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Geotechnical Engineer - Senior Level - Dams Focused (Part time - Hybrid)

Company: Barr Engineering Company
Location: Denver
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Job Description:


The person in this position will be part of an innovative geotechnical engineering team of over 80 geotechnical engineers and field geologists. Barr's geotechnical engineering team provides a wide array of services related to foundations, dams, embankments, landslides, soil-structure interaction, earth-retaining structures, excavations, and underground structures. We also offer geotechnical services for ground improvement, geotechnical modeling, instrumentation and monitoring, in-situ testing, geophysics, soil dynamics and earthquake engineering, geosynthetics, and groundwater and seepage.

Key Responsibilities may include some or all of the following:

  • Managing geotechnical projects from concept to construction
  • Maintaining and developing client relationships
  • Providing support through training/mentorship for geotechnical engineers
  • Preparing proposals and cost estimates for geotechnical investigations
  • Coordinating field and laboratory testing
  • Interpreting and analyzing geotechnical data to establish engineering properties of materials and foundation recommendations
  • Completing geotechnical engineering analyses including seepage, slope stability, bearing capacity, settlement, and rotational stiffness
  • Preparing reports
  • Assist in supporting the growth of the dam practice area
  • Traveling for periodic out-of-town assignments. Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering
    • 15 years of relevant work experience with dam engineering and risk assessments
    • Professional engineer (PE) certification or ability to obtain certification within one year
    • Broad knowledge of and experience with civil engineering and design codes, standards, guidelines, and best practices to complete complex dam evaluation, design, and construction projects
    • Experience with established dam safety programs, including Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Part 12 dam safety program requirements (engineering guidelines, supporting technical information documents (STIDs), probable maximum precipitation (PMP)/probable maximum flood (PMF), emergency action plans (EAPs), potential failure modes analyses (PFMAs), dam safety surveillance monitoring plans (DSSMPs), Owner's Dam Safety Program (ODSP), risk-informed decision making (RIDM), etc.) or similar dams safety programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and/or states/provinces
    • Facilitation experience with PFMAs/failure modes and effects analyses (FMEAs)
    • Experience performing probability and consequence analysis for qualitative risk assessments
    • Demonstrated understanding of the consulting profession, including flexibility and willingness to modify personal schedule as required to meet project deadlines and/or client needs
    • Willingness to travel to support project needs
    • Computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet creation
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. without the need for sponsorship
    • Acceptable driving record Preferred Qualifications:
      • Graduate degree in civil or geotechnical engineering with additional coursework or research related to geotechnical or dam engineering
      • 20+ years of analysis and design experience, including inspecting concrete and earthen dams and/or levees, especially related to dam repair and rehabilitation
      • Prior approval as an independent consultant to complete FERC Part 12 dam safety inspections
      • Interest in and ability to perform project execution and management, business development, and staff mentoring
      • Facilitation experience with qualitative and quantitative dam risk assessments
      • Computer skills and work experience in statistical analysis software or risk analysis software (@Risk or similar)

        A hybrid work arrangement may be considered for this position. A hybrid work arrangement refers to splitting time worked between a Barr office and a home office. This position can be based out of Barr's Denver, Colorado, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, offices. Other locations may be considered.

        NOTE: Some work locations may feature rough terrain typical of construction sites and may require entering and working in facilities that include limited accessibility, moving machinery, and other conditions characteristic of industrial facilities. Assignments may involve work on waste disposal sites and sites requiring cleanup of hazardous materials. An OSHA-mandated physical exam may be required. Safety training will be provided. Applicants may be asked to participate in a drug screening program at the request of specific clients.

        Colorado Applicants Only:


        The anticipated base salary range for this position is $95,000 - $120,000. Compensation will vary based upon experience, education, skill level, and other compensable factors. Employees in this position may also be eligible for a discretionary cash bonus. Our compensation comes in more ways than traditional base salary, and we believe that when all those elements are combined, our compensation is a competitive part of the total value proposition of working at Barr.


        People report that they stay at Barr because of the camaraderie and career opportunities. Another draw is our competitive package of employee benefits, which includes professional development funding, 401(k) retirement savings plan, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) participation, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, disability and accidental death insurance, flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses, paid holidays, paid time off, and compensatory time for exempt/salaried staff (time off or pay for extra time worked).


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