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Design Engineer

Menard USA
New Orleans, Louisiana
Salary commensurate with experience, plus comprehensive benefits package
Closing date
Apr 22, 2023

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Construction Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering
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Menard USA is currently seeking Design Engineers with experience and interest in geotechnical design and analysis in our Charleston, SC, Tampa, FL, Houston, TX, and New Orleans, LA offices.

Menard USA and US Wick are the North American subsidiaries of Menard and part of Soletanche Freyssinet, a group of world leaders in soil, structural and nuclear engineering. Their dynamic cultures are backed by the security and strength of belonging to an international group.

Menard USA is a Pittsburgh-based, design-build specialty geotechnical contractor with regional offices throughout the US.  Menard offers expertise in multiple types of ground improvement solutions for sites with poor soil. Combining creative design and innovative techniques, Menard delivers practical, sustainable solutions that can be attractive alternatives to deep foundations. Top tier engineers, geologists, operators, mechanics, laborers and managers come together to craft the most efficient and economical solutions for our clients – and have fun!

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Design Engineers support the sales and operations teams both in the office and in the field.   During the design stage, design engineers have the following responsibilities:

  • Reviewing and becoming familiar with reference background information such as geotechnical exploration reports, project specifications and civil/structural plans for use during design and preparation of the design drawings and calculations. Analyzing various ground improvement approaches and selecting the option that meets the project criteria which typically includes settlement, bearing capacity, global and sliding stability, liquefaction mitigation, and others. Developing cross sections, generating soil profiles, and selecting soil properties for use during design. Performing finite element modeling using Plaxis, as needed, to understand complex soil-structure interactions and estimate deformations and stresses within the soil and ground improvement elements. Performing all required design calculations and analyses including, but not limited to, global stability, settlement, bearing capacity, and structural and geotechnical capacity of CMCs. Coordinating or preparing design documents (final design calculations and drawings) adhering to the design criteria.


As field activity progresses, the design engineer’s responsibilities also include:

  • Reviewing all QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) from the Field Engineer. Preparing other standard project documents including specifications, means and methods, and testing submittals. Responding quickly to questions from the project team and any conditions that are not in accordance with the design.

Throughout the design process and field activities:

  • Defending and explaining the design approach and decisions made in the field that relate to design. Responding to comments from reviewers and participating in discussions with other members of the design team to achieve approval and acceptance of the ground improvement system.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understands of basic geotechnical design and calculation principles.
  • Proficient with slope stability analysis and finite element modeling.
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel and Outlook, familiar with AutoCAD. Organized in the completion and documentation of all responsibilities. Ability to effectively communicate in a small group setting, present objectives of projects, policies, facilitate sessions and provide/receive feedback. Strong communication skills (oral and written) for use with clients, engineers, architects. Strong problem-solving skills and ability to develop ideas and offer alternatives to facilitate solutions. Ability to manage multiple tasks, activities and commitments.

Education and Experience Requirement

Master’s or bachelor’s degree in civil engineering plus 1 – 3 years of geotechnical design experience or coursework preferred. E.I.T (Engineer-In-Training) preferred.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience which meets the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


Why Menard?

Menard is one of the world’s leading specialized ground improvement contractors. We have a dynamic culture that has the security and strength from belonging to a large international group.

From your first day at Menard, you become a key component of our organization and community, able to make meaningful contributions on your own while being supported and trusted by your management. You’ll interact daily with international ground improvement experts as a valued team member in a highly proactive safety culture where your voice, ideas and opinions will be heard and respected.


Menard USA offers a unique employee-centered culture as well as:


  • Benefits and Perks: Competitive wages and annual bonus package, as well as competitive per diem and other travel allowances for field assignments Profit Sharing Plan Full benefits package including medical, dental (with orthodontia), eye, life & disability insurance and 401K plan with generous matching Industry leading health and wellness programs

Professional Development: Technical and skills trainings including safety certifications Company-wide safety meeting promotion our proactive safety culture for all employees held each year Travel opportunities across the country to jobsites Work-Life Balance Opportunities to develop outside of the workplace Generous vacation and sick leave as well as paid holidays. Minimum 3 weeks of vacation to start and 2 weeks of sick leave. Work to live instead of live to work mentality

As an organization Menard values Safety as its top priority.  We have a goal for “zero incidents” and with that comes great responsibility.  We strive to ensure that our employees make it home safely every day.   Additionally, we are growing a culture that everybody is a “Safety Coach”.  These beliefs are critical to the Company becoming a worldwide leader in safety within our industry.  Employees of all levels are required to embrace these values, participate in periodic training, and offer your opinions openly.  Individual participation is very important as we all work together in our quest for a “Zero Incident” workplace.

Menard and USW Menard provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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