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Geotechnical Laboratory Specialist - High Complexity
Business Line Environment
ID # 13151
Job Type Permanent - Full Time
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WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 48,000 team members across the globe.  In Canada, our 8,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We’re among the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies two years in a row, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada's Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP :

  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable





Continuing with our recent successes and growth plans, we have a new opening for Lab Specialist to join our Geotechnical team in Toronto. Responsible for championing the development, implementation and execution of advanced geotechnical soils and rock testing, you'll support our CCIL certified laboratory operations, standard quality control initiatives and our geotechnical engineering teams.
As a specialist in advanced geotechnical soils and rock testing, you'll be joining one of the world's largest global consulting engineering firms and one of the most diverse geotechnical teams in Canada. Taking your passion for lab testing excellence, you'll be a key part of driving forward our strategy and programs to connect the labs across Canada through your expertise, specifically in high complexity testing methods. Your knowledge of laboratory methods and industry standards as well as your precision and accuracy for producing/reporting quality results will provide essential input into engineering designs for projects in our communities, and keep our transportation infrastructure safe for future generations. As a lab specialist, you'll act as a bridge between our field crews, lab staff, and our engineering teams to provide valuable input into projects. 

A day in the life:

  • You'll develop, implement and execute advanced geotechnical soils testing including triaxial shear, consolidation, direct shear, hydraulic conductivity and various other stress/strain analysis using both automated and manual operating systems in support of the pursuit of High Complexity Foundations Engineering RAQs (MTO) approval;
  • Working closely with geotechnical engineering teams in Ontario, particularly on transportation-related items and communicate effectively with both internal and external clients including TTC and MTO you will support the growth of the laboratory and geotechnical engineering services through a service-oriented approach;
  • Participate in laboratory and materials inspection and testing quality assurance (maintain and support the internal laboratory quality process, promote a high level of quality in your day to day and adhere to the requirements of the laboratory quality manual); 
  • Be responsible for the review and approval of inspection and laboratory testing reports, train and mentor junior laboratory staff on various testing methods including medium and high complexity soils and rock testing, successfully participate in CCIL/MTO audits and inspections to maintain and grow laboratory accreditation and support engineering proposals with estimates and technical write ups;
  • Prepare accurate and timely reports and provide input into SOP’s and reporting templates in accordance with recognized provincial and industry standards 
  • Actively participate in laboratory safety including the safe handling and operation of all laboratory equipment and supplies and make safety your number one priority at all times and;
  • Other tasks as needed from time to time - we're a team!

We'd love to hear from you if you have...

  • A bachelor’s or Master’s degree in geotechnical/geological engineering or related discipline and eligibility for Ontario P.Eng. or P.Geo (in 2 years);
  • Expertise and able to demonstrate advanced knowledge in advanced soils and rock testing to Ontario standards including triaxial shear, direct shear, consolidation, hydraulic conductivity and high complexity bedrock testing;
  • Previous experience in procuring and installing advanced soils laboratory testing equipment;
  • Your CCIL certification for soils and aggregates, and experience with MTO correlations and MTO referee testing;
  • Possess an acute attention to detail with an ability to independently prepare testing reports in an accurate and efficient manner and detailed knowledge of laboratory safety protocols.



Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

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WSP Canada Inc.


Toronto, ON

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