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Geotechnical Engineer

Specific questions, please email/call John Bilderback, P.E., State Construction and Materials Engineer,, (208)334-8426.

Construction Materials / Geotechnical Engineer (Engineer, Technical 2)

Idaho Transportation Department

Open for Recruitment: July 28, 2017 - August 18, 2017

Announcement # 03708006934

Salary Range: starting at $31.04 - $38.80 per hour (Grade O) -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

Our Mission: Your Safety. Your Mobility. Your Economic Opportunity.

Are you interested in working for an award-winning state agency with a Constructive Culture?

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has defined a Constructive Culture as a results-driven work environment where all employees treat each other with respect, develop themselves personally and professionally, support team efforts, and are accountable for their actions. Many efforts including leadership coaching and training are taking place to grow the ITD’s Constructive Culture. This opening may be your opportunity to use your knowledge and skills and to also help promote a Constructive Culture at the ITD.

The ITD is hiring for a Technical Engineer 2 located at our headquarters office in Boise. This position will support technical service delivery of highway and bridge construction projects related to geotechnical engineering. The Technical Engineer position will have an emphasis in geotechnical engineering and construction troubleshooting, but will also be expected to have experience in other functions of the highway construction business, such as construction contract administration and quality assurance reviews to assist staff in these subject matter areas as well. Geotechnical engineering report generation and review, geotechnical design and calculations, construction troubleshooting, managing contract administration and quality assurance, interpreting and writing specifications and special provisions, manuals, policies and procedures, and managing complex documents, conducting business practice reviews, staying current on construction costs and issues, and working collaboratively with other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have superior time management skills, be a self-starter and have the ability to work well with others of differing viewpoints.

Some travel required.

Geotechnical Engineering Responsibilities:

• Assist the six ITD districts with site reconnaissance and development of subsurface evaluations in response to landslides and other geotechnical problems, as well as development of future projects.

• Perform geotechnical construction problem troubleshooting.

• Prepare and update project pile driving criteria using GRLWEAP, including review of test pile data, and pile dynamic testing and CAPWAP results.

• Geotechnical (phase) report generation and review.

• Review contractor permanent retaining wall and temporary excavation support design submittals.

• Consultant term agreement proposal reviews.

• Participation in value engineering studies.

• Develop geotechnical standard specifications and special provisions.

Other Engineering Responsibilities:

• Be a technical resource for contract administration, including maintaining and updating the Contract Administration manual and other areas of the highway construction business.

• Coordinate and work with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to improve business practices.

• Conduct construction project QA reviews and prepare reports.

• Perform construction problem trouble shooting.

• Participation in value engineering studies.

• Analyze and solve complicated business process situations and develop corresponding specifications, special provisions and standard operating policy and procedure revisions.

• Construction claim support.

• Consultant term agreement proposal reviews

Minimum Qualifications (Licensure and Experience):

• Licensed in Idaho as a Professional Engineer (PE), or eligibility for comity licensure by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers in accordance with Idaho Code, Title 54, Chapter 12;

• Valid Drivers license;

• Coordinating with state and local government operations in a specialty area;

• Evaluating engineering projects and making decisions relative to their merit;

• Writing engineering reports and related correspondence;

• Reviewing and critiquing engineering analyses;

• Making oral presentations to groups, relative to the merits of engineering applications.

Desired Qualifications:

• 5 years of post-licensure experience in geotechnical engineering,

• Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering,

• Self-starter, willing to make decisions and “own” your job,

• Willing to learn other facets of the highway construction business (e.g., contract administration),

• Experience and ability to train other personnel,

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work independently or in multidisciplinary teams,

• Experience planning, implementing, and managing geotechnical exploration programs including assigning laboratory testing and knowledge of laboratory testing and establishing test parameters,

• Experience in performing material and site characterization, geotechnical design, design of shallow, mat, and deep foundations, design of retaining walls, temporary support of excavation, rock mechanics, ground improvement, soft soils, dewatering, and large earthmoving projects, seepage, slope stability, and settlement analyses,

• Working knowledge of geotechnical design software GRLWEAP, AllPile, Slide, SNAP-2, SlopeW, SeepW, Plaxis, FLAC, Lpile, Group, Settle3D, GeoStudio and/or RocScience. Familiarity with gINT, FLAC, or PLAXIX and other latest geotechnical design software preferred,

• Experience preparing geotechnical reports, drawings, specifications and special provisions,

• Experience supervising field observation, testing, and performing site visits,

• Be able to interface with the civil or bridge design team to develop and value-engineer practical, fit-for-use geotechnical engineering solutions,

• Collaborate with design teams to ensure effective, efficient, and on-time project delivery,

• Be able to organize priorities and multi-task effectively,

• Lead research projects related to geotechnical engineering studies,

• Possess a thirst to learn and a continuous improvement attitude.

Posted on: Monday, July 31, 2017
This listing expires on: Friday, August 18, 2017

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