How to Enter
Completing a Bachelor of Engineering and specialising in a relevant field is a fantastic way to improve your chances of securing a Geotechnical Engineer job here in New Zealand. However, some employers may expect you to have a Professional Master of Engineering Geology.
The typical responsibilities of a Geotechnical Engineer can include any of the following:
Taking and analysing soil, rock, groundwater or other earthly materials prior to construction
Consulting geological maps and aerial photography to provide advice on proposed construction sites
Investigating environmental impact of proposed construction sites
Using computer-aided design (CAD) to assist in the design of large structures (dams, tunnels, walls, jetties) and their foundations
Supervising onsite construction
Troubleshooting geologically and environmental problems
A skilled and talented Geotechnical Engineer can progress their career by moving on to more complex, larger projects and possibly work overseas as a consultant. Alternatively, Geotechnical Engineers can also move into other specialist areas of Engineering later in their careers, or into a managerial role.
45K – 120K per annum (NZD)