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Job Description


Schnabel is an 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 450+ 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 an 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 flexible atmosphere, and opportunities to learn, grow, excel, and advance your career? If so, then welcome to Schnabel! We approach problems with creativity and innovation.  The Chadds Ford, PA office of Schnabel Engineering is seeking a Staff Engineer to join our growing GeoDesign practice. Our GeoDesign group provides a broad range of consulting services including subsurface exploration and testing, analysis and design, value engineering, construction-phase engineering and forensics. We specialize in design services including, shallow and deep foundation systems, earth retaining structures, karst (sinkhole/subsidence), grouting programs, ground improvement, geo-hazards and stabilization of natural and man-made slopes and other earth systems/structures, design for support of excavation (SOE) systems, and underpinning of structures.  We are looking for a motivated candidate with attention to detail, a passion to develop as a professional, ambition to contribute to challenging and exciting projects, and a desire to be part of a strong team.   Job Responsibilities:

  • Effective time management, written communication skills, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to efficiently balance multiple concurrent tasks, responsibilities, and commitments.
  • Logging of test borings and test pits.
  • Provide support on preparation of reports and proposals.
  • Observe geotechnical-related construction and prepare daily observation reports.
  • Preparation of design calculations and drawings (sketches) using AutoCAD and MicroStation and providing design support during construction. 

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET-accredited program
  • 0-2 years of professional experience
  • EIT certification or the ability to get one within 6 months of hire
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Strong work ethic and a desire for continual self-improvement
  • Willingness and ability to perform field work and travel, including assignments that may last several days or weeks but up to months away from the office 
  • Ability to lift 60 pounds and be physically able to negotiate construction sites, enter trenches, climb ladders and work outside

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Prior internship or professional work in a related field (i.e. geotechnical engineering, construction, civil engineering, etc.)
  • Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, structural geology or a related field

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a background check which may include criminal history, motor vehicle record and credit check
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment drug 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)