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Intermediate Geotechnical Engineer

Date: Feb 11, 2019

Location: Vancouver, BC, CA

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 16006 

Job Category: Engineering 


With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we understand that challenges are changing rapidly in every industry. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff with experience in over 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.


Intermediate Geotechnical Engineer for Hatch’s Vancouver Office


We understand that our client’s needs are changing rapidly, and we respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We are a global organization and strive to bring the best minds together to support our clients most difficult challenges.


We are currently seeking a talented Intermediate Geotechnical Engineer to become part of our expanding Geotechnical Discipline in our Vancouver Office.  This is an intermediate position for which your focus will be support to and executing challenging projects and ensuring technical excellence within the existing team.  You will require a strong technical background in Geotechnical Engineering for dams, spillways, and hydropower structures, in addition to Mining/Industrial projects, with a focus on seismic soil analysis and design in western Canada.  Exceptional writing and interpersonal skills are essential.  Diverse experience will also be considered an asset. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Engineering support to geotechnical projects from concept to construction.  Projects will generally be concentrated within the water resources, Civil Infrastructure, and Mining/Industrial sectors.
  • Undertaking geotechnical engineering analyses and designs including: embankment dam designs; foundation designs for Civil Infrastructure and large Mining/Industrial projects, slope stability assessments; seismic design, liquefaction analysis, seepage and piping assessments; and soil improvement designs.
  • Preparing detailed technical reports, drawings, specifications and correspondence.
  • Engaging client relationships.
  • Identifying key opportunities in the geotechnical field with a focus on the western Canadian region.
  • Writing proposals for Engineering Services Requests.
  • Mentorship and development of junior engineers, designers and technicians.
  • Undertaking technical reviews of documents and technical drawings prepared by the team.


    Qualifications and Experience:


  • Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering (with a specialization in Geotechnical Engineering) or Geological Engineering.
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia.  
  • 5 to 8 years post-graduation Geotechnical engineering experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in geotechnical site investigation and design, site characterization, soft soil engineering, foundation assessments and recommendations, seismic assessment and liquefaction analysis, seepage and piping assessment, and construction support from tendering to inspections.
  • Proven experience in the types of analyses and design processes required by the Canadian Dam Association Dam Safety Guidelines and Practice Bulletins.
  • Leadership skills with a proven aptitude to mentor and develop junior engineers, designers and technicians.
  • Team focused with excellent interpersonal skills and understanding of multidisciplinary projects.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills.
  • Good working knowledge of specialized Geotechnical software and modeling tools (Geostudio Suite, RocScience Suite, gInt, LPILE, Plaxis, etc).
  • Ability to travel within Canada and Internationally on short term assignments as required.


    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in the Water Resources, Flood Control, and Civil Infrastructure. Flood Protection and/or Hydropower sectors including proven project experience in design of foundations, earthfill embankment and water retaining structures, temporary shafts, support systems for temporary excavations, open cut excavations, general earth works and design of temporary/permanent dewatering systems. 
  • Previous consulting engineering experience.
  • Post graduate education (M.Sc., M.Eng. or equivalent).
  • Ability to travel within Canada and Internationally on long term assignments.



We are committed to fostering a workforce in each of our locations that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other protected status. If you have any special needs requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation. 

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