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Senior Geotechnical Engineer

By May 12, 2023

Oregon Department of Transportation

Professional Engineer 2 – Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery & Operations Division – Engineering & Technical Services Branch
Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology & HazMat Section

Salary Range: $7,015 – $10,883


The role: 

Bring your technical expertise to our Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology and HazMat Section as the State Foundation Engineer. In this role, you will work with designers to implement standards on the state’s most complex projects, provide statewide standards for geotechnical foundations and seismic design, mentor and guide engineers, recommend design deviations for both geotechnical design and bridge design, and oversee our strong motion sensor program.  Apply today!

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions and hope you will join us on our path to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an agency that embraces social equity through our values, strategic planning, and actions. Leaning into our equity priorities means we continually examine what we do, the impact we have, and our progress toward weaving social equity into who we are. To learn more about our social equity commitments, visit our Social Equity website.

A day in the life:

  • Serve as the primary contact for the Bridge Section regarding foundation and geotechnical seismic design.
  • Serve as the technical expert on foundation design for the agency.
  • Develop technical standards for foundations and geotechnical seismic design in the Geotechnical Design Manual, Bridge Design Manual, and the Seismic and Tsunami Design Manual.
  • Develop and coordinate training for the GEEGH program.
  • Provide consultation for projects.
  • Represent the agency on national committees and task forces.
  • Mentor, guide, and train professional engineers and technicians through a peer review process.
  • Work is performed primarily in an office environment with extensive use of a computer. Some, work will be performed outdoors at project sites, and may occur in all weather conditions.
  • Remote work may be available, with manager approval.
  • ANSI approved boots and rain gear are required to perform duties in the field.
  • Hybrid remote work may be available, with manager approval.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email ODOTRecruitment@odot.oregon.gov.

What’s in it for you:

  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits packages and so much more.

What we need:

A valid professional engineer’s (PE) license in civil, structural, or transportation-related engineering AND three (3) years of journey level professional engineer experience.

Note: Three (3) years of journey level professional engineer experience is considered licensed experience only. If registered in another state, successful applicants will be required to obtain professional registration in Oregon within six months of hire.

An Oregon Geotechnical Engineering license is preferred.

Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.

What we’d like to see:

If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!

Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position. 

  • Expertise in the design and construction of a wide variety of foundation types with the desire to improve design standards and work with others to improve construction specifications and techniques.
  • Expertise in design, recommendation, and construction of seismic loads and mitigation strategies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with non-technical and diverse engineering staff; mentor junior staff; present new concepts; and develop training for internal and industry partners.
  • Proficient at 360-degree collaboration to resolve technical project delivery challenges as well as emergency incidents.
  • Experienced at providing constructive quality control and quality assurance reviews.

Learn more and apply:

Our next application screening is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Monday, June 5, 2023. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

Please note that we can only accept applications through our website.

For questions, call 971-273-8687 or email ODOTRecruitmentEM@odot.oregon.gov.

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

To apply for this job email your details to odotrecruitmentem@odot.oregon.gov

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