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Lead Geotechnical Engineer

Oakland California United States

Company Description

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Job Description

The AECOM Oakland, California Geo-Engineering Department has an immediate need for an experienced, energetic Lead Geotechnical Engineer to take on a leadership role in our geotechnical engineering practice.  The candidate will have the opportunity to direct projects for a variety of facilities including dams, pipelines, tunnels, levees, bridges, refineries, and building structures and coordinate with a broad range of other disciplines within AECOM.

The candidate should have experience in supervising and training staff in geotechnical investigations, analyses, reporting, and construction observation.  Business development for existing and new clients will be an integral part of the position.

Responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Project management – tracking scope, schedule and budget
  • Business development for new and existing clients
  • Preparing engineering services proposals, cost estimates, and schedules
  • Preparing Project Work Plans and Health and Safety Plans
  • Providing technical support to geotechnical projects
  • Overseeing and preparing engineering reports and documentation
  • Reviewing engineering reports and documentation prepared by junior staff
  • Ensuring the quality of project deliverables
  • Mentoring and technical development of junior staff
  • Performing Independent Technical Reviews
  • Strong commitment to ensuring safe project execution
  • Provides technical leadership for a specialty and is considered to be a fully capable professional in their field.
  • Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields. Makes decisions independently on technical problems and methods, and represents the organization in conferences.
  • Resolves important questions and plans and coordinates work.
  • Requires the use of advanced techniques and the modifications and extension of theories, precepts and practices of the field and related sciences and disciplines.
  • The knowledge and expertise required for this level of work usually result from progressive experience.
  • Supervision and guidance relate largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters.
  • Receives direction on unusual conditions and developments.


Minimum Requirements: 

  • BA/BS degree plus 8 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.
  • PE registration
  • Valid Driver's License required.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, with a Master’s degree or PhD in Civil Engineering strongly preferred
  • 10+ years of relevant professional experience
  • California GE registration
  • Experience planning and directing geotechnical investigations
  • Thorough knowledge of foundation engineering including shallow and deep foundations, earthwork, slope stability
  • Working knowledge of relevant building code provisions
  • Experience working on Water Resources projects
  • Experience working in Refinery or other industrial sites
  • Experience working with local permitting jurisdictions
  • OSHA 40 Hour Hazwoper Trained
  • Local travel may be required
  • Must possess a valid driver's license

Additional Information

  • Relocation is available for this role.
  • Sponsorship may be available for this position.
  • Local client/site travel required.
  • Offered rate of compensation for Oakland, CA. will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $140,000.00 to $220,000.00
  • 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 program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.


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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.

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