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Golder Associates Modeling Specialist - Project Rock Mechanics in Lakewood, Colorado

At Golder, we thrive on challenges.

Golder is not just a place to work, it is a promise of a living, dynamic environment where people collaborate, innovate, build enduring relationships, excel, and grow professionally in a strong culture of ownership.

Do you have the desire to learn? The drive to excel and thrive in an engaged, collaborative environment?

Golder has a new opportunity for a Modelling Specialist - Rock Mechanics at our Portland, Oregon office for a Full-Time position.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Apply rock mechanics principles to surface and underground mine design problems ranging from basic applications to state of the art design.

  • Develop techniques and methods to create solutions for rock mechanic issues.

  • Perform specialist numerical modeling in support of rock mechanics projects.

  • Prepare technical documentation to support analytical and numerical studies.

  • Be a self-starter and be able to take ownership of project tasks using their technical knowledge.

  • Participate in geotechnical field investigations including logging of soil and rock core data, mapping of rock slopes, and sample collection and preparation for laboratory testing.


  • Degree in Mining, Civil, or Geotechnical Engineering or related field.

  • Experience in numerical analyses for geotechnical and or rock engineering applications;

  • Experience in developing models drawing on in-depth theoretical understanding of numerical methods including 3D finite difference, distinct element, and finite element;

  • Proficient in use of commercial codes such as FLAC, UDEC, PFC, FLA3D, 3DEC and Map 3D;

  • Experience with Computer aided design (CAD) software.

  • Experience in developing complex 3D geometries for numerical modeling purposes;

  • Experience with Microsoft Office software suite (e.g., Word, Excel).

  • Demonstrate critical analytical and strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Self-motivated and well organized;

  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Willing and able to travel, both nationally and internationally.


  • Advanced degree in Mining, Civil, or Geotechnical Engineering or related field.

  • Experience with general-purpose scripting/programing is an asset.

Your benefits at Golder will include:

  • •Competitive benefits and remuneration packages

  • •Option to purchase shares in Golder

  • •Employee owned structure - own the business, own the result

  • •Deepen your expertise in a dynamic work environment

  • •Innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects

  • •On the job training, mentoring and coaching

Renowned for technical excellence, Golder is a leading, global employee-owned engineering and consulting firm with over a half century of successful service to its clients. With over 165 offices in over 40 countries, Golder’s 6,500 professionals are driven by a passion to deliver results, offering unique specialized skills to address the ever-evolving challenges that earth, environment and energy present to clients across the infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and power sectors.

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

Golder is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Golder is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

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Title: Modeling Specialist - Project Rock Mechanics


Other Locations: US-NV-RENO, US-AZ-TEMPE, US-CO-Lakewood

Requisition ID: 19001934