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Civil-Geotechnical Engineer


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At AECOM, our work in providing access to clean water enables communities to thrive and ecosystems to flourish, contributing to a resilient future. As a global leader in infrastructure consulting, we are at the forefront of significant water projects, with over 6,000 of the industry’s best minds driving innovation and technical excellence. Together, we develop solutions that are not only best in the world, but best for the world.

With an acceleration in infrastructure investment, your bold ideas and global expertise have never been more crucial. Join our dynamic team, where innovation, career growth, and collaboration are celebrated. Enjoy the freedom to grow with customizable career paths, water-specific technical and professional development and the potential to contribute to transformational projects worldwide. Discover your #H2Opportunity

Job Description

AECOM's Water Business Line is actively seeking a Geotechnical Engineer with prior relevant experience. The position is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This position will be a key hire for upcoming coastal restoration and flood protection projects that AECOM will be involved in during the design and construction phases.

This position is expected to begin immediately.

The Water team brings together the skills of project managers, civil engineers, H&H engineers, geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, and environmental and planning specialists to provide integrated, sustainable and cost-effective solutions. Projects include flood risk reduction systems, dams, levees, floodwalls and floodgates, water supply, tunnels/trenchless technology, roads, pumping stations, and drainage structures.

You will work alongside our project managers throughout the project design and delivery cycle, making technical decisions in various design stages of water resources projects to include supporting cost estimation proposals, feasibility studies, preliminary designs, final designs, and preparing reports and technical specifications.

This position is for a Geotechnical Engineer with prior relevant experience. We are looking for an engineer who takes a positive, professional, and client focused approach to project tasks, who demonstrates fundamental knowledge in soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering design, analyses, and engineering judgment for each project task. AECOM has the resources available to promote and grow your knowledge and skillsets to foster a long-term and rewarding career.

The Geotechnical Engineering Team in Louisiana is unique, as it works on a variety of large, high-profile projects for a variety of industries including Water, Transportation, Coastal, Environmental, and Construction. This involves:

  • Performing site investigations, soil laboratory testing interpretations, all manner of geotechnical analyses and calculations, rehabilitation designs, alternatives analyses, etc.
  • Receiving support from a group of geotechnical professionals, with 2 to 30+ years of experience, and who continuously coordinate, collaborate remotely, and foster training.
  • Completing independent project related tasks and collaborating with multiple-discipline design and project teams.
  • Offering strong communication skills and the ability to work with a team across the nation and, possibly, around the world.

You will be mentored by senior and mid-level geotechnical professionals, which is a key component of this position. Our approach intends to foster your professional growth and technical excellence by daily, in person, in office, collaboration sessions. Future benefits such as flexible hours and flexibility to work from home or remote from office may be available for this position. This role offers exciting opportunities to support the design and construction of mega, landmark projects that will be completed over the next 5 to 10+ years in Louisiana and Texas.

Candidate will, under supervision and mentorship:

  • Participate in field assignments that will include soil and rock borings, test pits, CPT soundings, geophysical testing, geotechnical instrumentation design and construction, and inspection of the construction of geotechnical features like retaining walls, foundations, dams, levees, floodwalls, and tunnels.
  • Have the opportunity to travel and work in locations within the state of Louisiana and Texas (potentially other states within the USA and around the world).
  • Design shallow and deep foundations, earth retaining structures, ground improvement, flood risk reduction structures, embankments and cut slopes, and both soft and hard rock tunnels.
  • Develop geotechnical design parameters based on field and laboratory data results.
  • Prepare and review Geotechnical Reports, Alternative Analysis Reports, etc.
  • Use computer programs, including GeoStudio, UTexas4, LPILE, GROUP, SHAFT, Plaxis, FLAC, Settle3D, and MathCAD for geotechnical analyses.
  • Review design plans and specifications for compliance with geotechnical recommendations, communicate with multiple disciplines, and provide design improvement recommendations.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in proposal production.

You will have the opportunity to work toward obtaining the AECOM Project Management Certification, if you want to go into Project Management. This is not a requirement or even necessarily a preference, but it would be encouraged after a year of working at AECOM and 5 to 10 years in Geotechnical Engineering, only if you are interested.

Candidates should be prepared to travel a minimum of 25% for field work at active construction sites to support other offices and/or AECOM employees, as needed. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong technical knowledge of the principles of soil and rock mechanics, geotechnical design, manage their own time and budget, and effectively work within a multi-disciplinary team that is spread across the USA, or in some cases, the world.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS + None or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education
  • Graduated from an ABET accredited university with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or a related field.
  • U.S. Citizenship required, due to the nature of the work.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering, or in progress.
  • Engineer in Training Certification (EIT).
  • Candidate will be working toward Professional Engineering (PE) License.
  • Preferred software experience with GeoStudio (SLOPE-W, SEEP-W, SIGMA-W, etc.), LPILE, APILE, GROUP, SHAFT, Plaxis, FLAC, Settle3D, and MathCAD.
  • Prior relevant professional and/or internship geotechnical engineering experience.
  • Must have strong technical progression within fundamental topics in geotechnical engineering.
  • Experience or knowledge in planning and completing drilling, field investigations, laboratory testing, advanced material characterization, seepage analysis, slope stability analysis, settlement analysis, and construction of dams, levees, channel improvements, and other heavy earthwork projects.
  • Understanding of soft soils in Louisiana and/or expansive soils in Texas and their impacts to design.
  • Experience in construction inspection, such as deep foundation monitoring and testing; groundwater monitoring; and concrete placement monitoring.
  • Willingness of overnight and/or multiple day field inspections during project critical tasks.
  • Ability to perform daily tasks 75-100% in office with potentially traveling less than 25%. Traveling time may increase depending on project assignments.
  • A positive attitude that motivates the project team.
  • Ability to work on fast paced challenging and complex projects.
  • Ability to work on multiple ongoing projects at the same time.
  • Willing to work overtime, when needed, to complete a task to meet the client’s schedule or request.
  • Willing to primarily collaborate in office work environment and periodically collaborate in a hybrid work environment of partly office and partly remote.

Additional Information

  • Sponsorship for US employment authorization is not available now or in the future for this position.
  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
  • Offered rate of compensation will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is: $55k - $75k/yr.

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, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of Absences, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance programs, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.


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 $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. 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.