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Job Description

Schnabel Engineering is currently seeking a Senior Tunnel/Geotechnical Engineer to support our growing Tunnel Engineering Services Group (TESG). Schnabel’s TESG, formerly Lachel & Associates, focuses on the design of tunnels, shafts, and underground structures for transportation, water/wastewater, and hydropower facilities. As an expansion of our staff, this role will perform upcoming design work for large projects in the Austin, TX and Washington, DC areas.

Schnabel is looking for tunnel engineer candidates with 8 to 15 years of experience in geotechnical or structural engineering with specific expertise in the design of tunnels and underground structures, excavation support systems, ground improvement, trenchless pipeline installations, and/or tunnel inspection and rehabilitation methods. Knowledge of soil and rock mechanics, rock mass classification systems, geotechnical and geostructural analysis methods, and techniques as applied to the design of underground structures is necessary.


Lead the planning, management and execution efforts of tunnel design and construction management projects

Plan, manage and implement geotechnical investigation programs for tunnel projects

Evaluate geotechnical exploration and testing results, interpret and characterize subsurface conditions, and prepare reports, technical memoranda, and Geotechnical Baseline Reports (GBRs)

Perform conventional geotechnical and tunnel structural design analyses

Develop design of tunnels, shafts, and other underground facilities including preparation of calculations and design reports

Develop tunnel and shaft specifications, drawings, and other project contract documents

Collaborate with multidiscipline and multi-location internal and external teams

Mentor and train junior staff/project engineers

Support marketing and business development across the country with emphasis on the Northeast, Texas and California


Bachelor's Degree in Civil, Geotechnical, or Structural Engineering from an ABET accredited school of engineering (Master’s Degree preferred)

Licensed Professional Engineer (California PE preferred)

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong analytical skills

Minimum of 8 years tunnel engineering experience with significant practical experience on tunnel and underground construction projects

Experience with design and construction of shafts and jacking/receiving pits, including development of earth and groundwater loads, assessment of support types, and development of support of excavation, initial ground support, and final liner systems

Demonstrated background in rock mechanics and rock tunneling, including experience with drill & blast, NATM, and TBM tunneling in soft ground and hard rock

Structural design experience of precast concrete segmental tunnel liners (preferred)

Candidates must undergo a background check which may include criminal history, motor vehicle record and credit check, plus a drug screen. The selected applicant may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. US Citizenship is required to meet this obligation.

About Us

For over 60 years, Schnabel Engineering, an employee-owned company, has been focused on solving complex infrastructure challenges through specialization in geotechnical, geostructural, dam and tunnel engineering. We are an ENR Top 500 Design Firm and Top 200 Environmental Firm dedicated to excellence in client service, high quality, and value added solutions. If you have an interest in joining our team, please apply below.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability