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Job Description


Schnabel Engineering is an employee-owned, professional consulting firm that focuses on solving problems related to the earth and environment through specialization in dam, geotechnical, geostructural, and tunnel engineering.  Schnabel’s high standards for quality, business ethics, and concern for the communities they live in, and support are a vital part of who we are and what we offer.  Founded in 1956, Schnabel has experienced tremendous success and growth through its dedication to excellence in client service, high quality, and value-added solutions. Schnabel is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm and Top 10 Dams and Reservoirs Design Firm with over 500+ employees in 26 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 health, dental, life and disability. Engagement in Schnabel’s wellness program offers incentives for employees to pursue a healthy lifestyle, and the firm rewards employees through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan.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:Are you looking for interesting and meaningful work, a fun atmosphere, and opportunities to learn, grow, and excel? If so, then welcome to Schnabel! We approach problems with creativity and innovation. Our Helena, Montana office is seeking an entry level civil engineer to support our engineering group. We are looking for a motivated candidate with attention to detail, a passion to continue to develop as a professional, and a desire to be part of a strong multi-disciplinary team.The Helena office of Schnabel focuses on the evaluation and design of dams, structures, and facilities within our dams engineering group. Example projects include the design of dams, fish hatcheries, surface water intakes, pump stations, outlet works, pipelines, and fabricated gates and valves for projects located across the United States.Job Responsibilities:

  • Analyze and design components related to water infrastructure, including gates, valves, bulkheads, pipelines, pumps, steel fabrications, reinforced concrete, geotechnical evaluations, and hydrologic analysis
  • Perform inspections of dams and hydraulic structures and collect data and measurements in the field
  • Develop engineering recommendations and write technical reports
  • Assist in the preparation of complete engineering plans and specifications to be part of construction documents
  • Prepare 2D design drawings using AutoCAD
  • Prepare 3D design models and drawings using AutoCAD Civil 3D & Autodesk Revit
  • Perform construction inspection with opportunities for longer-term field assignments
  • Work as a team member within the Helena office and across other Schnabel offices to effectively balance workload among available resources.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • A Bachelor's degree focused in civil engineering, from an ABET-accredited institution is required
  • Candidates with a Master's Degree are preferred, but not required
  • 0-5 years of design- and/or construction-oriented consulting engineering experience
  • Successful completion of the EIT and future ability to become a Licensed Professional Engineer
  • Ability to lift 60 pounds and be physically able to negotiate construction sites, enter trenches, climb ladders, and work outside
  • Willingness and ability to perform field work and travel.  There is an opportunity for field inspection assignments associated with this opening for candidates with relevant qualifications
  • Experience and interest with the following types of projects:
    • Dams
    • Hydropower plants
    • Pumps stations
    • Intakes
    • Fish hatcheries
    • Large diameter pipelines, fittings, pipe supports, and valves
    • Machine design
    • Fabricated steel structures
  • Proficiency with the latest version of AutoCAD & AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Have a positive attitude and work well in a team environment
  • A strong work ethic and the desire to perform professionally at a high level

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a background check which may include criminal history, motor vehicle record, 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)