Geotechnical Dam Engineer (Water Resources)

Mcmillen Jacobs Associates Denver , CO 80208

Posted 3 months ago

McMillen Jacobs Associates has earned a reputation for outstanding Design/Build work with our customers around the world. We are currently seeking a Geotechnical Dam Engineer to join our growing Water Resources Division. The ideal candidate will be an EIT or with experience in geotechnical design of dams. This professional will apply engineering and geologic and geotechnical principles and techniques to work with a diverse, multi-disciplined team to complete dam/hydroelectric, conveyance tunnels, and water resource projects. The position will be located in Boise, Idaho or Portland, Oregon.


  • Follow safe work practices and adhere to company guidelines for planning and executing work in a safe manner.

  • Work in conjunction with engineers, geologists, and scientists to solve project challenges, performing design calculations as required.

  • Assist with feasibility studies by conducting research to assess challenges and develop solutions.

  • Conduct field inspections; observe and participate in field exploration and testing programs; and perform site characterizations and evaluate geotechnical hazards under the supervision of more senior engineers/geologists.

  • Assist in the selection of criteria for planning, design, and construction of dams, tunnels, foundations, slopes, and earth-retaining structures.

  • Assess subsurface conditions, including soil and rock properties and geomechanical conditions, including review and interpretation of field maps, field logs, test data, and other field documentation. Evaluate field and laboratory test data and develop parameters for use in technical analyses.

  • Conduct numerical analysis using programs such as DIPS, UNWEDGE, SWEDGE, UDEC, Phase2, Rocscience Slide under the supervision of others.

  • Prepare technical reports including geotechnical data reports, geotechnical baseline reports, field reports, technical memoranda, computation packages, feasibility reports, design and evaluation reports, construction drawings, and specifications.

  • Provide field engineering support for projects during construction.

  • Participate in professional development and training activities.


  • BS in Civil Engineering from an accredited university (MS with a geotechnical focus preferred)

  • EIT required, with a commitment to obtain PE in multiple states as needed

  • Skill in reading, interpreting and communicating contract documents, plans and specifications

  • Knowledge of the application of engineering and construction related to dam and hydro infrastructure

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, with the ability to convey technical information through written and verbal communication (English)

  • Able to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks

  • Ability to work in a team environment, work independently and be self-motivated.

  • Willing to travel up to 25%

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite

  • 1+ years of geotechnical or geologic experience, experience with dams is preferred.

Company Bio:

McMillen Jacobs Associates is a full-service engineering, environmental, and construction firm in the transportation, heavy civil underground, water resources, hydropower, and fisheries, markets. We are able to contribute to a project at the planning stage, navigate the regulatory requirements, develop a design, manage and self-perform construction, start-up, and commissioning.

Currently serving clients with over 430 staff members from 21 offices located in four countries, our superior technical skills include: geotechnical, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering; tunnel and underground project engineering; hydraulics and hydrology. We also have leading professionals in design and construction-related services for underground tunnels and stations, large-diameter wastewater and water tunnels and pipelines, heavy rail, light rail; fisheries; hydropower; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing and regulatory assistance; dam safety; spillway, intake, and water conveyance design and rehabilitation; as well as claims and dispute resolution.

McMillen Jacobs Associates is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and will make all employment related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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