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AECOM Principal Geotechnical Engineer in Denver, Colorado

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Geotechnical Engineer to be based in Denver, CO

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.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

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.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

The West Region Dams and Reservoirs team of AECOM is actively seeking a motivated, creative, highly talented Principal Geotechnical Engineer with dam design and evaluation and risk analysis experience for employment in the Denver, CO office. The dams and reservoirs team within the Water Business Line is responsible for providing engineering and design services in support of multidisciplinary projects, with a focus on water storage and hydropower dam projects.

  • Plan and oversee field exploration/characterization and laboratory testing of soil and rock materials.

  • Oversee teams performing material characterization, seepage and slope stability analyses and designing slope stabilization measures for dams and spillways.

  • Oversee teams performing seismic stability and deformations analyses of dams; including earthquake ground motions, liquefaction potential (static and seismic), and earthquake-induced and fault-induced deformations.

  • Preparing and presenting technical presentations to project team, clients, regulators, and technical review boards.

  • Supervise preparation of technical reports, independent dam safety inspections, and potential failure mode analyses.

  • Conducting potential failure mode analyses and risk analyses for water storage and hydropower dams, including identifying and developing potential failure modes, and serving as subject matter expert in risk analysis workshops.

  • Project Management – tracking scope, schedule and budget.

  • Mentoring and technical development of junior staff, supporting them to achieve technical success

  • Review engineering reports and documentation prepared by junior staff.

  • Perform Independent Technical Reviews and ensure the quality of project deliverables.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering + ten (10) years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Due to the nature of this work, a valid U.S Driver’s License is required

  • Professional Engineer (PE) license

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering from ABET-accredited institution

  • Twenty (20) + years of experience in geotechnical engineering

  • Experience in GeoStudio (SEEP/W and SLOPE/W), UTEXAS4, Grapher, and AutoCAD

  • Experience in dam design and evaluation (e.g., material characterization, liquefaction, seepage, slope stability, and settlement analyses)

  • Familiarity with design reports, drawings, and specifications

  • Experience leading tasks with effective delegation skills

  • Must be a resourceful, highly organized professional with attention to detail

Additional Information:

  • Must be able to occasionally travel to local and out of state project sites as necessary

  • Offered rate of compensation will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The midpoint of the salary range is $169,921.00 annually (exempt).

  • AECOM encourages, but does not require, its employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. However, this position is on a project or a worksite, which requires workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccine will be required.

  • 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, retirement benefits, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs.

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. 259584BR

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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