Geotechnical Staff Engineer

Job Locations US-WI-Appleton | US-WI-Middleton
ID 2023-4601
Geotechnical Engineering
Position Type


Geotechnical Staff Engineer

Westwood Professional Services, Inc.


Westwood Professional Services, Inc. is seeking aGeotechnical Staff Engineer to join our team in our Appleton or Madison, WI office. The successful job applicant will be part of a dynamic geotechnical engineering team and will assist senior geotechnical staff with project work involving various aspects of geotechnical engineering related to commercial, public infrastructure, renewable energy, and other power-related projects. Work elements may involve some or all the following: geotechnical investigation field work and in-situ testing, laboratory testing coordination, laboratory test review and reporting, geotechnical analysis and design, report preparation, and construction monitoring/observation. Westwood has a highly experienced and dynamic team of individuals dedicated to providing high-level professional services to our clients. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in geotechnical site investigations, coordination with drilling subcontractor, assignment and assessment of geotechnical laboratory tests, preparation of investigation reports, and application of site data to analyses and design.
  • Review and report laboratory test results. Assist with laboratory test development, process improvements, and supervision of laboratory activities.
  • Interpret and analyze geotechnical data to establish type, classification and engineering characteristics of materials. Complete or assist with geotechnical engineering analyses including, but not limited to, seepage, slope stability, bearing capacity, rotational stiffness, liquefaction, and settlement analyses.
  • Keep management advised of work status, workload, problems and progress as related to work assignments.
  • Participate in preparation of proposals, bid documents and capital cost estimates, construction drawings and design reports.

Required Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in civil/geotechnical engineering from an ABET accredited college.


  • Knowledge of geotechnical engineering fundamentals, geotechnical testing, and general civil/geotechnical engineering design and construction practices.
  • Strong technical, communication and interpersonal skills and works best in a fast-paced environment. Along with detailed documentation focus and sound technical writing skills.
  • Flexibility to travel/work in the field for extended periods and have the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and various terrains associated with construction projects.
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail and check the quality of own work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing in English.
  • Ability to use sound judgment.
  • Ability to manage time and workload effectively, which includes planning, organizing and prioritizing with attention to details.


Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in MS Office, familiarity with slope stability software (GeoStudio or WinSTABL), pile design software (LPile, Driven, and GRLweap), and other geotechnical software a plus. Knowledge of MathCAD and AutoCAD Civil3D would also be an asset.

For Preferred Consideration

  • EIT/FE certification or the ability to obtain certification within one year is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in learning about construction materials testing and engineering – specifically in the areas of aggregates, Portland cement concrete mixes, and hot mix asphalt mixes.

About Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood)

Westwood Professional Services Inc. (Westwood) was established in 1972 and has since become a leader in many of the markets it serves. Westwood is a full-service, multidiscipline professional engineering firm and serves wind, solar, power delivery, residential and commercial development, and public infrastructure clients and their projects from multiple offices across the U.S.


In 2021, Zweig Group ranked Westwood nationally at # 4 and #21 respectively on its Hot Firms and Best Firms to Work for lists. Zweig also awarded Westwood two national 2nd place awards for Marketing Excellence. Westwood also ranked consistently higher four years in a row on the Engineering News Record (ENR) list as a leading design firm in the country. The firm consistently ranks on industry top 25 lists and receives recognition for its involvement on award-wining projects nationwide.


Westwood provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diverse backgrounds strengthen our business. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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