Geotechnical Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Perth


Knight Piésold is a specialised international consulting firm offering engineering and environmental services in Mining, Environment, Hydropower, Water Resources, and Roads & Construction Services. We are proud of the longstanding relationships we have with our clients and delivery of exceptional services on a global scale.

Knight Piésold’s Perth office has a significant track-record regarding projects located in Australia, Asia, Africa and South America. With over 100 years of experience, we work on projects which are diverse both geographically and technically.


We are seeking applications for a Geotechnical Dams Engineer to join our Perth-based Dams Services Team.


  • Provide professional on and off-site geotechnical dams engineering support for domestic and international projects.
  • Prepare and manage proposal and tender documents to a high standard, as required.
  • Prepare technical reports and deliverables in a format and style that is professional, readily understood and satisfies the specific requirements of the project scope.
  • Demonstrate an ability to plan, organise and take responsibility for geotechnical site investigations and assessments.
  • Provide expertise, review and comment on complex civil and geotechnical aspects of dams and tailings projects, modelling, and reporting.
  • Ensure specifications, designs and analysis meet project requirements.

Other key areas of responsibility can include:

  • Embankment dam seepage and slope stability;
  • Risk assessments of earth and tailings dams, in accordance with ANCOLD and GISTM guidelines;
  • Dam safety inspections, audits, review and assessments in accordance with ANCOLD and ICOLD guidelines;
  • Design and construction supervision of earthworks related to tailings and water dams, heap leach pads, and foundation earthworks;
  • Design, surveillance, and audit of instrumentations and monitoring systems;
  • Interpretation of site investigation reports s and advanced in-situ testing;
  • Numerical modelling and analysis of earth structures;
  • Hydraulic design for dams and spillways;
  • Preparation of contract documents and drawings.


The successful candidates will ideally have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent tertiary qualification in Civil Engineering (post-graduate qualification in geotechnical or dams engineering will be highly regarded).
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant, applied experience in the dams consulting industry, with exposure to water or tailings dams, heap leach pads, or other mining waste dump projects.
  • Well- developed data interpretation and management skills, data analysis and data managements proficiency.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Advanced time management, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A willingness to work effectively as an integral part of a team.
  • Commitment to travel interstate and internationally as required.


  • Opportunity to contribute to innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects;
  • Generous performance bonus incentive programs;
  • Opportunity to deepen your expertise in a dynamic work environment, with on the job training, mentoring and coaching;
  • Subsidised gym memberships / fitness classes;
  • Professional and technical training and development opportunities;
  • Referral bonuses;
  • Professional memberships.

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