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Schnabel is a 100% employee-owned, professional engineering and consulting firm that focuses on solving problems related to the earth and environment through specialization in geotechnical, geostructural, tunnel, and dam engineering. Schnabel’s high standards for quality, business ethics, and concern for the communities in which we live are a vital part of who we are. Schnabel is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm with nearly 500 employees in 25 offices throughout the United States.Recognized by CE News as one of the Best Engineering Firms to Work for, Schnabel provides employees with a competitive benefits package including maternity leave, tuition reimbursement for continuing education, health, dental, life and disability insurance and a wellness program. As a 100% employee-owned company, through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, Schnabel employees directly benefit from the success of our growing firm.  Job Description:Are you looking for interesting and meaningful work, a fun and innovative atmosphere, and opportunities to learn, grow, lead, and excel? If so, then welcome to Schnabel! The Lexington, Kentucky office is seeking a Project Engineer with background in geotechnical and/or dam safety engineering. This position will allow you to apply your skills in the assessment, design, and construction of geohazard mitigation, dam rehabilitations and design of new dams, hydraulic structures, and geostructural solutions.  As a Project Engineer, you will play a key role on teams of engineers and scientists to serve in technical roles at the project level, deliver project tasks with high quality standards and attention to detail, and assist with proposal development and client management.We are looking for experienced, motivated candidates with attention to detail, a passion for continued learning and professional development, and a desire to be part of a strong multi-disciplinary team. The Lexington office focuses on the evaluation, design, and construction quality assurance for geohazard mitigation solutions, dam safety modifications and new dams, reinforced concrete structures, and geotechnical foundation designs for various types of infrastructure. Example projects include landslide remediations, dam rehabilitations, new dam design, transmission tower foundation design, and instrumentation and monitoring of critical infrastructure. Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead the planning, management, and execution of complex dams and levees projects
  • Develop engineering scope of work and cost estimates
  • Communicate effectively with clients, business partners, and Schnabel team members
  • Scheduling, coordination, mentorship, and oversight of junior staff during assessment, design, and construction phases
  • Develop and/or check design calculations, engineering analyses, and construction drawings and specifications.
  • Interpretation of data and development of design and construction recommendations
  • Assist with business development activities
  • Some field work and travel will be required for geotechnical explorations, site reconnaissance visits, and/or construction observation.


  • 5 to 15 years of relevant dams / geotechnical and/or structural engineering experience in consulting
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited institution; Master’s Degree in Dams/ Geotechnical or Structural Engineering is preferred
  • Licensed Professional Engineer and ability to obtain reciprocity in other states.
  • Prior experience with Heavy Civil construction means and methods
  • Prior risk-informed decision-making experience for dams is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Strong professional work ethic and desire to perform at a high level
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a multidisciplinary, multi-office team
  • Attention to detail and well-organized

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment screening.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)  

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