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About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental, and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists... builders, analysts, and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative-action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

HDR is seeking a Geotechnical Engineer to support our expanding geotechnical section within our KY TN AR area. The primary duties of the Geotechnical Engineer are to:
• Develop geotechnical engineering designs, sketches, plans, specifications, and estimates for flood walls, levees, bank protection, and pumping station projects
• Review design and construction submittals for geotechnical compliance with applicable codes, design standards, project requirements, and contract documents
• Conduct slope stability, soil analysis, and other geotechnical engineering studies
• Communication with both internal and external clients
• Perform geotechnical technical analyses, prepare proposals and reports, and coordinate with designers and contractors to implement recommendations on plans and in the field
• Engaged in supporting the development of the technical scope of works and fee proposals
• Responses to RFPs related to geotechnical services
• Make decisions on significant design and engineering procedures as needed
• Function as Technical Specialist or Project Manager on mid-size projects as needed
• Supervise a small staff of professionals and technicians as needed
• Perform other duties as needed

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in Civil or Structural Engineering (or a related field)
• Minimum 5 years experience
• PE or ability to obtain within 12 months; those without their PE will have an EIT title
• Demonstrated leadership and communication skills
• Ability to prepare complete, concise and organized engineering calculations and reports
• Knowledge of relevant structural design methods, codes, and standards
• Willingness to travel and assist with hydraulic structures inspection. Potential for becoming rope access trained, confined space entry, OSHA, or other safety training for inspections. (Travel is expected to not exceed more than 30% of the time)
• Good verbal and written communication skills
• An attitude and commitment to being an active participant in our employee-owned culture

Preferred Qualifications:
• MSCE preferred
• Geotechnical Engineering experience on dams, levees, hydraulic Structures, railroad, and transportation infrastructure
• Have knowledge of today's technical standards, USACA, LRFD
• A registered professional geotechnical engineer with active participation in related professional societies (ASCE, USSD, ASDSO)
• Proficient in geotechnical software including gINT, Slope/W, Seep /W, APILE, LPILE, GRLWeap, Settle3D (or other settlement software)
• The ability to develop and execute designs using spreadsheets and MATHCAD
• Preference is given to local candidates


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Primary Location:

United States-Kentucky-Lexington

Other Locations:

United States-Kentucky-Louisville, United States-Tennessee-Memphis, United States-Kentucky-Paducah, United States-Tennessee-Chattanooga, United States-Tennessee-Nashville





Employee Status:



Dams Levees Civil Works

Job Posting:

May 24, 2024

At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity. We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer (https://www.hdrinc.com/equal-employment-opportunity-employer). We consider all qualified applicants, regardless of criminal histories, arrest and conviction records
Paducah KY United States


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