Staff Geotechnical Engineer / Geologist

Phoenix, AZ /
West – Geotechnical Department /

Minimum Required Experience

    • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Geology or related field, M.S. in geotechnical engineering a plus
    • E.I.T. registration
    • Working knowledge of the the principles of soil mechanics, foundation design, and slope stability

Additional Requirements

    • Current driver’s license without restrictions
    • Acceptable 39-month driving record
    • If driving his/her own vehicle, a certificate of current vehicle insurance evidencing minimum statutory requirements
    • Must be able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw conclusions
    • Must be able to apply mathematical concepts to practical situations
    • Must have a working knowledge of basic computer programs used in design such as Word, Excel
    • Knowledge of Autocad a plus
    • Must be able to work a wide variety of hours from early mornings to late afternoons
    • Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions
    • Must be able to walk and/or stand for extended periods of time and work on uneven, unstable terrain
    • Must be able to recognize and respond quickly to sounds on the jobsite
    • Must be able to recognize and respond to situations that arise on the jobsite
    • Must be capable of remaining upright and alert while on the job

Job Responsibilities

    • Consistently shows up for work as scheduled
    • Initially trains under higher-level geotechnical engineers until able to perform engineering and materials testing tasks without assistance and supervision
    • Drives to project locations
    • Serves as onsite project representative
    • Assists project manager(s) with client communications
    • Assists in the analysis of engineering reports and data
    • Authors draft reports for review by supervisor
    • Manages/directs drilling and sampling activities including logging boring holes
    • Assigns and tracks progress of lab testing
    • Inputs field and lab data into computer program
    • Prepares design calculations and cost estimates
    • Assists in the preparation and modification of reports by others
    • Promptly notifies supervisor, project manager(s) of problems or changes that arise on projects
    • Answers calls from supervisor, project manager(s) as soon as can reasonably be expected and, if unable to answer immediately, returns calls at first opportunity
    • Completes tasks and submits completed paperwork within appropriate time frame
    • Helps mentor Level I Staff Engineers
    • Adheres to established safety procedures
    • Performs other tasks as necessary

Communication Skills

    • Must be fluent in English
    • Must be able to interpret technical procedures and governmental regulations
    • Written – Handwriting must be legible; must be able to compose correspondence and prepare detailed reports of work activities completely and accurately
    • Must be able to effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers and clients

Personal Skills

    • Attitude – Presents a professional demeanor to supervisors, co-workers, and clients; demonstrates a predisposition for working as a part of a team; demonstrates an interest in the work, works well with others
    • Willingness – Receives and follows through with instructions; completes assigned tasks with diligence and without complaint
    • Efficiency – Work is typically done correctly the first time, speed should be improving
    • Initiative – Once assigned tasks have been completed has found other tasks that need to be accomplished or has requested instructions from supervisors.
About UES

UES is a national leader in Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing and Inspection, Building Code Compliance, Environmental Consulting, Occupational Health & Safety, Virtual Design Consulting, and Building Envelope. With over 3,400 team members across 70+ branches in the United States, UES provides essential engineering services to some of the most prominent and significant projects in the country. As the #1 fastest growing AEC firm on The Zweig Group’s Hot Firm list in 2021 and 2022, UES is poised to lead our industry into the future.

Our Team Members

Our team members bring unique skill sets, licenses and certifications, and experience to our firm, which diversifies our team and allows us to provide a wide variety of services uniquely grounded in excellence. Our team STRIVES to uphold our core values of safety, teamwork, responsiveness, integrity, value, and excellence to ensure we meet client expectations, support our communities, and build a strong, reliable team. Our UES team members are kind, passionate, and driven, which creates collaborative workspaces and a sense of camaraderie among our team members. At UES, we are eager to hire, teach, and train the next generation of industry leaders and learn from the expertise of each team member who walks through our doors. To learn more about UES, visit

Our Benefits

We understand that our team members are the glue that holds our business together. We value the individual contributions of each person, and we show this by offering comprehensive benefits, including medical insurance options, PTO, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and so much more. If you have additional questions about our benefits, please contact our Recruitment team at

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