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:
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:
Geotechnical engineers earn:
Key tertiary qualifications for geotechnical engineers:
Required and recommended school subjects:
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