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
- 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