Engineering Geology

Engineering geologists are involved in processes that modify surface and sub-surface geology for the built environment. They may also be involved in the related disciplines of engineering geophysics, hydrogeology and mineral exploration.

Many work for engineering consultancy companies. They oversee particular geological aspects of wider projects and are critical to the development of a conceptual ground model for a given site.

Geologist analyzes core samples at drill site, Baltimore, US

Roles & Career Profiles

Examples of roles for engineering geologists include:

  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Piling Operative
  • Technician
  • Apprentice

Offshore Geotechnical Engineer

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Geoscience Areas

Engineering geology encompasses a diverse range of geological disciplines, and those employed in the sector will utilise knowledge of and possibly specialise in:

Other skills such as effective communication and report writing, and the ability to evaluate the reliability of data from different sources, are also important.

How do I get there?

Engineering Geologists usually have a Postgraduate Masters in Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Foundation Engineering, Hydrogeology, Soil Mechanics, Rock Mechanics or other related subjects. Many take these courses following a civil engineering undergraduate degree, but a Geology undergraduate degree is also a common background.

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