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Principal Geotechnical Engineer/ Engineering Geologist

Dublin Ireland

Company Description

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Job Description

AECOM UK & Ireland Ground Engineering Practice has a Principal level vacancy in Belfast.

Our Ground Engineering Practice covers all elements of Ground Engineering serving a wide range of end markets including highways, rail, water and energy sectors.

We work for leading Irish, UK and international clients and have commissions of varying scale across all sectors, including Cork Bus Connects, Uisce Éireann Waste Water Projects, Galway to Oughterard Greenway, Meath Abbeylands Local Distributor Road 4, N26 Ballina Bypass, Northern Ireland Water Projects and Arklow Flood Bank.

We require ambitious team players with the knowledge, experience and skills to take day to day responsibility for delivery of projects and tasks, ensuring technical quality and adherence to budget and programme.  The position will suit those who can work with a high degree of independence and lead the input to projects from desk study and feasibility through ground investigation and interpretation to detailed design. 

You will be joining an established team of Ground Engineers within the Scotland and Ireland region, will be based in the AECOM Belfast Office and will work closely with colleagues across the UK & Ireland.

To be successful, candidates must have a proven track record in the delivery of ground engineering projects in the UK and Ireland and be fully conversant with the technical standards that apply.

Job Duties include:

  • Close support to our Technical Directors and Associates in project delivery, work winning, workload management, staff development, growth plans, maintaining high levels of client satisfaction and raising the company profile.
  • Possess strong problem solving and inter-personal skills, working closely and collaboratively with colleagues and clients in a multi-disciplinary environment to communicate ground risks, solve engineering problems and provide efficient integrated design solutions, within defined timelines and budget.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to write clear and concise technical reports and documents and make high quality confident presentations in-person or remotely. This includes a wide range of geotechnical documents, including desk studies, interpretative reports, specifications, construction drawings and design reports.
  • A wide range of experience, knowledge and skills in geotechnical engineering and/or engineering geology, including the ability to undertake and check geotechnical design, calculations and analyses.
  • A strong working knowledge of Irish and UK ground conditions and ground investigation techniques and practices.
  • You will preferably have good knowledge of Irish Rail, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Department for Infrastructure design and reporting processes, and other statutory agencies for the Republic of Ireland and the UK. 


  • BEng / MEng in Civil Engineering OR BSc / MSc in Geology, Engineering Geology 
  • MSc in Geotechnical Engineering or Engineering Geology is desirable.
  • Strong analytical skills together with in-depth knowledge and experience in the application of current design codes and guidance documents in ground engineering, soil-structure interaction, geotechnical design and construction of shallow and piled foundations, earthworks, strengthened earthworks, ground treatment and retaining structures.
  • Chartered Geologist or Engineer status is required, or be on track to achieve this within the next 6 to 12 months. 
  • Clean driving licence and be willing to travel throughout Ireland and, on occasion, within the UK.

Additional Information


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 $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. 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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