Geotechnical Engineering / Career

Overview of Occupation

Income Bracket: $90,000 – $100,000+

Geotechnical Engineering which is a study on the behaviour of soil and rocks; determination of subsurface pressures from surface loadings; soil settlement including time related clay consolidation settlement and immediate settlements on sand and clay as related to shallow foundations; assessment of bearing capacity and allowable bearing pressures under shallow foundations; pile foundation systems and analysis for capacity and settlement; rock mass behaviour, classification and joint shear strength applied to slope stability assessment and stabilisation measures.

Alternative Titles: Dirt Doctor

Education and Training: Various pathways are available for students seeking a career in civil engineering. Engineering Australia, the body responsible for accrediting engineering programs in Australia.

Employment Opportunities: Numerous opportunities exist within the Roads and Mining Sectors.

Range of tasks performed in the occupation, depending on the area of speciality, tasks may include:

  • 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

Personal Requirements

  • 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