Geotechnical Design Engineer

Company Info
Oregon Department of Transportation
OR, United States

Web Site:

Company Profile


Geotechnical Design Engineer


Roseburg, OR 



Job ID:


Job Description:

Professional Engineer 1 – Geotechnical Design Engineer
Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery & Operations Division – Region 3
Technical Center – Geology/Hydrology Unit

The role:  
Apply today to be a geotechnical design engineer! In this role, you will perform geotechnical engineering design for routine to complex transportation projects. You will also review, critique and recommend changes to consultant’s work to ensure it’s consistent with ODOT standards. This position is crucial for project development, construction and maintenance.
We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions and hope you will join us on our path to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an agency that embraces social equity through our values, strategic planning, and actions. Leaning into our equity priorities means we continually examine what we do, the impact we have, and our progress toward weaving social equity into who we are. To learn more about our social equity commitments, visit our Social Equity website
A day in the life:
  • Provide conceptual and final geotechnical design recommendations and related cost estimates for the most appropriate economic foundation and geotechnical solution.
  • Provide engineering requirements and needs for the subsurface exploration program and coordinate the execution of the program with geologists and exploration specialists.
  • Determine the most appropriate laboratory and testing programs for soil and rock samples.
  • Evaluate geotechnical design alternatives.
  • Perform geotechnical engineering for routine to complex projects involving roadway and structure designs such as multi span bridges in high seismic risk zones, landslide stabilization, embankment fills on compressible, weak subsurface soils and soil and rock cut slopes.
  • Prepare technical reports that include final foundation/geotechnical design recommendations and unique contract specifications/special provisions.
  • Perform complete review and engineering services to construction personnel for foundation and geotechnical design.
  • Recommend acceptance, rejection or modifications of contractor designs and submittals.
  • Assist with providing consulting geotechnical engineering services to maintenance personnel for urgent and emergency projects such as landslide, rock fall and scour issues.
  • Review staff and consultant provided routine geotechnical engineering work and provide input during the initial scoping phase of Region 3 projects.
  • Support the manager in planning and developing unit goals and budgets.
  • Work is performed in an office environment and outdoors at least 30% of the time in coastal and river environments, on unstable slopes, around construction sites near traffic and heavy equipment and around hazardous materials.
  • Work may require occasional overnight travel and responding to emergencies at any hour.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email
What’s in it for you:
  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits packages and so much more. Click here to learn about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation.
  • Live, work and play in Roseburg, Oregon!
What we need:
A valid professional engineer's (PE) license in civil, structural, or transportation-related engineering.
Note: If registered in another state, successful applicants will be required to obtain comity within six months of hire.
Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.
What we’d like to see:
If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!
Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position.  
  • Experience working in a team oriented environment.
  • Technical writing skills.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in geotechnical analysis and design.
  • Experience with landslide or rock fall remediation.
Learn more and apply:
Our first application screening is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying. 
Please note that we can only accept applications through our website.
Questions? Call 503-910-6372 or email
ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer