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Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Murray Utah United States

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Job Description

Job Summary:

As a senior geotechnical engineer, you will work with our Salt Lake City geotechnical group, as well as interdisciplinary groups from Salt Lake City and other offices, to deliver consulting services on rewarding infrastructure projects. Our geotechnical group has an immediate need for an experienced, energetic Senior Geotechnical Engineer to take on a leadership role in our geotechnical engineering practice. You will have the opportunity to direct and manage projects for a variety of facilities and coordinate with a broad range of other disciplines within AECOM.

Our group provides geotechnical services in a variety of sectors, primarily being dams and levees; however, we work side-by-side other disciplines within AECOM, which may involve working in other sectors, including civil works, transportation, mining, and energy. You will have opportunities to work on local, national, and international projects, engaging in project life cycles from planning and site investigation through detailed design and construction.

You should have experience in supervising and training staff in geotechnical engineering tasks, including investigations, analyses, reporting, and construction. You will serve as a technical advisor for our team, analyzing complex problems and guiding solutions to challenging geotechnical issues. You will take on project leadership roles in our geotechnical engineering practice, working closely with our junior and entry-level staff to complete project work, lead proposal efforts, and manage scope, schedule and budget. You will perform quality control, review of design calculations or drawings, interact with internal and external clients, and assist with hiring efforts from time to time. You will mentor younger engineers and connect staff with experts throughout AECOM.

You will be supported as you continue to develop your career as a geotechnical engineer. You will engage in developing technical expertise, managing projects, leading teams, supporting active project pursuits, and contributing to business development. You should also anticipate training and development as a project manager and immediately lead geotechnical projects or geotechnical components of large projects—in charge of scope, schedule and budget.

AECOM offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and is invested in the well-being and professional development of its employees.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following :

  • Participate in project management tasks and become an AECOM project manager
  • Support project pursuits and contribute to business development efforts in Utah and around the western United States
  • Collaborate with others and have the ability to make autonomous decisions guided by policies, procedures and business objectives
  • Mentor younger engineers to support their development and success
  • Build trusting working relationships with clients and colleagues
  • Assume responsibility for projects, follow quality procedures and strive for quality and excellence in all work products, and perform work in an honest and ethical manner
  • Research and implement technical methods, standard techniques, procedures, regulations, and criteria to carry out or oversee engineering tasks
  • Provide geotechnical engineering and design support for dams, levees, mining, civil works, transportation, energy, and other projects
  • Plan, perform, and oversee geotechnical site investigations, including subsurface investigations, field and laboratory testing of soil and rock materials
  • Plan, oversee installation, monitor, and analyze associated data from geotechnical instrumentation
  • Perform and/or support junior and mid-level engineers in completing geotechnical engineering calculations, analysis, and design; preparing geotechnical recommendations; writing and reviewing technical reports; and preparing and reviewing design drawings and specifications
  • Provide onsite field support and oversight for geotechnical and earthwork construction
  • Perform and/or support junior engineers in completing engineering reviews of existing infrastructure facilities, and preparing associated technical reports and evaluations
  • Effectively and proactively communicate with geotechnical and interdisciplinary team members, and exercise engineering judgement, to complete project objectives and meet client needs


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a focus in geotechnical engineering from an ABET-accredited university + 8 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and ability to obtain licensure in Utah within 3 months

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering
  • 12+ years of geotechnical consulting experience
  • 3+ years of project management experience
  • Ability to manage projects within budget, scope & schedule as well as effectively managing engineering staff
  • Field, laboratory, analysis, and design experience supporting dams and levees projects
  • Competency/proficiency performing geotechnical analysis and design using engineering software such as Excel, gINT, GeoStudio (SEEP/W, SLOPE/W), PLAXIS, FLAC, UTEXAS, Settle3, AutoCAD/Civil 3D, and Visual Basic
  • Strong verbal communication and technical writing skills
  • Proficiency working in Excel and Word
  • Experience and competency to complete job responsibilities

Additional Information

  • Relocation is not available for this position.
  • Sponsorship may be available for existing US VISA holders. 
  • Occasional travel (less than 20%) as needed.


  • Offered rate of compensation (Utah locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The target salary range for this position is $100,000-$150,000. 


  • 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.


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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