept development through to detailed design and construction support.



The Senior Dam Engineer will be responsible for the technical performance for a broad range of dam engineering projects and responsibilities shall include:

  • Manage engineering projects to achieve compliance with the client brief, relevant legislation and management plans. Project direction and support will be provided by Technical Director and Associate Director level engineer within the Dams group.

  • Striving to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner, that client objectives are met and takes accountability for results.

  • Prepare project documentation including reports, project communications, and design drawings and report figures to a high professional standard.

  • Generally supporting project teams in achieving stated goals within the Dams team but also to the various business lines within the Sydney office and the Asia-Pacific region,

Project Management

The Senior Dam Engineer will be responsible for the project management of dam engineering projects as follows:

  • Manage project such that budgets are met and that clients are invoiced on a monthly basis or as otherwise dictated by contract terms.

  • Adhere to AECOM Business Management Systems, Quality Management Systems and OH&S Systems.

  • Liaison with client personnel to effectively understand the context of project requirements whilst ensuring that advice and recommendations provided to clients is objective.

  • Compliance with AECOM and client OH&S policies and relevant legislation

Business Development

The Senior Dam Engineer will actively participate in Business Development activities including:

  • Preparation of water engineering sector proposals and tenders

  • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with clients

Development and Leadership of Others

The Senior Dam Engineer shall assist in the development of the skills and human resources of the Water Engineering Group. Responsibilities will include:

  • Assumes leadership role in team activities and network with similar skilled professionals within AECOM to identify project resources and the technical development of our staff.

  • Participate in internal AECOM training and development programmes including project management certification

  • Provide mentoring to other team members on technical matters.

Minimum Requirements


  • Good geotechnical engineering skills

  • Analytical experience

  • Experience with undertaking risk assessments

  • Design skills relating to all aspects of embankment dam and heavy civil engineering

  • Experience in preparation of various construction documents

  • Excellent report writing and verbal communication skills

  • Well-developed planning and organisational skills


  • Civil engineering and civil design

  • Geotechnical engineering (soil and rock mechanics, limit equilibrium)

  • Analytical skills (i.e., slope stability, settlement analyses, foundation design, etc…) including good capability with geotechnical software (i.e., Slope/W, Seep/W, gINT, etc.)

  • Knowledge of the capabilities and application of numerical modelling is preferable

  • Occupational Health & Safety

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite of programs essential


  • 7 to 10 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering (Essential)

  • Previous experience in dam embankment design

  • Previous experience with geotechnical investigations (including site supervision), interpretations, and report preparation.

Personal Attributes and Experience

  • Outcome and deadline focused

  • Ability to work within a project-based and team-based environment

  • Ability to communicate effectively within team and to clients and stakeholders

  • Ability to write technical reports of high quality

  • Initiative – self starter

  • Health and safety conscious

  • High level of integrity

  • Relationship builder with strong interpersonal skills

  • Motivates and encourages personnel

  • Committed to personal and organisational objectives

  • Able to analyse complex issues

  • Fosters a culture of strategic and technical excellence

  • Establishes priorities across a range of work and organisational demands

  • Innovative

  • Energetic

Preferred Qualifications

  • A degree in Engineering with emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering (Essential)

  • Drivers licence (Essential)

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.