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Experienced Geotechnical Engineer - Midwest

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Wiss-Janney-Elstner and Assoc
Physical Address
Northbrook, IL 60062
Job Description


Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) Northbrook, IL is seeking to grow its team with an experienced Geotechnical Engineer for the Midwest. The ideal candidate is a well-rounded engineer with a professional network in the Chicagoland area, who is able to tackle complex geotechnical/geological assignments. In this role, you’ll build business, lead teams, and manage projects. You’ll also contribute to company-wide objectives through mentoring, participation in office and company development initiatives, involvement in WJE’s Technical Resource Groups (TRGs), and business development.

WJE is a global firm of engineers, architects, and materials scientists committed to helping solve, repair, and avoid problems in the built world. Since 1956, our applied experience from more than 125,000 projects and our state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities have made WJE a leader in providing innovative yet practical solutions to the clients we serve.


  • Manage projects, including developing project scope, assembling and managing appropriate project teams, maintaining project schedules and budgets, and managing client expectations and deliverables
  • Develop client relationships, including attracting new and repeat business
  • Analyze research and investigation data and develop alternative solutions for solving problems
  • Conduct on-site inspection/investigation including survey and documentation of distress
  • Hold leadership roles in professional organizations, author papers, attend conferences, and perform work on technical committees


  • Advanced degree (MS or higher) in geotechnical and/or geological engineering studies with 10+ years of related experience, primarily in the Chicagoland or upper Midwest area
  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer in one or more Midwestern state
  • Licensure as a Geotechnical Engineer in one or more Midwestern state strongly preferred
  • Experience with settlement analyses for buildings and structures, as well as ground improvement methods inclusive of underpinning and other remedial measures for distressed structures
  • Working knowledge of bridge foundations, earth shoring systems (including sheet piles), and analysis of embankments on soft ground
  • Expertise in foundation design and performance for typical soft soil Chicago area profiles, including deep foundations
  • Tunneling experience is a welcome enhancement
  • Exposure to litigation and insurance claim cases
  • Strong technical, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical ability and fluency in one or more geotechnical analysis computer programs, such as LPile, SLIDE, MATLAB and Mathcad
  • Willingness to work in the field and travel outside the local area, depending on workload and project locations

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, voice mail systems, and other office and field equipment. Requirements may also include:

  • Ability to attend meetings at various office, field, and construction sites
  • Ability to perform observations of exploratory pits and soil sampling
  • Ability to take measurements of piezometers, inclinometers, etc.
  • Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to perform in the temperature extremes presented by work in the outdoors
  • Ability to read geotechnical reports, geological maps, construction drawings, printed materials, and computer screens
  • Ability to record data clearly and write passages for reports, letters, etc.
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to safely work in excavations and at heights
  • Ability to safely use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts, and other access equipment
  • Ability to understand and appreciate safety training specific to numerous workplace and construction hazards
  • Ability to safely work in a variety of occupationally hazardous locations
  • Medically fit to utilize respiratory protection devices and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ability to drive and safely operate a motor vehicle




Client Relations


Project Management






Business Development


Technical Writing




Business Writing


Interpersonal Skills


Analytical Ability


Effective Communication




Leader Inspires teammates to follow them

Team Player Works well as a member of a group

Functional Expert Considered a thought leader on a subject

Enthusiastic Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest

Detail Oriented Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

Dedicated Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity



Growth Opportunities Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility

Self-Starter Inspired to perform without outside help

Goal Completion Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Entrepreneurial Spirit Inspired to perform well by an ability to drive new ventures within the business

Ability to Make an Impact Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization



Bachelors or better.


Masters or better.

Licenses & Certifications


Professional Geologist

Professional Engineer

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or © consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35©

WJE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite all qualified applicants to apply including individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, and protected veterans (VEVRAA federal contractor). WJE will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Fair Chance Ordinances.

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