Jun 01, 2021


  • Los Angeles Metro
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Full time Engineering Geotechnical Engineer

Job Description

Basic Function

Oversees technical staff and consultants performing geotechnical engineering design services related to rail and bus facilities.

Example Of Duties

  • Oversees and manages Metro geotechnical engineering activities for major rail and bus facilities to ensure compliance with Metro, federal, state and local regulatory requirements
  • Oversees and administers the design, procurement, construction, and installation of major bus and rail facilities
  • Oversees the management of consultant contracts for design, construction, or procurement of facilities and systems equipment
  • Negotiates consultant and equipment contracts, including contract changes; oversees change control process
  • Directs preparation of feasibility and trade-off studies, geotechnical engineering reports, and economic analyses
  • Administers and monitors work and contracts for compliance with budget, schedule, standards, and objectives
  • Interfaces with the various divisions of Metro
  • Plans budget and staffing needs and assists in preparing department and project budgets
  • Represents Metro before outside agencies
  • Prepares and presents reports to management, staff, the Board of Directors, community groups, and government officials
  • Facilitates resolution of design, construction, third party, and operations problems
  • Recommends design activity improvements for efficiency, compliance, and cost-effectiveness
  • Serves as chairperson for design reviews and other technical meetings
  • Participates in the preparation of contract front-end documents
  • Reviews consultants plans and specifications for technical adequacy and completeness
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all subordinate employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the EEO policies and programs of Metro are carried out

Requirements For Employment

  • Bachelor's degree - Civil Engineering or related field
  • 5 years of senior-level or lead experience as a geotechnical engineer or Project Manager on major transit or public works projects

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications (PQs) are used to identify relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) as determined by business necessity. These criteria are considered preferred qualifications and are not intended to serve as minimum requirements for the position. PQs will help support selection decisions throughout the recruitment. In addition, applicants who possess these PQs will not automatically be selected.

The Following Are The Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional certificates/licenses: State of California registration as a Geotechnical Engineer
  • Masters degree - Civil Engineering with a specialization in Geotechnical/Tunnel Engineering
  • Experience reviewing geotechnical engineering reports, plans, and specifications
  • Experience resolving geotechnical issues for major construction projects
  • Experience designing and constructing transportation related facilities such as tunnels, underground structures, or bridges


  • Theories, principles, and practices of applicable disciplines in civil, geotechnical, or environmental engineering, hazardous waste regulations, and environmental laws
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing environmental, engineering, equipment, construction standards, and rail transit operations
  • Project management and control practices
  • Principles of supervision


  • Plan, organize, and manage large-scale design and construction projects
  • Analyze situations, identify problems, and recommend solutions
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Manage projects from start-up to completion
  • Interact professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Supervise subordinate staff
  • Read analyze and interpret engineering plans and specifications for large-scale engineering projects
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Selection Procedure

Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Application Procedure

To apply, visit Metro's website at www.metro.net and complete an online Employment Application.

Computers are available to complete online Employment Applications at the following Metro location:

METRO Headquarters, Employment Office
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 922-6217 or persons with hearing or speech impairments can use California Relay Service 711 to contact Metro.

All completed online Employment Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. (JMC)

  • Open to the public and all Metro employees

This job bulletin is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform other related job duties.

Lacmta Benefits

  • Medical, Dental, Vision plans
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Holidays
  • Sick time
  • Vacation time
  • Pension plan
  • Social Security coverage
  • Transportation passes
  • Credit union
  • Tuition assistance
  • 457 Deferred Compensation
  • 401 (K) Thrift Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Healthcare Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Jury duty
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

We will consider candidates that require VISA transfer/sponsorship for this position.


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