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Soils and Materials Laboratory Manager

Soils and Materials Laboratory Manager

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Holdrege & Kull, an NV5 Company, is looking for an experienced Soils and Materials Laboratory Manager to join its expanding Chico, CA location. We are looking for someone who enjoys the varied challenges of working in a growing small office, in a vibrant and engaged community that is positioned for significant growth over the next two decades.


NV5 (NASDAQ: NVEE) is a provider of professional and technical engineering and consulting solutions to public and private sector clients in the infrastructure, energy, construction, program management and environmental markets. NV5 is an ENR Top 500 firm; we offer a full range of professional services in offices throughout the U.S.


The Soils and Materials Laboratory Manager oversees all operational and technical aspects of running the
geotechnical/materials laboratory in compliance with industry standards such as AMRL, CCRL, AASHTO and Caltrans Test Methods. Demonstrates competence in all laboratory methods. Supervises, coordinates, and reviews the work of Lab Technicians. The lab manager is under the general supervision of the location manager and reports to the Laboratory Engineer for laboratory quality control.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages lab technicians, coordinating staffing needs and daily work schedules.
  • Performs technical review of all laboratory-generated data.
  • Prepares or reviews final laboratory reports and furnishes to client upon approval by the project manager.
  • Communicates with contractor, supervisor and/or project manager of problems and deviations from plans and specifications.
  • Ensures complete and comprehensive communication with project manager and other staff to insure the effective management of the project.
  • Maintains laboratory quality control to ensure the accuracy of test results.
  • Oversees the acquisition of new field and laboratory equipment for the office location.
  • Oversees and coordinates laboratory equipment maintenance and calibration.
  • Maintains and updates laboratory accreditations, and serves as the liason with the accreditation agencies.
  • Maintains and updates regulatory licenses for nuclear testing equipment, and serves as the Assistant Radiation Safety Officer for the office location.
  • Manages facility maintenance for the laboratory location.
  • Perform laboratory testing of soil, concrete and asphalt associated with civil engineering construction projects including DSA, OSHPD, Caltrans, and USACE requirements.
  • Perform field inspection, testing and sampling as needed.
  • Ability to make good decisions using sound, professional judgment with minimal supervision.
  • Physical ability to perform labor-intensive work including but not limited the safe handling and
    transport of concrete samples, soil samples, and other lab related materials.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.
  • Demonstrates ability to accurately perform testing according to recognized standards.
  • Communicates and interfaces effectively with clients and co-workers.
  • Possesses effective written, interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work as
    part of a team involving staff, clients and outside agencies.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including identifying data quality issues.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel).


  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have experience with ASTM and Caltrans testing procedures for soils, aggregates, asphalt, concrete and masonry.
  • Requires a minimum of 5 years of experience performing the related laboratory tests.



  • ACI strength of Concrete, Aggregates, and Aggregates Base Certifications required, or ability to obtain certifications immediately.

NV5 offers a complete and competitive benefits package


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.