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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 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 an employee-owned company, through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, Schnabel employees directly benefit from the success of our growing firm.Benefit options include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee life & ADD insurance (100% company-paid)
  • Short-term disability (100% company-paid)
  • Long-term disability
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • 401(k) and profit-sharing plan
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
  • Bonus program
  • Paid time off
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Wellness program
  • Professional development and tuition reimbursement

Job Description:Schnabel Engineering is seeking a Project Geotechnical Engineer to support our growing business. Qualified candidates will be well-rounded, organized problem solvers with an interest in managing complex projects, working within a team of skilled engineers, and developing early career professionals. The qualified candidate should be developing experience in the application of soil mechanics fundamentals and practice of geotechnical engineering for design of deep foundations, spread foundations, retaining walls, embankments, slope stability, seepage and consolidation, and ground improvement , particularly on water resources and transportation infrastructure projects.Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop geotechnical engineering scope of services and fee estimates
  • Planning and oversight of geotechnical subsurface explorations
  • Manage/review geotechnical and construction phase observation and testing field work performed by others
  • Assign, review and interpret geotechnical laboratory tests
  • Perform/review geotechnical engineering analyses and calculations
  • Develop geotechnical engineering recommendations and write geotechnical engineering reports
  • Perform project management activities including communicating resource needs, managing client expectations, planning and delegating work, management of project budgets, invoicing and backlog reporting
  • Capable of managing client relationships and business development opportunities with increased experience
  • Capable of managing and mentoring staff, geologists and technicians with increased experience
  • Work as a team member within the office and across the business unit in other Schnabel offices to effectively balance workload among available resources

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET-accredited program
  • Licensed Professional Engineer with the ability to obtain by comity , or able to obtain Professional Engineer license within 12 months of engagement.
  • 4+ years of relevant professional experience in consulting geotechnical engineering
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • AutoCAD and GIS skills suitable for developing geotechnical deliverables
  • Ability to advance proficiency with geotechnical engineering analysis software such as LPILE, APILE and SHAFT, GeoStudio, Settle3D and FoSSA, OpenGround, or similar programs.  
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong work ethic and a desire for continual self-improvement
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative team environment
  • Confidence and independence, with a shared sense of responsibility

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Project management experience for a variety of transportation projects
  • Some background knowledge of the transportation market in the Southeastern USA, and ability to develop client relationships
  • Experience with transportation agency policies, procedures (e.g. GDOT, SCDOT, NCDOT, FDOT) and requirements
  • Ability to support geotechnical aspects of dam and tunnel engineering projects

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 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)