Experienced Geotechnical Engineer Gulf Coast

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Houston , TX 77020

Posted 3 months ago

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) Houston, TX or Boca Raton, FL is seeking to grow its team with an experienced Geotechnical Engineer for the Gulf Coast. The ideal candidate is a well-rounded engineer with a professional network in the Gulf Coast region, who is able to tackle complex geotechnical/geological assignments. In this role, you'll build business, lead teams, and manage projects. You'll also contribute to company-wide objectives through mentoring, participation in office and company development initiatives, involvement in WJE's Technical Resource Groups (TRGs), and business development.

WJE is a global firm of engineers, architects, and materials scientists committed to helping solve, repair, and avoid problems in the built world. Since 1956, our applied experience from more than 125,000 projects and our state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities have made WJE a leader in providing innovative yet practical solutions to the clients we serve.


  • Manage projects, including developing project scope, assembling and managing appropriate project teams, maintaining project schedules and budgets, and managing client expectations and deliverables

  • Develop client relationships, including attracting new and repeat business

  • Analyze research and investigation data and develop alternative solutions for solving problems

  • Conduct on-site inspection/investigation including survey and documentation of distress

  • Hold leadership roles in professional organizations, author papers, attend conferences, and perform work on technical committees


  • Advanced degree (MS or higher) in geotechnical and/or geological engineering studies with 10+ years of related experience, primarily in the coastal areas of the southeastern states (or from the Chesapeake Bay to the Rio Grande Basin)

  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer in one or more states

  • Experience with foundation design and performance for typical coastal soft soil profiles including deep foundations, inclusive of storage tank and bridge foundations

  • Working knowledge of waterfront structures, port facilities, seawalls, and earth retention as well as settlement analyses for building and structures

  • Experience with design and repair of jetties, groins, breakwaters, and similar beach or waterfront improvements

  • Expertise with underpinning and other remedial measures for distressed structures as well as ground improvement methods and analysis of embankments on soft ground

  • Tunneling experience is a welcome enhancement

  • Exposure to litigation and insurance claim cases

  • Strong technical, written, and verbal communication skills

  • Strong analytical ability and fluency in one or more geotechnical analysis computer programs, such as LPile, SLIDE, MATLAB and Mathcad

  • Willingness to work in the field and travel outside the local area, depending on workload and project locations

Physical Requirements:

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. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, voice mail systems, and other office and field equipment. Requirements may also include:

  • Ability to attend meetings at various office, field, and construction sites

  • Ability to perform observations of exploratory pits and soil sampling

  • Ability to take measurements of piezometers, inclinometers, etc.

  • Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 50 lbs.

  • Ability to perform in the temperature extremes presented by work in the outdoors

  • Ability to read geotechnical reports, geological maps, construction drawings, printed materials, and computer screens

  • Ability to record data clearly and write passages for reports, letters, etc.

  • Ability to travel

  • Ability to safely work in excavations and at heights

  • Ability to safely use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts, and other access equipment

  • Ability to understand and appreciate safety training specific to numerous workplace and construction hazards

  • Ability to safely work in a variety of occupationally hazardous locations

  • Medically fit to utilize respiratory protection devices and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment

  • Ability to drive and safely operate a motor vehicle

WJE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite all qualified applicants to apply including individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, and protected veterans. (VEVRAA federal contractor)

WJE will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Fair Chance Ordinances.


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