Geotechnical Engineer
Raleigh, NC  / Winston Salem, NC  / Wilmington, NC 
Posted 23 days ago
Job Description

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

HDR is looking for a Geotechnical Engineer in one of our four NC offices (Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, or Wilmington, NC). They will typically work under and with Senior Geotechnical staff and be responsible for the geotechnical analysis and design or the interpretation and understanding of subsurface conditions of infrastructure projects including but not limited to roadways, retaining walls, bridges, buildings, dams, soils and rock slopes, etc. Opportunities exist to participate on high profile infrastructure projects in the southeast and across the United States. They will also develop subsurface investigation and laboratory testing plans, review boring logs and laboratory data, and design plans for a variety of geotechnical tasks such as slope stability, driven piles and drilled shafts, and also provide project specific analysis/evaluation for sites with seismic considerations, including slide remediation, ground improvement, and others. They will prepare geotechnical reports and also be expected to coordinate with project managers to implement measures to successfully meet all project goals and objectives. Southeast regional travel is required for site visits, client/project meetings, etc. Depending on the experience level of the candidate, responsibilities may also include logging geotechnical borings, development of project scope and fee estimates, and project management. Candidates must be capable of working independently or in a team environment assisting Senior Geotechnical staff.



Required Qualifications

  • BS in Civil Engineering required

  • Minimum of 5 years of geotechnical-related engineering experience

  • PE or ability to obtain one in NC within 12 months; candidates hired without their PE will have the title of "Geotechnical Designer"

  • Experience with NCDOT Geotechnical Engineering Unit policies and procedures

  • Must have a knowledge of soil and rock mechanics

  • Proficiency with geotechnical engineering software (gINT, GeoStudio Suite, Ensoft Suite, Settle 3D, GRLWEAP, etc.) and Microsoft office programs

  • Must be willing to travel (up to 50%) throughout the Southeast, mainly NC, SC, and GA

  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills

  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS with geotechnical or geology concentration preferred

  • Local candidates are preferred

  • Proficiency with CAD software (MicroStation) preferred


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Primary Location: United States-North Carolina-Raleigh
Other Locations: United States-North Carolina-Winston-Salem, United States-North Carolina-Wilmington, United States-North Carolina-Charlotte
Industry: Highway + Road
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: Geotechnical
Job Posting: Jan 10, 2023

At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity.

USA: We are a Federal Contractor, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

CANADA: We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

AUSTRALIA: We consider all qualified candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of birth, political or religious affiliation, health status, or any other status protected by law.

At HDR, health and safety matters.

For some positions, you may be required to provide drug and alcohol testing, before or during employment, based on our Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy.

If you are required to drive for us, we require a valid driver's license and compliance with our vehicle policy.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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