Civil/Geotechnical Engineer (Wind and Solar) - U.S.

Location US-CA-San Diego | US-TX-Austin | US-TX-Katy | US-CA-Oakland | US-OR-Portland | US-WA-Seattle | US-MA-Medford
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Position Type
Permanent employment

Local Unit & Position Description

Brief Team and Position Summary:

The Civil Geotechnical Engineer will act as a key member of the global civil engineering team, engaged in analysis, design review, construction observation, and analysis of structural failures of wind and solar energy systems. The engineer in this position will have a highly visible role and be involved in several wind and solar energy projects worldwide, and have a key role in setting geotechnical standards of practice in the renewable energy industry.


Tasks May Include: (Essential roles, responsibilities and activities a candidate may expect)

  • Review of design drawings and calculations for Wind and Solar Energy foundations support systems, to support project financing.
  • Development of geotechnical engineering analysis tools for soil-structure interaction, settlement, bearing capacity and other geotechnical aspects of foundation design analyses.
  • Evaluation of pre-market design concepts for Wind and Solar Energy support systems.
  • Evaluation and root cause analyses of Wind and Solar Energy geotechnical failures.
  • Observation and documentation of Wind and Solar Energy construction.

Position Qualifications

Requirements:  (Mandatory qualifications for this position)


  • BSc in Civil Engineer is required
  • MS in Geotechnical Engineering is required
  • 2 to 5 years of geotechnical engineering design including at least 2 years of design of electrical transmission, wind or solar energy structural systems.
  • P.E. or P.Eng. License (licensed as a P.E or P.Eng strongly preferred but ability to obtain the license within a 6-month period will also be considered).
  • Proficiency in IBC, ASCE 7, AISC, ACI, NBCC, EuroCode and other common structural design codes.
  • Proficiency in MathCad, LPile, slope stability and other common structural analysis programs.
  • Understanding of foundation systems for utility scale onshore wind turbines.
  • Understanding of common Solar PV foundation systems and geotechnical aspects of design.
  • Understanding of typical construction methods for Wind and Solar Energy.
  • Proven HSE mindset and demonstrated behavior-based safety mentality
  • Able to work independently, and make independent decisions when called for.
  • Able to work with a geographically diverse team, within North America and internationally.
  • Maintain a flexible schedule and be able to keep in contact with international offices.
  • 25 percent domestic travel (US and Canada), and must also be able to travel internationally.
  • Must be able to use common construction personal protective equipment, walk over uneven terrain, climb ladders.
  • Suitable MVR,
  • We conduct a pre-employment background check and drug screen.

Preferred Skills (Not Required): (what qualifications would be helpful?)

  • Geotechnical Engineer (G.E.) License.
  • Proficiency in Plaxis, FLAC, or other geotechnical finite element analyses
  • Prior research or design experience with reinforced concrete wind turbine foundations.
  • Prior research or design experience with of Solar PV structural support systems.
  • Second language, Spanish or other


Opportunities Beyond Business


DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work toward our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.   


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Company & Business Area Description

DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.


Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

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