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Job Description

Job SummaryProvide support for the duties of the engineers and technicians within the Geotechnical Division. Assist with geotechnical engineering projects and perform laboratory testing and field observation of construction materials. The amount of oversight and supervision will depend on the task complexity, as determined by the geotechnical engineer or technician.
Essential FunctionsReasonable accommodations or workable solutions may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

  • Field and Laboratory Work:
    1. Conduct geotechnical field testing according to QA procedures.
    2. Perform special inspection services materials testing or environmental services on an as needed basis.
    3. Coordinate technicians to perform field tests.
    4. Perform soil boring layout/documentation, utility clearance meets and surveying.
    5. Assist in training of less experienced personnel in routine field work/documentation.
    6. Conduct soil laboratory tests according to QA procedures.
    7. Log/classify soil samples in laboratory or fieldwork, as needed.
  • Performance of Work/Report Preparation:
    1. Establish and meet project quality requirements.
    2. Assist in maintaining and improving the materials testing laboratory in the local office.
    3. Oversee and maintain client, project team and in-house communication during work performance.
    4. Conduct geotechnical engineering investigations including assistance with developing field drilling and laboratory testing programs, geotechnical engineering analyses and report preparation.
    5. Assist in preparing formal engineering reports.
  • Proposal Preparation / Project Management:
    1. Communicate with clients to determine their project needs.
    2. Assist in developing engineering and testing programs for projects.
    3. Assist in establishing project budgets.
    4. Assist in preparing and presenting proposals.
    5. Assist in managing projects.


Supervisory Responsibility


Other Areas of Accountability

  • Conduct field, laboratory and office activities in a manner consistent with federal, state, and local regulations, along with AET’s QA and Health and Safety Policies, to promote the safety and protection of employees, clients and the public.
  • Maintain valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.  Some positions may require use of personal vehicle for company business.   Maintain compliance with DOT driver regulations if required for position.  Maintain appropriate physicals if required for position.
  • Some duties outdoors or away from main office/laboratory location.
  • Frequent travel required within regional area.
  • Occasional out-of-town travel.
  • Properly use and maintain company instruments and equipment.
  • Establish, maintain and build business relationships with clients.
  • Aid in company marketing functions.
  • Coordinate with other AET staff with the ultimate goal of increasing efficiency, productivity and communication.
  • Represent company within technical/professional organizations.
  • Perform other tasks as necessary to meet departmental or company goals.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Geological, or related Engineering field.  
  • 0-3 years of experience in an engineering or science related field.
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) and ability to achieve professional registration (PE). 
  • Internship or previous work experience preferred, but not mandatory.


Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of fundamental engineering or scientific principles within specialty area and ability to apply that knowledge to the job.
  • Skill in using personal computer software, especially Microsoft Office.
  • Communication skills sufficient to work effectively with clients and coworkers.
  • Ability to interact successfully with a wide variety of people, work effectively within project teams, resolve issues and problems in a constructive manner, and work independently in the field.  
  • Capable of the physical labor required, with personal protective equipment.  Ability to occasionally move 50 to 100 pounds.
  • Ability to perform hand auger borings and field testing throughout the working day.

 Work Environment   This job primarily operates in a professional office environment. This position also may require field work in outdoor conditions on construction sites with uneven ground and adverse weather conditions. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers.     Physical Demands   The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands or finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50-100 pounds. The employee will occasionally push or pull equipment weighing up to 200 pounds. The employee is required to frequently work outside.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.     AAP/EEO Statement   It is the policy of American Engineering Testing to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.    Other Duties   Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.