Geomechanical Engineer
Rapid City, SD
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RESPEC is a professional consulting and services company that specializes in applying engineering principles and innovative technologies to solve our clients’ most challenging problems. RESPEC is actively seeking a motivated and talented professional for an entry-level geomechanical engineer position in our Geomechanics group located at our Rapid City, South Dakota, office.

This entry-level position provides an unparalleled opportunity for professional growth with an internationally renowned engineering team for a motivated self-learner who is eager to meet the challenges. Geomechanical engineers work with and learn from experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve real-world engineering problems that our clients face across the globe. Our employee-focused culture will provide you the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals.

This position requires a fundamental understanding of engineering principles and business practices to successfully perform geotechnical evaluations, which will include structural, hydrogeological, and thermal analyses of underground excavations. The geomechanical engineer will be responsible for executing projects within an allotted schedule and budget under the guidance and direct supervision of senior-level engineering staff. Projects will vary in size, duration, and complexity, and will require flexibility and adaptability to meet the unique requirements of each client. Our projects often encompass a diverse spectrum of engineering disciplines and require a broad skill set and an eagerness to learn, which provide immense opportunity for personal growth and professional development. The geomechanical engineer will also be responsible for producing professional, high-quality, technical documentation as deliverable work products for our clients. The breadth and complexity of the projects require using computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools and high-performance computing (HPC) systems for extensive numerical simulations. Successfully completing project work will require strong technical aptitude, well-developed interpersonal communication skills, familiarity with modern engineering software programs, and the willingness to seek guidance when appropriate.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor of science degree in mechanical, civil, geological/geotechnical, or mining engineering with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) institution. The candidate must obtain their bachelor’s degree no later than May 2019 and have between 0 and 5 years of engineering experience. The candidate must have proven interpersonal skills and excellent technical communication skills (both written and oral) and be fluent in English. The candidate must have base-level knowledge in finite element analysis, numerical modeling, and solid mechanics as well as a working knowledge in modern software programs for professional office activities (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet calculations, and email). Additional preferred qualifications include the following:

/ Master of science degree in an applicable engineering discipline

/ Experience in well log interpretation

/ Knowledge of mechanical behavior of geological materials

/ Experience in materials testing and constitutive model development

/ Experience in computer programming with C/C++, FORTRAN, Python, or another language

/ Base-level knowledge of CAE software programs for engineering applications

/ Numerical modeling with Abaqus, Ansys, or FLAC3D

/ Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and/or Engineer in Training (EIT) certification.

Compensation: Salary depends on experience and expertise. Compensation includes a comprehensive fringe-benefits package that consists of medical, vision, dental, holidays, paid leave, 401(k) Plan, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), continuing education, and professional societies. RESPEC is a 100% employee-owned company and employees are eligible to participate in the ESOP after a qualifying period.

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RESPEC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information or Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.