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Golder Associates Rock Mechanics Modeler in TEMPE, Arizona

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 is seeking a Project Rock Mechanics Modeler to join our Phoenix, AZ office.

Responsibilities of the role 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.

  • 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.

  • Contribute to technical solutions spanning multiple engineering disciplines


  • Bachelor's degree in Mining, Civil, or Geotechnical Engineering or related field.

  • At least 3 years relevant simulation or modeling experience.

  • 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.

  • Proficient with general-purpose scripting/programing.

  • Experience with Computer aided design (CAD) software.

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

  • Ability to travel, both nationally and internationally.


  • Master’s degree in Mining, Civil, or Geotechnical Engineering or related field.

Additional Requirement:

  • Successful applicant must be able to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their start date or prior to December 8, 2021, whichever is later, or be granted an exemption based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief. If you cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability or a sincerely-held religious belief, you may submit an accommodation request ( to the Golder, A Member of WSP, Equal Employment Opportunity Office. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination here - .

Your benefits at Golder will include:

  • Competitive benefits and remuneration packages

  • Opportunity to deepen your expertise in a dynamic work environment;

  • Innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects; and,

  • On the job training, mentoring and coaching.

Renowned for technical excellence, Golder, a member of WSP, is a leading global specialized engineering and consulting organization with over 60 years of successful service to its clients. By joining forces with WSP in 2021, Golder is now part of a 14,000-person strong earth and environment practice, providing engineering, remediation, regulatory & compliance, design, and environmental services on projects that span all seven continents. Our 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 & 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 age, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, individuals with disabilities or other characteristics protected by law. Golder is a background screening, drug-free workplace.


Title: Rock Mechanics Modeler

Location: AZ-TEMPE

Requisition ID: 21002049