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Graduate Engineer - Geotechnical


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Job Description

Join AECOM's 2024 Graduate Program

Are you passionate about geotechnical engineering and eager to launch your career with a global leader in infrastructure consulting? AECOM is seeking a motivated graduate to join our team as a Graduate Engineer – Geotechnical/Ground Engineering in our Abu Dhabi office. This role is part of our prestigious 2024 Graduate Program, offering the opportunity to work alongside experienced engineers, gain exposure to diverse projects, and develop essential skills in geotechnical design and analysis.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Develops designs, calculations, sketches, diagrams, and project models as per specific discipline requirement. Works on drawings under the supervision of an experienced Engineer.
  • Assists with the design content by applying both design and technical knowledge to ensure high-quality outputs under project timelines.
  • Under Supervision, performs work following the agreed-upon budget and schedule.
  • Uses computer software as a tool for solving fundamental engineering problems.
  • Coordinates with other discipline Engineers as applicable for the continuity of the design process.
  • Participates in design progress and coordination meetings.
  • Actively seeks information, opportunities to participate and contribute, and develops efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Contributes by solving problems and applying experience or theoretical knowledge to atypical assignments.

Candidate Specifics

The candidate should have an interest in developing their skills in several of the following areas.

  • Geotechnical Investigations
  • Assessment of Geotechnical Parameters
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Preparation of Ground Models for different design situations
  • Shallow Foundation Design
  • Deep Foundation Design
  • Earthworks (Embankment) Design
  • Slope Design
  • Excavation Lateral Support Design
  • Ground Improvement Design
  • Liquefaction Assessment
  • Geophysical Survey
  • Seismic Design
  • Geotechnics of dam design

There will be the opportunity to gain experience in the use of some of the following software packages:

  • Slope Stability Analysis – Slope/W or Slide
  • Seepage Analysis – Seep/W
  • FEM 2D and 3D – Plaxis or RS2/3 or Sigma/W or FLAC
  • Pile Analysis – Repute, Group and LPile
  • Stress and Settlement Analysis – PDisp or Settle 3D
  • Liquefaction Analysis – CLiq or Liquefy-Pro
  • Geotechnical Database and Geological Modelling – gINT and Leap Frog
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - ARCGIS

This role is ideal for someone is interested in a blend of design and hands-on site experience.


Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in one or more of the following subjects from an accredited University
    • Geotechnical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Engineering Geology
    • Geological Engineering
    • Foundation Engineering
    • Soil Mechanics
    • Rock Mechanics
    • Rock Engineering
    • Mining Engineering
  2. Candidates must be recent graduates, having graduated within the last 24 months or no later than September 2024, to be eligible for AECOM's Graduate Program.
  3. Successful applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.3 or 2:1 (or equivalent) and above.
  4. If you hold a Master’s Degree, it should have started within 12 months of completing your Bachelor’s Degree to ensure continuous education and meet program requirements.
  5. Candidates with more than 1 year of postgraduate work experience are not eligible for the program and are encouraged to apply for our professional-level roles instead.

Additional Information

Recruitment Timeline:

  • Applications open: May 13th, 2024
  • Applications close: May 31st, 2024
  • Review of CVs, phone screening, and technical interviews: June and July 2024
  • Mobilization & visa processing: August 2024
  • Start Date: September / October 2024
  • Program Orientation: November 2024 (This includes an induction and meet-and-greet for the entire graduate cohort from all our offices in the ME).


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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.