Geotechnical Staff Engineer I

South Plainfield, New Jersey


Seeking an entry level, full-time Staff Engineer position in our Geotechnical Engineering division.

Geotechnical/Structural Foundation Engineer responsible for performing geotechnical/structural foundation design as well as perform field special inspections. Special inspection capabilities should include: subsurface soil and rock investigations (borings and test pits), construction plan and specification conformance. The Engineer should also be capable of completing designs and special inspections in support of the following: earth retaining structures (temporary and permanent), shallow foundations, and deep foundations (driven/drilled piles, caissons, etc.). The Engineer should demonstrate strong communication skills and be capable of field coordination with subconsultants and contractors. Engineer should also be able to complete office engineering tasks including designs, drafting, and report preparation.

Office work will be primarily done in the South Plainfield, NJ office. Field work includes regularly commuting to NYC and other locations. There may be night shifts due to night borings, etc.


  • Knowledge of basic software tools including Microsoft Office Suite and AutoCAD
  • Knowledge of basic lab and field equipment for making evaluations of soil conditions
  • Ability to perform geotechnical field investigations and construction observations
  • Prepare daily detailed site inspection reports and construction/boring logs based on field operations completed
  • Perform technical research in developing solutions to engineering problems including geotechnical evaluations to prepare calculation documents; preparation of detailed geotechnical reports; analysis of geotechnical samples; field testing of soils; design support
  • Interact with other MFS personnel (project managers, staff engineers, field technicians), clients, contractors and equipment vendors
  • Develop a familiarity with regulations governing the implementation and operations of related systems
  • Develop a familiarity with field testing and data collection requirements
  • Work with other discipline team members including engineering professionals, designers and technicians, permit specialists, planners, CAD and graphic specialists, architects, construction management specialists
  • Prepare technical reports, write memos, respond to Request for Information, review and respond to submittals, make recommendations, and convey engineering solutions/recommendations
  • Perform geotechnical analyses and calculations using engineering formulas and assist with drawing, specification, and cost-estimate preparation

Physical Demands:

  • Continually required to stand, walk, and sit
  • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  • Continually required to talk or hear
  • Continually required to utilize visual acuity to operate office and field equipment
  • Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop or kneel
  • Occasionally required to lift and carry and/or move items up to 75 pounds

Environmental Factors:

  • Approximately 60% of work will be performed in an external environment, on-site, outdoors, exposed to the elements of nature working under normal construction conditions.
  • Approximately 40% of work will be performed in climate-controlled internal office environment working under normal engineering office conditions.


  • B.S. in Civil, Geotechnical, or Related Engineering Degree
  • 0-2+ years of experience in analysis of below grade walls, retaining structures, and shallow/deep foundations
  • Experience in conducting subsurface investigations and construction special inspections
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products
  • Some knowledge in LRFD/ASD design and complex structural analysis software including RISA, DeepEX, and L-pile
  • Ability to communicate effectively with managers, clients, and contractors
  • Excellent written and verbal communication as well as strong design skills
  • Valid driver’s license and means of transportation
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check


  • M.S. in Civil, Geotechnical, or Related Engineering Degree
  • Experience with AutoCAD software, gINT geotechnical engineering software

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

About the Company:

MFS is an independent and innovative consulting engineering, surveying, and construction management firm headquartered in South Plainfield, New Jersey. We share a total commitment to excellence both internally and externally. Externally, we offer clients expertise in site/civil, structural, geotechnical and foundation, survey, geotechnical drilling, and construction management services. Internally, to those eligible, we offer excellent benefit packages that include: Paid Vacation, Sick, and Holidays, 401K, Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability Insurance (long and short), Life Insurance, Training, and Tuition Reimbursement. MFS is an EEO/AAP Employer.

Notice to Third Party Agencies:

Please note that MFS, which is comprised of MFS Consulting Engineers and Surveyor, DPC, MFS Construction, LLC, MFS Consulting, LLC and MFS Consulting Engineers, CORP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or staffing firms. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to the HR Department or any job sourcing ad of MFS, in the form of an e-mail, fax, or mail will be deemed to be the property of MFS. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a candidate without a previously signed agreement and approved engagement request from MFS' HR Department, MFS reserves the unrestricted right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without incurring any liability (financial or otherwise) to the recruiter, agency, and/or staffing firm.