Geological engineers identify and try to solve problems involving soil, rock and groundwater, and design structures in and below the ground, using the principles of earth science.
Duties & Tasks
Geological engineers may perform the following tasks:
- investigate the engineering feasibility of planned new developments involving soil, rock and groundwater
- plan and undertake site investigations for proposed major engineering works such as bridges, dams and tunnels
- design measures to correct land contamination and salination
- design major structures in rock such as tunnels, basements and shafts
- perform computer analyses, use computer databases and generate computer-aided designs
- work out strategies to control landslides and areas of potential instability
- supervise the construction and performance of major engineering works involving excavation and/or exploration
- act as consultants or researchers, carrying out studies in any of the above fields of activity
- act in managerial positions and be responsible for coordination of multidisciplinary study teams, staff recruitment and matters of work organisation.
Outdoor work is an essential aspect of geological engineering investigations. Geological engineers typically spend up to half of their working hours on field investigations and supervising construction of their designs.
- enjoy technical and engineering work
- willing to adhere to safety requirements
- able to identify, analyse and solve problems
- good oral and written communication skills
- aptitude for computing and design
- practical and creative
- able to work without supervision
- able to accept responsibility
- able to work independently or as part of a team
- enjoy working outdoors, sometimes in remote locations.