Associate Geologist/Geological Engineer

At MWH, a part of Stantec, we believe growing a great engineering consulting, and construction services company happens from the inside out. We look for people who are drawn to use every talent they possess, plus imagination, determination, and a drive to do the extraordinary. We believe that building a great career is as important as Building a Better World.

The MWH / Stantec organization is driving the wet infrastructure sector globally, and we are world-leaders in results-oriented management, engineering, and construction services. The wet infrastructure sector that we serve encompasses a variety of water-related projects and programs ranging from dams, hydroelectric, tunnel and water resource projects, water supply, treatment and storage projects to coastal restoration and environmental services.

We are currently looking to add an Associate Geological Engineer / Engineering Geologist to the Geopractice Group in our Chicago office. If working on the most challenging water and natural resources projects around the world, building on your talents through a premier knowledge-sharing culture, and connecting across borders with some of the world’s top talent appeals to you, join us.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will work on challenging and diverse tasks for dams and hydroelectric projects, underground powerhouses, power and conveyance tunnels, navigation locks and water resource projects for a variety of domestic and international clients. The successful candidate will be working in conjunction with other engineers and geologists on multi-discipline teams to support project activities through the application of engineering and geologic principles and techniques. The successful candidate should be able to work independently and with small and large teams to apply critical thinking skills to solve technical issues and develop project-specific solutions. The position will require travel to project sites and will provide stimulating career growth opportunities.


  • Follow safe work practices and adhere to company guidelines for planning and executing work in a safe manner.
  • Work in conjunction with engineers and geologists to solve project challenges. Identify geological factors affecting engineering works.
  • Assist with feasibility studies by conducting research to assess challenges and develop solutions.
  • Conduct field inspections; observe and supervise field exploration and testing programs; and perform site characterizations and evaluate geologic hazards under the supervision of more senior engineers/geologists.
  • Determine geological and geotechnical criteria for the planning, design, and construction of dams, tunnels, caverns, foundations, slopes, and earth-retaining structures.
  • Assess subsurface conditions, including soil and rock properties, hydrogeologic, conditions, and geomechanical conditions including preparation of field maps, field logs, and other field documentation.
  • Evaluate field and laboratory test data and develop geotechnical and geological parameters for use in technical analyses.
  • Analyze earth structures, including foundations and earth-retention structures, support systems for surface and underground excavations.
  • Conduct numerical analysis using programs such as DIPS, UNWEDGE, SWEDGE, UDEC, FLAC, Plaxis, Phase2, SEEP/W and SLOPE/W under the supervision of others.
  • Develop familiarity with regulatory agency requirements, technical design standards, and industry standards and guidelines.
  • Prepare geotechnical data reports, geotechnical baseline reports, field reports, technical memoranda, computation packages, feasibility reports, design and evaluation reports, construction drawings, and specifications.
  • Provide field engineering support for projects during construction.
  • Provide basic support in marketing activities, supporting the development of scope, schedule and budget, preparation of proposal documents, and coordination with marketing support services under the supervision of others.
  • Participate in professional development and training activities.

Qualifications •Bachelor of Science (MS preferred) in Geology, Engineering Geology, Geological Engineering or Mining Engineering.

  • 0-2 years of related experience.
  • EIT strongly desired, on track towards Professional registration.
  • Working knowledge of the principles of geology and/or engineering geology, geological engineering, rock mechanics, seismology, and hydrogeology.
  • Experience with or exposure to geological mapping, subsurface exploration, geomechanical analysis, assessments of slopes, foundations, tunnels, shafts, and caverns.
  • Some exposure to or knowledge of numerical modeling and finite element analysis, seismic hazard assessments and analyses, and computer aided design drafting.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English. Proficiency in foreign languages a plus.
  • Sound organizational, technical, written, and oral communication skills with attention to detail.
  • Strong leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills.
  • Works well independently and is a team player.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint software. Additional Information MWH is an EEO employer – MWH considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, creed, color, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship or other basis in accordance with federal, state or local laws or regulations. Requisition Number 11447BR City Chicago State/Province Illinois Country United States Operations E&I East

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