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Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Requisition ID:  254022

Requisition Posting End Date: 

Project Overview:


Bechtel Corporation is a global company headquartered in Reston, VA and engaged in the engineering, procurement, and construction of large-scale projects such as fossil and nuclear power plants, renewable energy, infrastructure (motorways, airports, etc.), processing facilities, multi-faceted chemical complexes, refineries, and pipelines.


As a major contractor engaged in design and construction of large-scale projects in the United States and overseas, Bechtel has delivered projects in some of the most challenging ground conditions; thus, it is looking to add to its staff experienced geotechnical engineers seeking challenging projects requiring geotechnical investigation program development and execution, design of complex ground improvement systems, deep foundation design and installation, advanced finite element modelling for geotechnical analysis, and other geotechnical-related project activities. Projects may be in the US or other countries.


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


Position Summary:

This position is for a Principal Geotechnical Engineer who will manage geotechnical activities for one or more projects, provide technical oversight of more junior geotechnical engineers, originate/check and/or approve analytical calculations and numerical modeling, specifications, and reports. The successful candidate will report to the Geotechnical Engineering Manager and is expected to be able to work independently. The successful candidate must have strong organizational and teamwork skills, proven problem-solving abilities, a can-do attitude, and the desire to innovate designs. The successful candidate will be expected to support multiple projects but may also be assigned to one project. The selected candidate will be expected to travel to job sites and other Bechtel and client offices in the U.S. and overseas for periods of time ranging from a few days to several months. 



This role will require site visits (in the U.S. and overseas) during geotechnical investigations, review of site and subsurface geotechnical investigations data, originate/review and/or approve geotechnical engineering designs and specifications, and originate/review and/or approve geotechnical studies for multiple projects in accordance with applicable procedures, codes, standards, and contract requirements.  The work will require attending meetings with and coordinating with other geotechnical engineers, other technical disciplines and/or client engineers in a team environment and may include the scope described below. Meetings could be held virtually, or in person in the U.S. and overseas.

  • Management and technical support of more junior geotechnical engineers
  • Geotechnical design parameters for soil and/or rock supported foundations
  • Bearing capacity and settlement calculations
  • Soil liquefaction assessments and mitigation
  • Ground improvement design and installation
  • Pile design and installation
  • Foundation settlement analysis
  • Soil and/or rock slope stability analyses
  • Soil and/or rock excavations support calculations
  • Engineering specifications including earthworks, piling, ground improvement, soil and/or rock excavation support, etc.
  • Technical memo, study, and report writing
  • Vendor submittal review and integration into the design solution
  • Budget and schedule tracking and quality compliance
  • Coordination with other technical disciplines in planning and executing work as an integrated team


Qualifications and Skills:

Basic Qualifications:

  • M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from an accredited university or college and minimum 15 years of progressive related experience or a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering and minimum 13 years of progressive related experience
  • Relevant experience includes, but is not limited to, performing site and subsurface geotechnical investigations, geotechnical engineering designs and specifications, and originating/reviewing geotechnical calculations and studies for power plants, infrastructure, industrial process facilities or complex building systems
  • Experience with licensing, design, and construction of commercial nuclear power plants
  • Legal right to work in the USA without sponsorship

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience with Microsoft office programs, and other common computer programs
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Ability to utilize engineering and office automation tools effectively.
  • Knowledge of the application of geotechnical engineering design principles.
  • Professional Engineer in US (Geotechnical or related Engineering).
  • Knowledge of site and subsurface investigation, development of engineering properties of soil and rock, foundation design and analysis, foundation analysis under dynamic loads and earthworks
  • Knowledge of pile installation and testing, numerical analysis using FEM and FDM, soil and/or rock slope stability and construction specifications
  • Knowledge of industry codes and standards, including those related to the nuclear industry
  • Demonstrable previous experience leading teams of geotechnical engineers working on a large industrial EPC project

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical or related Engineering, from an accredited university.
  • Knowledge of soil liquefaction analysis and construction dewatering
  • Experience working with procedures meeting quality assurance programs (including nuclear) and occupational health and safety
  • Prior experience working on large industrial or civil infrastructure projects
  • Hands-on experience with industry standard geotechnical software and computational tools

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.

In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which may include a vaccination or testing requirement. Please speak with your Bechtel recruiter to determine which protocols apply to the work location for the job you are seeking.