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Schnabel Engineering Entry Level Civil Engineer - Dams in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania


Schnabel is an employee-owned, professional engineering and consulting firm that focuses on solving problems related to the earth and environment through specialization in geotechnical, geostructural, tunnel, and dam engineering. Schnabel’s high standards for quality, business ethics, and concern for the communities in which we live are a vital part of who we are. Schnabel is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm with 450+ employees in 25 offices throughout the United States.

Recognized by CE News as one of the Best Engineering Firms to Work for, Schnabel provides employees with a competitive benefits package including maternity leave, tuition reimbursement for continuing education, health, dental, life and disability insurance and a wellness program. As an employee-owned company, through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, Schnabel employees directly benefit from the success of our growing firm.

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 Chadds Ford, PA office is seeking to fill an entry level Staff Engineer in our dam engineering group. The candidate may have a background in water resources, geotechnical, or structural engineering. We are looking for a motivated candidate with attention to detail, a passion to continue to develop as a professional, and a desire to be part of a strong team. Our dam engineering projects provide an opportunity to be part of all facets of a project life cycle, from initial assessments and conceptual levels through final design and construction.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Apply professional principles, complex numerical models, and innovative solutions to real-world problems as part of a team of engineers and scientists while under the supervision of senior engineering personnel.

  • Prepare construction plans using CAD or Revit with input and guidance from senior engineers.

  • Perform hydraulic, geotechnical and/or structural analysis and design calculations for dams and hydraulic structures including spillways, dam outlet works, diversion and check structures, measurement flumes, and other various raw water infrastructure.

  • Ability to travel and work in the field is required, including assignments that may last several months away from the office.

  • Observe and log test borings.

  • Observe construction and perform materials testing.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Civil Engineering (or related) from an ABET accredited program with an emphasis in Hydraulics, Hydrology, or Water Resources Engineering; or Geotechnical Engineering; or Structural Engineering, and 0-2 years of related professional experience. Prior internship or professional work in related field is a plus.

  • Successful completion of the EIT or ability to obtain within 6 months.

  • Familiarity with HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, SITES, GeoStudio, MathCAD, AutoCAD, Revit and GIS software is a plus, but not required. These programs are used extensively, so a willingness to learn them is a must.

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

  • Positive attitude and self-motivation to grow professionally.

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

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)