We more than doubled our business in 2016 and are not seeing signs of things letting up. We have the backlog to hire 2 full-time engineers in the next couple of months, one at the entry level and another with a few years of experience and ready to really start building a practice. We’d love to hear from you if you’re a good fit for either of these positions. And if you already have the best job possible, then it would be great if you would spread the word around to your peers who might be interested in joining us. (And yes, this post is 1,200 words long. Feel free to skip ahead a bit.)
Atlas Geotechnical delivers superior foundation engineering solutions through an old-school approach to engineering and management. Goodness of fit with that basic commitment to rigor and tradition is our principal hiring criterion; working with Atlas is not a mundane engineering gig and is not a great fit for all engineers. If you’re unfamiliar with Atlas we suggest that you look around on this website, maybe Google up some of the senior engineers who you see on the Crew page, hit us up on Linkedin, and use the information you collect to make a careful decision about whether you think you’d enjoy the challenge of working on very heavy infrastructure foundations, on sea and land, all over the world.
Atlas runs a geographically dispersed staff that connects through technology. Our engineers and staff work from any location they prefer that has internet and decent access to an airport. Right now Atlas staff are working from Denver, Boise, Bend, and San Diego in addition to World HQ in beautiful Santa Cruz. Atlas is committed to mentoring and professional development, and to a certain extent that’s easier if you report to work in Santa Cruz. That’s not the only way to interact, though, and we find that the benefits of geographic flexibility greatly outweigh the few minor obstacles.
Because of our client base there are two requirements for these positions: Our work on military bases really does require these positions to be filled with those who hold US citizenship and who lack felony convictions. Future hires can be citizens of the world or can have a more colorful past, but right now our best client in the Pacific needs us to acquire military base passes without difficulty. Background checks, TSA pre-check, TWIC cards, etc. are a part of working at Atlas. In addition to those requirements, the positions come with these expectations:
- Capable of using borehole and CPT data to rapidly develop conventional constitutive models suitable for basic geotechnical engineering analyses.
- Perform, with minimal oversight, conventional closed-form geotechnical design computations for shallow foundation design, driven and drilled deep foundation designs, retaining walls and tied-back shoring design including tieback capacity computations, and the rest of the basic suite of analyses that geotechnical engineers use to solve problems. This is the textbook stuff. Some of you will recognize it as homework problems from your Master’s Degree classes.
- More importantly, be capable of collaborating with experienced engineers and specialty contractors to design unconventional foundation systems, cemented and vibratory ground improvement systems for liquefaction mitigation and bearing pressure improvement, jet-grouted secant pile cutoff walls, etc. A lot of this work considers cost and constructability aspects, which is more involved than the “conceptual design” scope that most Owner’s consultants complete.
- Read, interpret, understand, and execute analytical methods described in classic and new academic papers. When we compute liquefaction triggering, for instance, we use probabilistic methods and are capable of explaining concisely the difference from the classic EERI monograph. A surprising number of our projects involve learning a new computation method before using it to solve the problem.
- Travel to construction sites, support highly competent contractors who are building complicated, high-risk infrastructure, work safely, and learn important skills that you will apply to the designs described in the first few bullets. Right now Atlas engineers are working on a wharf project in Hilo, Hawaii and a dam modification in Gilboa NY. One of our senior engineers will be covering an HDD crossing under Pearl Harbor on Oahu. Sometimes we go to far-flung places like Majuro (new landfill) and Athabaska (petroleum storage tanks). Sometimes we go to mundane places like Concord and Oakland, and we learn cool stuff there too.
- Extra Credit Skill: Geotechnical earthquake engineering is a very important part of our practice. Familiarity with dynamic site response concepts and, to a lesser degree, numerical simulation methods, is a plus. Same with liquefaction triggering, lateral spread estimates, and pile deflection in spreading liquefied ground. Not every engineer has the opportunity to learn these skills, so this is not a job requirement. At the minimum, the successful candidate can expect to learn these skills in the course of normal project work. Engineers who fit in well at Atlas tend to have an innate enthusiasm for learning semi-advanced analytical methods.
- The Project Engineer position has the same expectations as for the Staff Engineer but with much more autonomy and less oversight.
- A Project Engineer is capable of framing a problem, identifying the necessary input data and computational techniques, and mentoring the Staff Engineers in the course of completing the work.
- Writing skills become more important at this stage of professional development. A commitment to clear, concise writing is required; we believe that effective writing requires practice and good oversight, and at the Project Engineer level these skills may still be in the early stages of development.
- New skills will include cost estimating, workflow management, and client cultivation.
To Apply –
If these opportunities sound interesting to you, PDF a cover letter to your briefest resume and send it to the email address below. Be aware that we are much more interested in how you introduce yourself through your cover letter than in your resume. We strongly encourage you to spend one paragraph of your letter explaining how your (ever-evolving) professional goals align with Atlas Geotechnical’s geographic reach and technical depth. We will try to start a conversation about engineering, professional development, and practice management. It’s pretty likely that an introduction through this job posting would turn into an opportunity for one or both of us over time.
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