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Geotechnical Staff Engineer

San Jose California United States

Company Description

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There has never been a better time to be at AECOM. With accelerating infrastructure investment worldwide, our services are in great demand. We invite you to bring your bold ideas and big dreams and become part of a global team of nearly 50,000 planners, designers, engineers, scientists, digital innovators, program and construction managers and other professionals delivering projects that create a positive and tangible impact around the world.

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Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Geotechnical Staff Engineer to be based in San Jose, California.

This position is expected to begin in May or June 2024.

As an AECOM Graduate Engineer, you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of project scopes, types, and technical challenges. You will be supported to take on responsibility gradually and encouraged to build technical and project management skills, as well as interdisciplinary business development soft skills.

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

  • Support field activities including exploratory logging, observation of deep foundation construction, shoring, grading operations, and other geotechnically relevant construction.
  • Complete field, analytical, and project administrative tasks with direction and support from peers and leadership.
  • Perform settlement analyses, liquefaction analyses, and seismic evaluations.
  • Perform site-specific seismic hazard and ground-response analysis.
  • Perform numerical modeling using finite-element methods as implemented in PLAXIS.
  • Design earth-retaining structures, bridge foundations, and embankment construction.
  • Develop geotechnical recommendations, plans, and specifications for the construction of private and public projects.
  • Learn increasingly more complex, non-routine tasks with review and oversight from senior staff.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License required to visit project sites, clients, and other AECOM offices. 
  • As a condition of employment, selected candidate must pass a Motor Vehicle Records review.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree emphasis on Geotechnical Engineering.
  • Passed the E.I.T. exam.
  • M.S. degree or Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with emphasis Geotechnical Engineering.
  • Relevant internship or field experience.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Products.
  • Experience with numerical modeling, seismic hazard analysis, and GIS.
  • Must be comfortable working expeditiously in a dynamic and diverse environment.

Additional Information

  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
  • Sponsorship for US employment authorization is not available now or in the future for this position.
  • This position requires a hybrid work schedule which includes in office work in San Jose, CA.  The selected candidate must be available to work in San Jose, CA on a scheduled basis. 
  • Offered rate of compensation (California locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location.  The salary range for this position is $68,786.88-89,581.96/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.

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