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AECOM Principal Geotechnical Engineering Leader (Dams & Levees) in Houston, Texas

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Job Description

AECOM is actively seeking a Principal Geotechnical Engineering Leader (Dams & Levees) for our Water Business Line. Hybrid work from the following locations is possible: Dallas TX, Houston TX, Austin TX, New Orleans LA, or Baton Rouge LA.

In this role you will be a geotechnical discipline lead and/or Project Manager on a variety of projects. The immediate major focus is flood risk reduction system designs for the USACE and other government and private entities. Additional projects include transportation, buildings, environmental, etc. Water Business Line projects include flood risk reduction projects related to stormwater pump stations, bank stabilization, dams, levees, floodwalls, etc. for federal, state, local, and private clients. A heavy focus of this team is the Coastal Storm Risk Management system along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Plans, directs, and supervises operations included in a large, complex project or multiple moderately sized projects with greater risk and complexity, and significant financial impact

  • Completes project management-type tasks like oversight of geotechnical budget, schedule, and resources

  • Plan, schedule, conduct or coordinate detailed phases of the geotechnical engineering aspects of the project, focusing on the unique or controversial problems

  • Resolves complex issues

  • Provides direction to and mentoring to other technical staff in completing project tasks

  • Performs ITRs of engineering reports and designs

  • Acts as primary point of contact with client and has full responsibility for project delivery

  • Competent to serve as Engineer-of-Record on DBB and DB projects

  • May be responsible for Project teams that include 10 or more members

  • Regularly develop and evaluate project plans

  • Provide advice and consultation to client on geotechnical engineering matters, including compliance with government laws and regulations

  • Project leadership in the areas of design, analysis, and construction on various projects

  • Develop project proposals and work with business leader on overall strategy to grow the team


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 20+ years of progressive experience in geotechnical engineering

  • Experience with: United States Army Corps of Engineers projects and design requirements; Dam and/or levee design; technical leadership within the area of geotechnical involvement for flood control projects including dams, levees, stormwater pump stations, channel improvements, etc; and alternative delivery and DBB projects

  • Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from ABET-accredited institution

  • Significant geotechnical design experience.

  • Professional Engineering License and the ability to obtain PE license in 6 months in both Texas and Louisiana.

  • Expertise with and ability to make informed decisions regarding drilling, field investigations, laboratory testing, advanced material characterization, seepage analysis, slope stability analysis, settlement, and construction of dams, levees, channel improvements, and other heavy earthwork projects.

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

  • Experience in various construction techniques and phasing to help develop unique, cost-effective solutions for our clients.

Additional Information

  • Exempt Position: Offered rate of compensation Texas will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $140,000 - 180,000.

  • 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.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have 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.

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.

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

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10097303

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid