Senior Geotechnical Engineer Wanted

WordItOut-word-cloud-1036493Robinson Noble is seeking an experienced geotechnical engineer to perform and manage geotechnical projects in our Tacoma office, as well as work with company management to expand our clientele in the south Puget Sound region. Duties will include geotechnical evaluation, analysis, design, and report writing for a wide-range of projects in both the private and public sectors. Knowledge of foundation analyses, subsurface soil investigations, slope stability evaluations, and infiltration studies are essential. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering required; Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering strongly preferred

Registration: Washington State PE required; PE in Oregon, Idaho, and/or Alaska preferred

Experience: 5 to 10 years geotechnical engineering experience of increasing responsibility; minimum 3 years project management experience; business development experience preferred


  • a valid driver’s license and personal transportation required
  • strong field orientation and problem-solving skills
  • strong verbal and written communications skills

To Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter via email to recruiting (at) stating the position title in the subject field. Please include the following:

  • a summary of past experience, highlighting experience relating to the position as described above
  • list of education and professional registrations (with registration number)
  • salary history
  • two writing samples – preferably one should be technical in nature and the other should convey technical or regulatory information to a non-technical person; writing samples can be attached to the email in Word or PDF formats

Robinson Noble is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy that employees and applicants will not be subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran’s status, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable state, federal or local laws.

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Puyallup River Bridge Side-step

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is replacing the aging Puyallup River Bridge due to structural deficiencies. Built in 1925, the bridge is located in Puyallup, Washington where State Route 167 crosses the Puyallup River. To minimize traffic disruptions, plans called for the old bridge to be moved about 60 feet to the east for continued use while the new bridge is constructed in its place.

Robinson Noble designed the temporary, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) abutment walls at both ends of the span and advised on jacking loads and settlement concerns prior to and during bridge placement.

MSE wall supporting north span of bridge (photo credit: Rick Powell)

MSE wall supporting north span of bridge
(photo credit: Rick Powell)

The bridge was successfully moved over the July 11, 2014 weekend (see time-lapse video below) and the MSE walls, constructed of a black reinforcing geogrid and compacted soil (known as a “wrapped” wall design), are now supporting the old bridge. The existing bridge re-opened ahead of schedule and in time for the Monday morning commute. The new bridge is expected to be complete in late 2015.

Robinson Noble welcomes Kari Thomas

Kari Thomas

Kari Thomas

Kari Thomas has joined Robinson Noble as a Project Geologist in our Tacoma office. She has over six years of experience in geotechnical engineering, industrial hygiene, materials, and environmental consulting fields. She is an experienced field team leader and field health and safety coordinator. Her work experience and formal education include groundwater and soil sampling, Phase I and Phase II environmental site investigations, geotechnical and environmental drilling, asbestos and hazardous material building surveys, hazardous materials abatement oversight, indoor air quality and mold assessments, well installation, and construction monitoring. Kari also has experience working with wetlands management, stream gaging, and sediment-loading studies.

Dave Laush Joins Robinson Noble

Dave Laush LEG

Dave Laush LEG

Robinson Noble is pleased to announce the addition of Dave Laush as a Senior Engineering Geologist in our Tacoma office. He is a Licensed Geologist and Engineering Geologist with over 20 years of professional experience in the Pacific Northwest, including construction projects for public works, commercial, industrial, and residential developments.

His work includes a wide variety of services for large earthwork construction projects, such as quality control and assurance, observation and testing services, and laboratory testing. He has also worked on large, underground parking structures and supervised the repair of numerous unstable slopes and landslides.

In addition to expanding our geotechnical capabilities in the South Puget Sound, Dave is well versed in both hydrogeologic and environmental services. He has overseen the installation of wells, pump testing, contaminated soil and groundwater identification, excavations, and the removal of underground storage tanks. Dave worked for the Washington Department of Natural Resources in Olympia from 2010 through 2012 and spent many years as a Senior Engineering Geologist for Terra Associates in Kirkland.

A SiLi Bead Seminar Indeed

I had seen a presentation at the 2011 NGWA Expo by Mr. Reinhard Klause of Sigmund Lindner, a German manufacturer of precision glass bead products, on an innovative well-design technology—the use of glass beads as filter pack material. I thought the idea merited further discussion, so when I heard that Reinhard was going to visit the Pacific Northwest, my colleagues and I scrambled to organize a seminar.

To maximize the value of the seminar, we invited a broad cross-section of the groundwater community, including drilling contractors, water utilities, well design consultants, the regulatory community, and materials suppliers. We were only able to provide a few days’ notice, but people responded quickly to our invitation. Thank you to all who dropped everything to “come to the party.” I would also like to thank Burt Clothier (RN) and Bill Lum (Ecology) for working to qualify the event for continuing education credits for our driller guests and to Stan French and John Bowman (Lakehaven Utility District) for providing access to the Lakehaven Center meeting facility in Federal Way. Continue reading