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CDM Smith Tunnel Engineer 5 in Boston, Massachusetts


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Job Description:

At CDM Smith, we make the world a better place. We design facilities that provide clean drinking water for communities throughout the world. We design facilities that treat wastewater and improve the quality of water in our lakes, rivers and harbors. We help major cities plan and implement transit projects. As a full-time Geotechnical/Tunnel Engineer you will have the opportunity to become a part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team of technical experts working on challenging projects in Environment, Industry, Transportation, and Water.

The successful candidate will have experience working on large civil engineering projects in the water and transportation market sectors as well as strong background and experience in tunnel and underground engineering and construction. As a member of our Infrastructure Services Group you would contribute to CDM Smith's mission by:

  • Functioning as a technical specialist competent in design and construction works for tunnels, shafts, and underground engineering, and excavation support systems, in various types of ground conditions.

  • Serving as a senior engineer, project discipline lead, or task manager on projects involving tunneling and underground construction on complex civil engineering projects.

  • Guide the team or package for design analysis, reports and drawings for civil and underground works

  • Involvement in model and drawing production and interfaces between key elements above and below ground- Coordinating and reviewing the work of a staff of engineers.

  • Overseeing the planning and execution of complex subsurface investigations including field and laboratory services for projects of this type.

  • Performing engineering and soil-structure analyses and evaluations for seismic studies, dewatering, excavation support, shallow/deep foundations, pipelines, tunneling/micro-tunneling/pipe jacking, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for water, roadway and transit projects.

  • Writing engineering reports including Geotechnical Data and Geotechnical Baseline Reports and preparing plans and specifications for large civil engineering works.

  • Providing services during construction on projects involving support of excavations, deep shafts, pipelines, and tunnels.

  • Preparing scope, schedules and budgets for proposals.

  • Managing projects, subcontractors, and geotechnical and structural staff on multi-disciplined projects and working within a multi-disciplined team environment.

  • Acting as a mentor for junior level employees.


Job Title:

Tunnel Engineer 5



Certification/License Requirements:

Professional Engineer

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Minimum Qualifications:

-Bachelor's degree in Geotechnical, Civil, Mining or Geologic Engineering or related discipline.

-Professional engineering (PE) license.

-7 years of related experience.

-Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

-Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Tunnel Engineering or Engineering Geology/Mining Engineering.

  • Experience in all types of subsurface explorations, laboratory testing, foundation engineering, analysis, engineering report writing, preparation of contract documents.

  • Experienced in using soil-structure interaction software such as Plaxis 2D and 3D, FLAC, RS2, DeepEX, and similar,

Experience with design of lining for underground structures and familiarity with applicable design codes.

  • Experience with large civil engineering projects for tunnels and underground infrastructure.

  • Experience with water, wastewater conveyance, or transportation projects with federal, state, county and municipal agencies is preferred.

  • Experience with staff management, project management and business development are a plus.

  • (5) years of working experience in design for pipe jacking, micro tunneling, underground works, or tunneling in both rock and soft ground conditions

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

Massachusetts - Boston

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

Advanced knowledge of computer aided design and drafting (CADD) 3D and structural and geotechnical engineering practices. Excellent knowledge of engineering principles. Expert knowledge of Microsoft business software (Excel, Word, etc.). Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Strong knowledge of engineering drawing and specification development for underground engineering projects. Strong knowledge of multiple numerical engineering analysis/design software (e.g., Revit, STAAD, RISA, Plaxis, FLAC, DeepEx, and other similar programs).

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Hybrid Work Options may be considered for successful candidate.