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BARR Geotechnical Engineer - Entry Level (Numerical Modeling Focused) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Geotechnical Engineer - Entry Level (Numerical Modeling Focused)

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Description of Company

Barr is a consulting company that integrates engineering and environmental expertise to help clients develop, manage, process, and restore natural resources across North America and around the world. We have been employee owned since 1966 and trace our origins to the early 1900s. Today, we have more than 900 employees across the U.S and Canada who work with clients in the mining, power, fuels, public, and manufacturing sectors, as well as attorneys, developers, and others with complex challenges.

Why Choose Barr?

If you are looking for an employee-owned company that fosters a collaborative environment, focuses on providing exceptional client service, offers the opportunity to work on challenging projects, and makes employee safety a top priority, Barr is the place for you. In addition to a highly competitive benefits package, we offer mentor and coaching programs to help our employees develop and grow their careers, along with opportunities for volunteering and community involvement.


The person in this position will work on geotechnical and geostructural engineering projects. Responsibilities will include conducting slope stability, seepage, bearing capacity, and settlement analyses; designing earth-retaining structures and dams; performing rock engineering and non-traditional geomechanical analyses; and managing projects. This person will also perform advanced geotechnical analysis and design through numerical modeling and may provide quality reviews, prepare plans and specifications, and write reports. In addition, they will complete fieldwork such as subsurface investigations, in-situ testing, construction observation, and facility inspections. This position requires travel to out-of-town assignments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering or related

  • Strong technical skills in a range of geotechnical analysis and design applications

  • Solid theoretical background in soil-structure interaction, saturated and unsaturated groundwater flow, soil and rock mechanics, computational mechanics

  • Understanding of the basis of finite element and finite difference analysis, including the use of linear and non-linear constitutive models

  • Geotechnical computer modeling capabilities

  • Knowledge of geotechnical modeling software, such as FLAC, FLAC3D, GeoStudio suite, Midas GTS NX, and Plaxis

  • Ability to perform critical evaluation of outputs for geotechnical analyses

  • Computer skills, including word processing and working with spreadsheets

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Willingness and ability to travel

  • Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to modify personal schedule as required to meet project deadlines and/or client needs

  • Acceptable driving record

  • Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering or related

  • Relevant internship or co-op experience

  • Experience with Matlab, UDEC, 3DEC, and PFC software

  • Proficiency in FISH (programming language for FLAC) and Python

  • Knowledge of common engineering programming languages, such as C++, Visual Basic, Fortran, etc.

  • Solid background in probability and statistics for engineering

  • Desire to work with a team of geotechnical engineers in modeling and mentor less experienced staff

  • Desire to perform business development and engage in client relationship-building

  • Background/experience working on mining and/or dam projects

NOTE: Applicants must be able to work in locations that feature rough terrain typical of construction sites and must be able to enter and work within facilities that include limited accessibility, moving machinery, and other conditions typical of industrial facilities. Position will require lifting or moving field testing equipment. Safety training will be provided prior to being given work assignments on these sites. Applicants will be asked to participate in a drug screening program at the request of clients.

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Barr Engineering Co.

4300 MarketPointe Drive

Suite 200

Minneapolis, MN 55435

United States

phone: +1 952-832-2600

fax: +1 952-832-2601

toll free: +1 800-632-2277

Barr Engineering Co. reserves the right to consider other legitimate, non-discriminatory factors that are not specifically listed.

We require proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

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Barr is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other lawfully protected status.