We are an international dredging, environmental, and geotechnical service company that is committed to engineering excellence inspired through innovation.
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Life at Great Lakes

Imagine being a first responder on a marine emergency project, or enabling commerce in an entire region through a vital port and harbor deepening. Our Dredging and GLEI businesses are unique and offer vibrant corporate cultures, dynamic work environments, and growth opportunities.

Every day, our employees are immersed in a variety of projects as well as challenged to achieve sustainable results for our clients. Together, we work to pioneer new dredging solutions, research ways to recycle dredged sediment as a viable resource for habitat restoration; and provide coastal recovery, environmental remediation, and geotechnical services.

In joining Great Lakes’ team, you will be a part of a company that is creating a better world. We have a global footprint that stretches across six continents and 37 countries. With over 125 years of experience, we have earned a reputation for reliable and quality workmanship. It is the continued talent and effort of our employees that contribute to the company’s proven history of excellence.

Career Areas

Great Lakes offers a variety of employment opportunities to individuals seeking challenging and meaningful careers, including salaried, hourly, and field-based positions. Positions are located at either our corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois or on our project sites throughout the U.S. and overseas.

At GLDD, we strive to create a progressive, forward-thinking work environment for all employees by investing our time and resources in career development and professional growth. We offer training in a vast number of different areas, including technical proficiency, leadership development, and communication capacities.

As a member of our team, you will gain experience in a variety of specialties and functions. Our disciplined training program ensures experienced-based performance as employees advance through company operations. We have many seasonal internship opportunities that give students, seeking a career in engineering, hands-on experience working on real dredging and marine infrastructure projects.

Community Involvement

Through leadership and community engagement, our employees come together to raise funds and volunteer their time for causes such as disaster relief, underprivileged schools, animal advocacy, nonprofits, and environmental initiatives.

Recent philanthropic efforts include providing schools supply kits to the children of Ismailia, Egypt, during the Suez Canal expansion as well as volunteering and donating to Chicago Cares–a local organization that addresses critical issues (education, health & wellness, and job readiness) throughout the city of Chicago.

We take pride in giving back to our community–one with which we have a long history. We feel it is important to donate our time and resources while fostering employee teamwork along the way.

Join Our Team

Working at Great Lakes offers a rich history of distinguished engineers and leading industry experts who work to deliver innovative engineering solutions that meet our clients’ needs. Our company fosters a culture that prioritizes employee safety on every account, stimulates innovation, promotes thought leadership, focuses on performance, and encourages idea generation.

We hire leaders, architects, and pioneers. We want people who can solve challenging problems, ignite a sense of passion, and promote teamwork to help us make a true impact. Join us and help create the extraordinary–for our clients and for the global environment.

Great Lakes is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to providing our employees with a supportive and safe working environment.