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Civil Engineer - Renewable Energy

San Diego CA, Northbrook IL or Albany NY

Job ID: 2020-18412


Renewables – Wind Solar – Analyze It

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!


What you’ll learn & achieve:

As a member of the Due Diligence team, the Civil Engineer is responsible for a wide range of duties to support primarily independent engineering and investor services and secondly to support owner’s engineering and project development services with focus on utility grade wind turbine and solar foundations design.

Responsibilities include structural and/or geotechnical investigation review, structural and/or geotechnical testing data processing, design calculations, construction monitoring, and operations assessments, including on-site field activities, and report preparation with focus on foundations. This position will be responsible for supporting multiple projects simultaneously with a demonstrated competence and depth in a broad range of structural and/or geotechnical engineering and construction concepts. Additionally, you will be responsible for:

Under the supervision of a senior civil engineer, conduct detailed technical review and independent assessment of civil engineering and construction documentation, including investigations, plans and specifications, designs, calculations, construction submittals, test documentation, construction job books and QA/QC documentation for utility grade wind turbine foundations.

Conduct on-site construction monitoring to assess compliance with plans and specifications, good construction practice, and adherence to QA/QC programs.

Prepare detailed reports of design reviews, project documentation assessments, and construction monitoring.

Track and monitor project documentation, review, inspection, and reporting status.

Work effectively with colleagues to ensure timely delivery of high-quality products while working collaboratively with other teams and business units as needed.

Participate in formal and informal departmental training activities to continue development of engineering knowledge base.

Attend regular departmental and team meetings;

Perform all other duties as may be assigned.

Participate in meetings and conference calls with lenders, investors, developers, contractors, and engineers regarding technical reviews and construction issues.

Assist in preparation of proposal language.

Participate as appropriate in relevant industry groups such as AWEA and engineering societies.


What makes you a great fit:

Minimum of a B.S. degree in civil engineering, with focus on structural or geotechnical engineering. Master’s degree is preferred.

The position generally requires 1+ years of applicable experience, but some years may be substituted by an advanced degree.

Experience with performing structural or geotechnical calculations for utility grade wind turbine and solar foundations is a plus.

Experience providing technical due diligence engineering services for renewable energy projects is a plus.

Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

Basic knowledge of structural and/or geotechnical engineering principles used in the design of foundations with ability to independently grasp and articulate fundamental concepts.

Ability to perform basic structural and/or geotechnical foundation analysis and design calculation.

Familiar with US and international codes and standards used in civil engineering.

Proficient verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate highly complex engineering, construction, and operational issues to lay people.

Ability to monitor construction while assessing and communicating adherence to requirements and processes; and evaluating as-built conditions with respect to intended design and/or specifications.

Demonstrated ability to infer design and construction competence from review of various documentation, data, and visual inspection to make recommendations and position statements;

Fluent in Microsoft Office products. Experience with computer programs used in structural and geotechnical engineering such as SAFE, LPILE, SAP2000, Plaxis and Mathcad is a plus;

Self-starter with ability to schedule and prioritize tasks and commitments;

Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with clients;


What you’ll experience working at UL:

Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.

People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.

Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.

Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.

Total Rewards: All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.


Learn More:

Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.

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Posted October 14, 2020

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