Carrier Opportunity

Senior Civil (Geotechnical) Engineer

  • Name of Company: City of Seattle
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Job Number: 2021-00176
  • Closing:3/16/2021 4:00 PM Pacific
  • Job Description:
  • Position Description

    Are you a geotechnical engineer with shoring or seismic expertise who would like to work on technical and policy issues that guide development in the City of Seattle? We have two rare opportunities to join the Geotechnical Engineering review group at the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) as a Senior Civil (Geotechnical) Engineer. This is a full-time position primarily responsible for determining whether geotechnical engineering features of construction plans comply with applicable codes and professional standards of practice. For one of the two positions, we hope to find someone with seismic expertise who can help us with implementation of the geotechnical seismic aspects of ASCE 7-16 and future codes. For the second of two positions, we hope to find a geotechnical engineer with extensive experience in shoring, deep foundations, or numerical modeling.

    Our work environment is fast paced with a lot of variety—on any given day, you may be reviewing a 90-ft deep excavation, checking ground improvement design for a liquefiable site, coaching a homeowner on the permit path for a backyard cottage in an environmentally critical area, or following up with a special inspector on excessive shoring movements at a construction site. We have a cohesive and supportive workgroup that finds work-life balance

    Job Responsibilities
    In this position you will:
    • Review construction and land use applications and geotechnical design reports for compliance with the ECA code, Grading code, and Seattle Building code.
    • Prepare plan review comments in the form of written correction notices. Typical technical review issues include slope stability, foundation and shoring requirements, seismic design, and protection of adjacent properties. Coordinate reviews with the Seattle Dept. of Transportation and other City departments, as necessary.
    • Assist the group supervisor in code interpretation and developing policy for geotechnical design and earthquake engineering issues.
    • Provide on-call coaching, permit facilitation, and design and construction guidance to applicants and Applicant Services Center staff on geotechnical issues associated with potential projects.
    • Evaluate geotechnical special inspection reports and final letters; work with inspectors to resolve construction issues.
    • Provide technical support (including occasional field visits) to SDCI's Code Compliance group and the Seattle Law Department for enforcement cases.
    • Testify on geotechnical issues for projects that are referred to the Hearing Examiner.
    • Provide technical information at home fairs, professional organizations, and community groups.
    Your effectiveness in this role will depend on your:
    • Ability to quickly evaluate plans and provide technical design guidance to customers during on-call or pre-submittal coaching
    • Clear written and oral communication skills for explaining technical and code-related issues to the public and design professionals
    • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with multiple responsibilities and substantial contact with the public and design professionals.
    • Ability to be flexible in applying codes and engineering judgment.
    • Interest in reading technical papers in new subject areas to help determine review policy.
    Qualifications
    Required Qualifications:
    • Five years of increasingly responsible experience in geotechnical engineering
    • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, preferably with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering (or a combination of education, training, or experience that provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class)
    Desired Qualifications:
    • Master of Science degree in geotechnical engineering
    • Geotechnical design and construction experience in a wide range of project types
    • For one of two positions, experience with site-response analyses using DEEPSOIL, FLAC, or other programs
    License, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
    • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. For out of state applicants who may not yet have a Washington PE, you must be a licensed PE or GE in another state and apply for reciprocity if you are the successful candidate.
    Additional Information

    The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is a proud participant in the Race and Social Justice Initiative, a citywide effort to realize the vision of racial equity.

    We require a strong commitment to customer service and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences; people of color, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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