Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers evaluate ground conditions to determine whether they are suitable for construction and infrastructure projects, and design foundations for buildings and other structures.

As a geotechnical engineer, you might be involved in:

  • Assessing the foundations of houses damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes – and finding ways to fix them
  • Making sure dams are safe, by researching the properties of the ground underneath the dam and the potential for landslips
  • Coastal engineering, including wharves, jetties and marinas

Both geotechnical engineering and engineering geology involve applying knowledge about soil and other components of the earth to construction projects. The difference is that geotechnical engineers are a specialised type of civil engineer and are involved in designing earthworks and foundations, whereas engineering geologists apply their knowledge of geology to investigate ground conditions and report on their suitability for building.

The main employers of geotechnical engineers include:

  • Specialist geotechnical engineering consultancies such as Coffey Geotechnics
  • General engineering consultancies such as Opus, Beca, URS and Tonkin & Taylor
  • Construction companies
  • Mining and drilling companies such as OceanaGold
  • Regional and local government authorities

Geotechnical engineers earn:

  • $45-55,000 starting salary
  • $65-95,000 with five to seven years’ experience

Key tertiary qualifications for geotechnical engineers:

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Calculus (required)
  • Physics (required)
  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Technology subjects

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Geotechnical Engineer: People who work in this role

  • Ashe Cooper

    Geotechnical Engineer, Ashe Cooper at work

    Crystal Ham

    Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, Crystal Ham at work

    Floyd Thomas

    Geotechnical Engineer, Floyd Thomas at work

    Charlotte Robertson

    Geotechnical Engineer, Charlotte Robertson  at work
  • Elles Pearse-Danker

    Project Engineering Geologist, Elles Pearse-Danker at work

    Ben Harrison

    , Ben Harrison at work

    David Chiswell

    Geotechnical Engineer, David Chiswell at work

    Poini Palu

     Geotechnical Engineer, Poini Palu at work
  • Stuart McCready

    Geotechnical Engineer, Stuart McCready at work

    Kushant Kishore

    , Kushant Kishore at work

    James Livingston

    Geotechnical Engineer, James Livingston at work

    James Russell

    Geotechnical Engineer, James Russell at work
  • Moru Jia

    Geotechnical Engineer, Moru Jia at work

    James Beaumont

    Geotechnical Engineer , James Beaumont at work

    Peter Lisle

    Engineer, Peter Lisle at work

    Rory McCully

    Geotechnical Design Engineer, Rory McCully at work
  • Shirley Wang

    Geotechnical Engineer, Shirley Wang at work

    Michael Blucher

    Civil Engineer, Michael Blucher at work

    Brett Menefy

    , Brett Menefy at work

Geotechnical Engineer: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • McConnell Dowell
    McConnell Dowell
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Western Bay of Plenty District Council
    Tiaki Engineering Consultants
    Tiaki Engineering Consultants
    Aurecon
    Aurecon
  • HEB Construction
    HEB Construction
    Tonkin & Taylor
    Tonkin & Taylor
    Coffey
    Coffey
    Hutchinson
    Hutchinson
  • Fulton Hogan
    Fulton Hogan
    Fraser Thomas
    Fraser Thomas
    Riley Consultants
    Riley Consultants
    AECOM
    AECOM
  • GHD
    GHD
    Dunedin City Council
    Dunedin City Council
    Davis Ogilvie
    Davis Ogilvie
    Beca
    Beca
  • URS New Zealand
    URS New Zealand

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