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Geotechnical Engineers plan, direct and conduct survey work to analyse the likely behaviour of soil and rock when placed under pressure by proposed structures, and design above and below ground foundations.


  • obtains soil and rock samples at different depths across sites and tests samples to determine strength, compressibility and other factors that affect the behaviour of soil and rock when a structure is imposed and determines the safe load for the soil.


  • requires driving.

To become a Geotechnical Engineer

  • You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in geotechnical engineering to work as a Geotechnical Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

    Find a Bachelor of Engineering with Geotechnical Studies

  • Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Geotechnical Engineering

  • Communication Skills

  • Planning

  • Civil Engineering

  • Project Management

  • Mentoring

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