Geotechnical Designer

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Benesch is a growing, multi-disciplined planning, engineering, and professional services firm. We enhance infrastructure and communities across the country – creating spaces and providing connections in ways that make a difference.

We pride ourselves on being nimble enough to remain responsive to client needs, yet large enough to offer exceptional bench strength. As a member of our team, you’ll have an opportunity to draw from those resources when you need them, and likewise, contribute your expertise when you have something to share.

At Benesch, we are looking for candidates with varied backgrounds and worldviews. Diverse ideas come from diverse people, and we are committed to offering an inclusive work environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Statistics show that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply for a position if they don’t meet 100% of the qualifications. If this statement resonates with you – don’t be so hard on yourself. Apply for the job!

Geotechnical Designer

Benesch is offering a career opportunity for a Geotechnical Designer to join our Railroad Division to support railroad clients located across the United States. When joining our team, we provide mentoring and training to accelerate an engineering graduate’s career from entry-level Geotechnical Designer 1 to senior subject matter expert, Senior Technical Manager. 

Benesch is committed to providing our clients with exceptional geotechnical engineering services that include emergency response, project support, ground hazard risk assessments, and forensic studies. Our geotechnical portfolio includes general and advanced field testing, analysis, and evaluations. Benesch teams across the country are routinely awarded recognition by local, state, and federal organizations as well as professional engineering transportation societies.

This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic team that provides innovative services not typically offered by other consultants, resulting in long-term solutions. You'll find the work engaging due to the variety of the services provided, ensuring variety in your day while being mentored by a team of experts!


This role offers a hybrid work arrangement, allowing you to work closely with our team of experts. Benesch has geotechnical teams and a focus on geotechnical business development in several locations: Baltimore, Maryland; Jacksonville, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Illinois (Naperville, Chicago); Georgia (Atlanta, Augusta) or North Carolina.  

The Impact You Will Have

  • This position will require travel to project and facility sites located across the continental United States, likely involving out-of-town trips.
  • Classify and log geotechnical borings during subsurface exploration operations.
  • Verify that work performed during subsurface explorations are conducted 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.
  • Submit draft boring logs and laboratory testing assignments to the Project Engineer.
  • Present final laboratory test assignments to material laboratory staff.
  • Provide specialized observation during 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.
  • Install and maintain geotechnical instrumentation to monitor ground conditions and structural integrity throughout project lifecycles.
  • Assist with geotechnical evaluations, calculations, and designs for foundations (footings and piles), retaining walls, and slopes.
  • Prepare draft geotechnical engineering reports.

What You Will Need

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree of Science in Civil Engineering. (Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering is a plus, but not required.)
  • 0-2 years of geotechnical or civil engineering experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with others.
  • Maintaining a professional image and a respectful attitude.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Competent use of applicable Microsoft Office products.
  • A reliable form of transportation and a valid driver’s license. #LI-MM1 #LI-JB1

Explore the Benefits of working at Benesch! 

Benesch is a great company to work for! Our comprehensive benefits package includes paid over-time, exceptional retirement fund contributions, flexible schedules, wellness incentives, and all-around great people to work with. Take your career to the next level by applying today.

Our benefits package is designed to take care of our employees. The health and wellness of our employees is essential to their success both personally and professionally. That is why we invest in our employees’ well-being by providing a comprehensive benefits package to help them live a healthy lifestyle. Each option can be customized to meet the needs of our employees and their families. 

Benesch offers a generous paid time benefits plan that increases throughout your career plus several paid holidays.  Our benefits include medical, dental, and vision benefits. We also include company-paid life insurance, short term, and long-term disability plans. Benesch offers a 401K plan and profit-sharing contributions to the 401K plan with the potential of 9% total employer contribution to your retirement savings!! 

From insurance and retirement plan to our wellness programs, we provide employee benefits that meet your wants and needs. Click here to learn more about some of the benefits of working at Benesch! 

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