The role: The geotechnical engineer has full responsibility for developing and finalizing earthwork designs and providing geotechnical recommendations for design of foundations for bridges, traffic structures, and retaining structures. This position prepares reports and reviews reports and products supplied by other unit staff engineers, engineering geologists, and drafters. As the successful candidate in this position, you will provide direction, guidance and training to staff engineers, geologists and drafters.
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A day in the life:
Develop and finalize geotechnical design recommendations for complex projects based on interpretation and analysis of soil, rock and groundwater data from surface exposures, subsurface explorations and laboratory testing.
Communicate and document findings, recommendations, and design, write reports, memos, e-mails, and joint geology/geotechnical reports with staff engineering geologists.
Prepare or assist structural engineers in designs and specifications for retaining structures.
Review the work of consultants and work prepared for local agency projects.
Provide geotechnical engineering technical support to maintenance activities and respond to emergency events to assist in assessment and implementation of repairs for landslides, rock fall, settlement/sink holes, structure foundation issues, etc.
Assist region and local agency personnel in project development/scoping.
This position requires frequent travel with overnight stays.
Exposure to hazardous construction sites, heavy construction equipment and drills, at sites where blasting with high explosives is occurring, working in and around heavy traffic, and working in remote locations.
Requires maintaining a valid driver’s license and driving motor vehicles, often long distances, to project sites to perform work.
Field work requires exposure to adverse site and weather conditions in the severe climate of Eastern Oregon.
What’s in it for you:
Rewarding work in a fast-paced, creative environment.
Colleagues who are passionate about public service.
Work/life balance and 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules and competitive benefits packages. Click here to visit our full benefits website.
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What we need:
A valid professional engineer's (PE) license in civil, structural, or transportation-related engineering.
Note: "Valid" means you have the ability to stamp. We will verify your license before we consider your application. If registered in another state, successful applicants will be required to obtain professional registration in the state of Oregon within six months of hire.
You will be required to use a vehicle to conduct business. You must possess and maintain a valid driver license and acceptable driving record. 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!
Knowledge and experience in the geotechnical engineering specialty field, specifically related to subsurface investigations, slope stability, settlement and earthwork.
Experience working effectively in multidisciplinary teams and meeting project scope, schedule and budget targets.
Demonstrated experience working independently, but in close coordination with other geo professionals.
Strong organizational skills and experience with geotechnical computer applications (i.e., A-Pile, S-Pile, L-Pile, Driven, Shaft, ReSSA, MSEW and others.
We may give preference to candidates who are registered as a geotechnical engineer.
How to apply:
If you are applying through the external job site, complete the application/upload your resume/drag and drop your resume (the system will parse your information into the application).
Attach a cover letter. Your cover letter must be limited to no more than two (2) pages and clearly demonstrate how your experience and training relates to the desired attributes above. Please address your cover letter to Geo-Environmental Unit Manager Russ Frost. Generic cover letters and/or cover letters that do not address the desired attributes above will be graded as non-responsive.
After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the public records request authorization. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process.
If you are a veteran, the task to claim preference will come after the PRR question. Please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application. We will ask you for your documents later in the process.
We do not offer Visa sponsorships. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.
Don’t attach extra documents. We will only look at documents that we ask for.
We will conduct name-based criminal background checks on final candidates.All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.
You will be represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).
Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12 355 Capitol St NE Salem OR 97301-3871 (503) 986-3700
ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact the employee civil rights and diversity manager at 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.
Additional Salary Information: 10 paid holidays a year, 95% employer-paid healthcare benefits, retirement, deferred comp, college savings, flexible spending accounts.
Internal Number: REQ-17468
About Oregon Department of Transportation
The Oregon Department of Transportation began life in 1913 when the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Highway Commission to "get Oregon out of the mud." Today, the Oregon Department of Transportation works to provide a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities for Oregonians. We develop programs related to Oregon’s system of highways, roads, and bridges; railways; public transportation services; transportation safety programs; driver and vehicle licensing; and motor carrier regulation.