What does a Geotechnical Engineer do?

Geotechnical engineers ensure the foundations for a built object, including a street, building, runway, or dam, are solid. They primarily focus on how structures and the earth interact, including with soil and rocks. Geotechnical engineers design and plan for slopes, retaining walls, and tunnels. They review the organic features of a proposed construction site and its surroundings to verify the appropriateness of the location.

Geotechnical engineers also account for factors including weather or traffic before delivering their ultimate decisions about the safety of a proposed or existing site. When inspecting a proposed site, geotechnical engineers examine the composition of naturally occurring formations and take an array of samples to study in a laboratory and determine the likelihood of consequential movement in the land at the proposed site. They suggest effective fixes for geotechnical obstacles including slopes and calculate the required cost in material resources and share a final evidence-based verdict with stakeholders. Geotechnical engineers need a bachelor’s degree in geotechnical engineering.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Multifactor Authentication
Active Directory
Written Communication
Scaled Agile Framework
Analytical Thinking
PE License

Geotechnical Engineer Seniority Levels

Structural Engineer
13% made the transition
Bridge Engineer
3% made the transition
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Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

A$80,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: A$80K
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