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 groundwaterplan and undertake site investigations for proposed major engineering works such as bridges, dams and tunnelsdesign measures to correct land contamination and salinationdesign major structures in rock such as tunnels, basements and shaftsperform computer analyses, use computer databases and generate computer-aided designswork out strategies to control landslides and areas of potential instabilitysupervise the construction and performance of major engineering works involving excavation and/or explorationact as consultants or researchers, carrying out studies in any of the above fields of activityact 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.