Senior Geotechnical Dam Engineer (Water Resources)

Mcmillen Jacobs Associates Portland , OR 97228

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 Senior Geotechnical Engineer with to join our growing Water Resources Division. The position will be located in Portland, Oregon or Boise, Idaho. We will also consider placement in Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento, and Vancouver, BC, depending on experience. The ideal candidate will be a Professional Engineer with a strong background in geotechnical design. This professional will apply engineering and geologic principles and techniques to oversee and complete dam/hydroelectric, conveyance tunnels, and water resource projects.


  • 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.

  • Support dam safety engineering, by supporting the multi-disciplinary needs of the dam safety programs

  • Multi-task across various disciplines and locations in support of dam and other hydroelectric specific project work

  • Communicate professionally and effectively with a variety of subject-matter experts and project contributors in a collaborative team environment

  • 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

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • Knowledge of FERC Guidelines

  • General knowledge of seismic analyses

  • Provide field engineering support for projects during construction.

  • Participate in professional development and training activities.

  • Manage projects including client expectations and project scope, schedule, and budgets

  • Project and Task Management effectively manage multi-discipline teams for hydroelectric and dam projects

  • Mentor more junior engineers in a respectful and collaborative manner that promotes positive team spirit


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

  • Professional Engineer registration required

  • 10+ years of experience related to geotechnical analysis and design and/or dam safety engineering

  • 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)

  • Project management experience

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

  • Willing to travel up to 25%

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite

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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Senior Geotechnical Dam Engineer (Water Resources)

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