Geotechnical Engineer Job Description

Geotechnical Engineer

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Geotechnical Engineer Job Description

The role of a Geotechnical Engineer is to analyse and determine the possible impacts of soil and rock on a construction site when placed under pressure from structures. This analysis can help determine what materials must be used in the structure’s foundation or overall design or whether the project needs additional measures to ensure it is safe.


  • Obtain soil and rock samples to determine compressibility, efficiency, strength and other certain factors that affect the structure’s behaviour
  • Perform and review face mapping of rock slopes and cuts and stabilisation measures
  • Plan field investigations by drilling and analysing samples of bedrock or deposits
  • Look at the risk of geological hazards and make sure any factors affecting engineering works are identified and managed
  • Use specialist computer software to create analytical 2D and 3D models
  • Manage staff, including other engineering geologists, geotechnical engineers, consultants and contractors
  • Undertake data collection, analysis, evaluation and reporting
  • Determine the safe load for soil
  • Analyse and map technical results retrieved from seismic surveys, investigate subsurface conditions and materials to determine properties and risks


  • Bachelor of Geotechnical Engineering, Geology, or any other related qualifications
  • Proficiency in using geotechnical analysis and design software
  • Have a deep understanding of soil and rock mechanics and geology to help manage ground conditions in engineering projects
  • Understanding of ethical standards with consideration to public safety and environmental impact
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with clients and other teams
  • Excellent written and communication skills

Average Salary

  • $120k to $140k per year in Australia
  • $80k – $100k per year in New Zealand

Salary is based on © SEEK and © Indeed statistics and research.

This Geotechnical Engineer job description is a guideline only and will vary depending on the company, project and location within the Australian/New Zealand market.

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