Geotechnical Project Engineer

Geotechnical Project Engineer 

Benesch is seeking a Geotechnical Project Engineer eager to contribute to various Railroad construction and infrastructure projects. In this role, you'll be a key player in our thriving Railroad division. As a Geotechnical Engineer, you'll take charge of project coordination, subsurface investigations, soil analysis, and geotechnical assessments. Your expertise will drive recommendations for design and construction across diverse projects, produce thorough engineering reports, and foster collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. 

The ideal candidate is a seasoned and innovative professional with a minimum of 8 years of practical experience in geotechnical-related work eager to share their expertise to drive our team's development forward. We are looking for excellent communication skills, a talent for complex analysis and design, and a proactive problem-solving approach. 


This position is entirely remote, offering flexibility while fostering collaboration with our dynamic teams through various engagement opportunities within Benesch and the Railroad Division. Alternatively, we also have options for office space at the following Benesch locations that have a geotechnical team and or focus on geotechnical business development: Baltimore, MD; Jacksonville, FL; Nashville, TN; Richmond, VA; 2 Locations in GA (Atlanta, Augusta); 3 Locations in NC (Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington). 

Benesch’s Railroad Division is made up of highly skilled rail professional engineers, many of whom are former employees of operating railroads. This firsthand experience working on designing and maintaining active rail systems uniquely equips our team to develop innovative solutions to a wide variety of rail projects. 

The Impact You Will Have

  • Assist with project setup and coordination and preliminary desktop study of site conditions.
  • Mentor junior engineers with field data collection procedures, policies and protocols.
  • Verify that work performed during subsurface explorations is performed in accordance with railroad and Benesch safety requirements, proposal documents, and ASTM specifications.
  • Verify that soil samples acquired during the geotechnical exploration are handled and delivered to the material testing laboratory in accordance with ASTM specifications.
  • Review and approve completed assignments performed and submitted by Geotechnical Designer (Staff Engineer) including:
    • Field work activities
    • Laboratory test schedule and subsequent results
    • Boring logs
    • Reports and Memorandums
  • Review and recommend solutions regarding emerging issues during project construction phases to ensure geotechnical aspects are properly addressed and implemented.
  • Monitor and test civil and structural installations including cut and fill earthwork, footing and pile installation, and ground stabilization activities.
  • Plan and coordinate Geotechnical Instrumentation for remote monitoring.
  • Perform geotechnical evaluations, calculations, and designs for ballast, subballast, subgrade, slopes, pavements, retaining walls, and foundations (footings and piles).
  • Prepare draft geotechnical engineering reports.
  • Support subsurface investigations, geologic reconnaissance, and on-site data collection, including soil and rock sampling.
  • Interact with internal and external clients, project teams, sub-consultants, and contractors

What We Are Looking For

  • BS in Civil engineering or related discipline
  • Minimum of 10 years of diverse and progressive geotechnical experience with a focus on Rail
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)
  • Excellent communication and intrapersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with a track record for adhering to design budgets and schedules.
  • Experience performing soil-related work (classification, lab testing, reporting, etc.)
  • Ability to perform complex analysis and design.
  • Proficiency in utilizing MS Suite, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word, along with expertise in specialized software such as LPILE, Rocscience, ASHTO pavement design, Pcase, and Stable, is highly preferred. 
  • Assist with technical training for less experienced engineers, geologists, and technicians.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment #LI-MM1

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