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Staff Engineer/Geologist at Schnabel Inc. in BLACKSBURG, Virginia

Posted in Engineering 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time





Job Description:

Schnabel is an employee-owned, professional consulting firm that focuses on solving problems related to the earth and environment through specialization in dam, water resource, geotechnical, geostructural, and tunnel engineering.  Schnabel’s high standards for quality, business ethics, and concern for the communities they live in and support, are a vital part of who they are and what they offer.  Founded in 1956, Schnabel has experienced tremendous success and growth through its dedication to excellence in client service, high quality, and value-added solutions.  Schnabel is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm and Top 10 Dams and Reservoirs Design Firm with 400 employees in 22 offices throughout the United States and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.


Recognized by CE News as one of the Best Engineering Firms to Work for, Schnabel provides employees with a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, life and disability. Engagement in Schnabel’s wellness program offers incentives for employees to pursue a healthy lifestyle, and the firm rewards employees through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan.


Job Description:


Are you looking for interesting and meaningful work, a fun and flexible atmosphere, and opportunities to learn, grow, and excel? If so, then welcome to Schnabel! We approach problems with creativity and innovation.  The Blacksburg, VA office of Schnabel Engineering is seeking a Staff Engineer or Staff Geologist to join our growing practice.  We are looking for a motivated candidate with an interest in developing both field and analytical skills, a passion to continue to develop as a professional, and a desire to be part of a strong team.


Job Responsibilities:



  • Plan and coordinate geotechnical and materials testing field work, including the use of GIS and GPS

  • Log soil test borings

  • Observe geotechnical-related construction and perform materials testing

  • Prepare field reports

  • Create basic plans and figures using AutoCAD and GIS

  • Assign, review, and perform limited laboratory tests

  • Perform calculations to support geotechnical designs

  • Provide support on preparation of geotechnical reports and proposals

Required Skills/Experience:



  • Bachelor's Degree in either:


    • Civil Engineering from an ABET-accredited program, or

    • Geology/Engineering Geology/Geological Engineering/Related Geological Science from an accredited program


  • Completion of geotechnical or geology focused undergraduate coursework

  • 0-2 years of professional experience

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Positive attitude

  • Ability to multi-task 

  • Strong work ethic and a desire for continual self-improvement

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

  • Willingness and ability to perform field work and travel, including assignments that may last several months away from the office 

  • Ability to lift 60 pounds and be physically able to negotiate construction sites, enter trenches, climb ladders and work outside

Desired Skills/Experience:



  • Prior internship or professional work in a related field (i.e. geotechnical engineering, construction, civil engineering, etc.)

  • EIT or GIT designation

Other Requirements:



  • Ability to pass a background check which may include criminal history, motor vehicle record and credit check

  • Ability to pass a pre-employment screening

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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