- Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Hydropower and Dams


Lone Tree, CO, US Denver, CO, US

Requisition ID: 171239 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Water/Wastewater 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit has an immediate opening for a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with experience in the design and construction of dams, levees, and other hydraulic structures to support Kiewit Corporation’s Dams and Water Resources business across North America.  The successful candidate will bring energy, enthusiasm, and a focus on collaboration while providing technical, quality, and safety leadership on projects and pursuits.

The Senior Geotechnical Engineer will work with an interdisciplinary team that includes civil, structural, hydrologic, hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical engineers, as well as estimators, schedulers and other construction professionals, to identify geotechnical engineering risks and develop appropriate designs for water supply, flood control, pumped storage, and hydroelectric projects.  

The Senior Geotechnical Engineer will be responsible for overseeing the production and/or review of engineering analyses, reports, construction drawings, specifications, and other deliverables, as well as directing the work of staff geotechnical engineers. They will also be responsible for working with Kiewit’s Quality Department to oversee construction efforts.

District Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering's Design-Build team is driving clients to turn to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects.  Through our integrated design and construction approach, our multi-disciplinary team works together to improve schedule, control costs and minimize risk.  Our construction-focused engineers work collaboratively with our estimators and builders to design solutions that are innovative, constructible, and designed with a focus on safety.   Clients benefit from the proven processes and tools used by Kiewit to minimize project risk. We are an in-house resource that supports projects throughout the company. Our staff shares experiences gained, innovative concepts, and best practices for all projects that we support.

Kiewit’s management and implementation of this process leads to safe, cost effective, and innovative designs that exceeds client expectations and furthers Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.

On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. We will train you, develop your skills, and allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success.


This position is based out of our Lone Tree, CO office.


•    Working on preliminary engineering designs and EPC/design-build pursuits and projects; developing design recommendations and producing design deliverables; serving as geotechnical lead and engineer of record with responsibility for design recommendations and deliverables. 
•    Ensuring designs are completed with consistent application of design standards, technical approaches, and in accordance with the design quality management program. 
•    Providing Subject Matter Expert (SME) services as part of interdisciplinary pursuit teams working to develop innovative and cost-effective bid phase designs, identify key geotechnical design risks, and develop plans to mitigate those risks.
•    Coordinating with the Design and Project Management Team to ensure on-time and on-budget project delivery. 
•    Leading the exploration of alternate designs or new technologies to challenge the status quo and provoke exploration of new or innovative design solutions. 
•    Collaborating with staff and the Engineering Project Management Team to develop work scopes and labor estimates.
•    Interfacing with Clients, Construction Personnel, Subconsultants, and Regulatory Agencies.  
•    Fostering an environment that emphasizes collaboration and coordination; providing feedback and encouraging learning to create growth opportunities; mentoring team members.
•    Leading by example with respect to safety, quality, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.


•    Minimum 15 years of progressive geotechnical design experience, with a strong focus on dam, hydropower, pumped storage, and water resources projects.
•    Professional engineering registration, required.
•    Master's degree, or equivalent experience, in Geotechnical Engineering or closely related field, required. 
•    EPC/design-build and discipline management experience, preferred.
•    Demonstrated broad technical knowledge of geotechnical engineering and technical solutions to geotechnical issues associated with the rehabilitation of existing and design and construction of new dam, levee, and other water resources projects, including ability to develop and evaluate innovative and cost-effective design solutions to problems and challenges.
•    Dam-focused experience including: subsurface exploration and characterization, borrow source characterization, seepage and stability analyses (static and seismic), settlement and deformation analyses, liquefaction assessments, filter zone and drain design, foundation treatment and seepage cutoff, etc.
•    Knowledge of state/provincial and federal/National dam and levee guidance and regulations, including USACE design standards, US Bureau of Reclamation design standards, FERC guidelines, CDA guidance documents, etc.
•    Previously approved by the FERC to be the on-site lead for geotechnical investigations, preferred.
•    Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills, with a focus on interdisciplinary design coordination and working in team environments. 
•    Strong interpersonal skills resulting in exceptional rapport with people.  Proven success working in a multi-disciplinary environment and directing the work of other technical staff.
•    This position requires travel to project offices and work sites. Ability to travel based on business needs and requirements, including the physical ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environmental conditions.


Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
•    May work at various different locations and conditions may vary


Base Compensation: $160,000 - $220,000

(Actual compensation is subject to variation due to such factors as education, experience, skillset, and/or location)

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: Denver

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