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Staff Geotechnical Engineer


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With an acceleration in infrastructure investment, your bold ideas and global expertise have never been more crucial. Join our dynamic team, where innovation, career growth, and collaboration are celebrated. Enjoy the freedom to grow with customizable career paths, water-specific technical and professional development and the potential to contribute to transformational projects worldwide. Discover your #H2Opportunity

Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Staff Geotechnical Engineer to be located in New Orleans, LA.

Field or Project Locations: Louisiana and Texas

AECOM Surface Water is seeking a Geotechnical Engineer (EIT or new PE) based in New Orleans with 2 years of relevant experience. As a candidate, you will need to demonstrate your competency and logical thinking in geotechnical design, analyses, and engineering judgment for each project task. We value a positive, professional, and client-focused approach to project tasks, and we expect you to strive for complete designs supported by accurate analyses based on sound geotechnical principles. Strong leadership skills are essential in this role as you will assist project managers and lead junior staff to achieve project objectives.

At AECOM Surface Water, we have the resources available to support your growth and development, fostering a long-term and rewarding career. If you are interested, you will also have the opportunity to work towards obtaining the AECOM Project Management Certification.

Candidates should be prepared for a minimum of 25% travel or field work at active construction sites to support other offices and/or AECOM as needed. We expect candidates to demonstrate a strong technical knowledge of soil and rock mechanics, geotechnical design, effective time and budget management, and the ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team spread across the USA, and in some cases, the world.

Candidate will, under supervision and mentorship includes the following but not limited to:

  • Participate in field assignments that will include soil and rock borings, test pits, CPT soundings, geophysical testing; geotechnical instrumentation design and construction; and inspection of the construction of geotechnical features like retaining walls, foundations, dams, levees, floodwalls, and tunnels.
  • Use computer programs including GeoStudio, UTexas4, LPILE, GROUP, SHAFT, Plaxis, FLAC, Settle3D, and MathCAD for geotechnical analyses.
  • Have the opportunity to travel and work in locations within the state of Louisiana and Texas (potentially other states within the USA and around the world).
  • Mentor and train junior geotechnical engineers.
  • Design shallow and deep foundations, earth retaining structures, ground improvement, flood risk reduction structures, embankments and cut slopes, and both soft and hard rock tunnels.
  • Develop geotechnical design parameters based on field and laboratory data results.
  • Prepare and review Geotechnical Reports, Alternative Analysis Reports, etc.
  • Use computer programs including GeoStudio, UTexas4, LPILE, GROUP, SHAFT, Plaxis, FLAC, Settle3D, and MathCAD for geotechnical analyses.
  • Review design plans and specifications and for compliance with geotechnical recommendations and communicate with multiple disciplines and provide design improvement recommendations.
  • Have the opportunity to meet with clients and participate in proposals.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS + 2 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.
  • Engineer in Training Certification (EIT) is required.
  • Due to the nature of this work US citizenship or naturalized US citizenship required.
  • Valid US drivers license required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering, or in progress
  • Must have strong technical progression within fundamental topics in geotechnical engineering
  • Proficient in GeoStudio (SLOPE-W, SEEP-W, SIGMA-W, etc.)
  • Preferred experience in LPILE, APILE, GROUP, SHAFT, Plaxis, FLAC, Settle3D, and MathCAD
  • Experience or knowledge in planning and completing construction testing, drilling, field investigations, laboratory testing, advanced material characterization, seepage analysis, slope stability analysis, settlement analysis, and construction of dams, levees, channel improvements, and other heavy earthwork projects.
  • Ability to perform daily tasks 75-100% in the office with potentially traveling less than 25%. Traveling time may increase depending on project assignments.
  • Ability to support marketing efforts in pursuing alternative delivery work with a focus on geotechnical engineering
  • Ability to work on multiple ongoing projects at the same time
  • Willing to work overtime if needed to complete a task to meet the client’s schedule or request
  • Willing to primarily collaborate in office work environment and periodically collaborate in a hybrid work environment of partly office and partly remote..
  • Willingness of overnight and/or multiple day field inspections during project critical tasks

Additional Information

  • Relocation is not available for this position.
  • Sponsorship is not available for this role.
  • Project site travel required as needed.


Exempt. The offered rate of compensation (Louisiana locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The target salary range for this position is $70,000 - $100,000.


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 absence, 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.