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Solar Geotechnical Technician Specialist

G2 Consulting Group is looking for a full-time solar geotechnical technician specialist to join our team in Ann Arbor, MI. The solar geotechnical technician specialist performs observation and testing related to the development of solar energy projects. Most work will be performed outdoors at sites across the country. On-site work will include soil boring observation, test pit excavation, logging and sample collection, pile (post foundation) load testing, electrical resistivity testing, and thermal resistivity testing. Projects will require the technician to travel extensively, generally 1 to 2 weeks at a time. Project frequency will vary, but multiple projects may occur consecutively. Technician will work closely with project managers and other engineers to ensure timely, quality work.

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum High School diploma, or equivalent
  • Ability to read and understand testing specifications
  • Ability to follow directions closely
  • Basic computer skills and a solid knowledge of basic mathematics
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Strong prioritization, coordination and matrix management skills, self-directed and self-motivated
  • Good administrative and time management skills with keen attention to detail;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle insurance and have an excellent driving record
  • Ability to lift up to 150 lbs. multiple times throughout the day
  • Ability to use hand tools, saws and drills
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Willingness to work outside in hot and cold weather conditions
  • Willingness to work with construction equipment (generally drill rig and backhoe)
  • Ability to work overtime and weekends, and travel (drive or fly) out of town with overnight stays

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Represent G2 in a professional manner on assigned construction sites.
  • Complete and submit field test reports
  • Perform routine tasks, tests, and computations associated with testing and field observations on proposed solar sites under the supervision of the project engineer or project manager
  • Independently operate relevant equipment
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects within budgets and deadlines
  • Perform and assist with field and laboratory testing under the direction of an engineer


Company-paid health insurance
Dental and Vision Plans
Short-Term Disability
Long-Term Disability
Life Insurance
401(k) Plan with matching contributions up to 5% of salary
Paid Holidays
Paid Vacation and Personal Time Off
Education and Professional Licensing Assistance Programs
Profit Sharing


G2’s Mark Stapleton to Speak at 2020 MDOT-ACEC Event

Mark Stapleton P.E., project manager at G2 Consulting Group, will speak at the 2020 MDOT-ACEC Partnering Workshop on a panel discussion titled “Improve your design of Temporary Earth Retention Systems (TERS) & Bring your A-GAME to Subsurface Exploration.”

The annual MDOT-ACEC event typically attracts 600+ attendees from the Michigan Department of Transportation as well as other public and private entities actively involved in building and maintaining the state’s infrastructure. The event will be held Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Lansing Center.

Stapleton brings his more than 30 years of geotechnical engineering experience to the conversation which will introduce  MDOT’s new manual for design of cofferdams, sheet pile walls and soldier pile walls. Stapleton’s comments are geared toward the highly technical audience and will include explanation of the manual’s key points as well as practical advice and industry best practices to meet the new criteria.  Joining Mark on stage are  MDOT representatives Dick Endres and Ryan Snook and Dr. Stan Vitton, a civil and environmental engineering professor from Michigan Tech University.

“As with any technical manual, the devil is in the details,” said Stapleton. “Through this panel, my colleagues and I hope to clearly communicate the most important aspects of the manual while offering practical suggestions for real-world implementations.”

For more information on the MDOT-ACEC Partnering Workshop, please visit


Mark Stapleton Appointed as MITA Board of Directors Associate Member

Mark Stapleton (right) with MITA Executive Vice President & Secretary Mike Nystrom (left).

Mark Stapleton P.E., project manager at G2 Consulting Group, has been named as an associate to the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association’s (MITA) board of directors for a two year term.

In this role, Stapleton will offer his 30+ years of geotechnical engineering insights to the MITA board and its 500 member companies. MITA is Michigan’s premier statewide construction trade association representing construction disciplines such as road and bridge, sewer and water, utility, railroad, excavation and specialty construction throughout the state.

“I’m honored to be joining the MITA board at such a critical juncture for Michigan’s infrastructure,” said Stapleton. “MITA’s board includes individuals from a wide array of public and private entities, men and women who have the collective expertise and dedication to help Michigan renovate and enhance its infrastructure in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.”

Stapleton joined G2 Consulting Group in 2001. His work at G2 includes geotechnical and geo-engineering projects including complex earth retention systems, deep foundations and drilled piers, harbors and waterways, storm water and sewer, and all manner of road and bridge projects. Earlier in his career, Stapleton was with the United States Army Corps of Engineers where he was involved in a number of major civil works projects and helped develop a comprehensive Soo Locks analysis called “Connecting Channels.”