Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Requisition ID: 271809 

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family 
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Houston, TX 

Project Overview

Bechtel Energy, a global business unit (GBU) of Bechtel located in Houston, Texas, serves all aspects of the energy industry. This includes Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processing and tank storage facilities, multi-faceted chemical and refinery complexes, and large-scale water treatment and pipeline projects in the U.S. and world-wide.


As a major contractor engaged in design and construction of energy-related infrastructure projects, Bechtel Energy has delivered more than 30% of the LNG facilities in the world with major developments in the Middle East, Australia, and the U.S. These projects have been developed in some of the most challenging ground conditions; thus, Bechtel is looking to add to its staff experienced geotechnical engineers to work on challenging projects.  The position requires experience in geotechnical investigation program development and execution, design of complex ground improvement systems, deep foundation design and installation, advance finite element modelling for geotechnical problem solving, and other geotechnical-related project activities. The projects may be in the U.S. and other countries.


We invite qualified engineers looking for challenging opportunities to join our team to help deliver the most challenging energy-related projects in the world.


Position Summary

The position is based in Bechtel Energy GBU office in Houston Texas. Successful candidate may also be asked to support projects executed by other Bechtel GBUs, including Infrastructure (rail, airports, motorways, and combined cycle, renewable, and hydroelectric power plants), Mining & Metals (copper and concentrators, alumina refineries, aluminum smelters, and phosphate plants), and Nuclear, Security &Environmental (nuclear power plants, defense and space facilities, and nuclear, de-commissioning and environmental services). The position will be part of the Geotechnical & Hydraulic Engineering Services (G&HES) group.  The successful candidate will report to and receive technical supervision and functional oversight from a Bechtel Energy, Geotechnical Engineering Supervisor in Houston. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in technical excellence activities, such as publishing and presenting technical papers and participating on technical and code/standard committees.



Position requires working on multiple projects/studies at any given time, developing subsurface investigation programs for new and existing facilities, technically directing the work in the field, assigning laboratory tests, and developing geotechnical parameters based on investigation results. Responsibilities include performing geotechnical analyses such as stability of soil and rock slopes, bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations, lateral earth pressures, and axial and lateral pile capacities. Responsibilities also include preparation of geotechnical engineering reports and presenting the results of the investigations and reports to members of the project team. Work will also involve communication on geotechnical issues with the project team during the engineering design stage of the project. During the construction phase of projects, responsibilities will include on-site overview of earthwork operations, monitoring of pile installation and load testing, inspection of critical foundation subgrade, and monitoring of ground improvement. The work may also involve interfacing with outside geotechnical consultants hired by Bechtel or the Owner to perform these tasks. Participates in and fosters a work environment based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.  The work may require travel to project sites on short- and long-term assignments. Travel may also be required to other Bechtel offices and job sites within and outside the U.S.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Level 1:

            Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering from an accredited university with minimum 5 years of relevant work experience OR Ph. D and 3 years of work experience

  • Level 2:

            Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering from an accredited university with minimum 8 years of relevant work experience OR Ph. D and 6 years of work experience

  • Professional Engineer registration (PE)
  • Advanced competency related to site and subsurface investigations, foundation design and analysis, and earthwork and slope stability. Intermediate competency related to construction dewatering and ground improvement.
  • Knowledge of seismic-related issues and evaluation of liquefaction potential of soils
  • Familiar with computer applications such as Plaxis 2D and 3D, FLAC, LPILE, APILE, SHAFT, GROUP, SLOPE/W, SEEP/W, GRLWEAP, CAPWAP, gINT, Settle3D, and DYNA6.
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and MicroStation for drafting geotechnical drawings.
  • Familiar with Geographic Information System (GIS) applications such as ArcGIS.
  • Proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills to communicate with team in preparation of reports, memos, calculations, and other technical documentation.
  • Working knowledge of U.S. codes and practices.
  • Willing and able to travel to and remain at jobsites in the U.S. and overseas on short- and long-term assignments.
  • Must have legal right to work in the U.S.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering, or a related engineering field, from an accredited university.
  • Related experience in construction supervision
  • Experience working with procedures meeting quality assurance programs and occupational health and safety
  • Prior experience working with large industrial projects
  • Hands-on experience with industry standard geotechnical software and computational tools
  • Design and construction experience with soft soil sites including some experience with ground improvement


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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