Senior Geotechnical Engineer (Tunnel Redundancy)

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Chelsea , MA 02150

Posted 5 months ago

DIVISION: Tunnel Redundancy

DEPARTMENT: Tunnel Redundancy

UNION/GRADE: Unit 9/Grade 25


Participates in the planning, geotechnical engineering, design, and construction of projects related to the Metropolitan Tunnel Redundancy Program as well as rehabilitation and capital improvement of other water and wastewater facilities and infrastructure.


Works under the general supervision of the Manager, Geotechnical and Tunneling (Tunnel Redundancy).


Exercises close supervision over a small staff of drafters, junior engineers, field employees, and inspectors.


  • Serves as a geotechnical engineer during the planning, design and construction of the tunnel systems related to the Tunnel Redundancy Program.

  • Works on tasks related to the evaluation, planning, design, or construction of tunnel facilities and wastewater treatment plants, wastewater pumping stations, CSO facilities, headworks facilities, collection system components, water treatment facilities, water pumping stations, distribution and transmission lines, and support buildings and equipment.

  • Prepares and reviews concept and preliminary design reports, designs, and cost estimates. Participates in the development, implementation and monitoring of construction and service contracts, plans and specifications for proposed construction, modifications / replacements, permit applications and permits. Participates in shop drawing reviews.

  • Utilizes Authority databases to gather and summarize facility and system data and assists senior engineering staff with evaluation and presentation of data.

  • Assists with the management of subsurface data records, records access, and exchange of technical information.

  • Performs calculations, develops design documents, and gathers information for inclusion in engineering reports, construction activities, proposed modifications / replacements, technical or planning studies, and evaluations.

  • Resolves or recommends ways to solve civil engineering issues and problems including subsurface exploration and testing methods, tunnel alignment, shaft location selection, shaft design, tunnel diameter and liner system, tunnel boring machine specification, shaft and tunnel groundwater control, probing and grouting, blasting, ground monitoring, and instrumentation.

  • Performs professional engineering work of substantial difficulty and importance, including the preparation of reports and contract plans and specifications requiring the exercising of independent engineering judgment.

  • Reviews the work of professional engineering consultants, including engineering consultants, as well as construction firms for quality and responsiveness of work products, budgets and schedules, and conformance to contract terms.

  • Conducts inspection of construction for conformance to plans and specifications. Plans sequence of work with contractors on jobs and submits progress reports. Acts as a Resident Engineer on major construction projects.

  • Participates in emergency response to any/all MWRA emergencies as needed.

  • Participates in contract administration tasks.


  • Assists in the resolving difficult administrative and engineering problems and supervises material quantities and project costs.

  • Performs related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

  • Both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in geotechnical engineering, geology, or civil engineering or related engineering field; and

  • Two (2) years civil/geotechnical/tunnel engineering experience including monitoring subcontractors work-related to test borings, rock coring, and monitoring wells as well as test boring and rock core logging; or

  • Any equivalent combination of education or experience.


  • Experience in geophysical testing, in-situ instrumentation, and ground improvement.

  • One year of supervisory experience.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering and geotechnical engineering.

  • Understanding of issues related to design, construction, and operation of large and complex water and wastewater facilities and infrastructure.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a project team and also to function independently with minimal supervision.

  • Familiarity with engineering software such as CADD, and those related to subsurface investigations, geotechnical engineering, shaft, and tunnel design is preferred.


  • A valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

  • Registration as a Massachusetts Professional Engineer is preferred.


Office machines as normally associated with the use of telephone, personal computer including word processing and other software, copy and machines.


  • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and to use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, including office equipment, controls. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

  • The employee may be required frequently to lift and/or move up to ten pounds and occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to twenty five pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


  • The work characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee at times works near moving mechanical parts, and is at times exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high or underground precarious places and is at times exposed to fumes or airborne particles, extreme heat or extreme cold, and the risk of electrical shock.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud in a field setting and moderately quiet in an office setting.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

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Senior Geotechnical Engineer (Tunnel Redundancy)

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority