Geological Engineers

(NOC 2144)

Career Description

Geological engineers conduct geological/geotechnical studies to assess the suitability of locations for civil engineering, mining, and oil/gas projects.

Duties May Include

Geological engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

Plan, develop and co-ordinate programs of geotechnical, geological, geophysical or geohydrological data acquisition, analysis and mapping to assist in the development of civil engineering, mining, petroleum and waste management projects or for regional development;

Analyze and prepare recommendations and reports for construction or improvements to foundations of civil engineering projects such as rock excavation, pressure grouting and hydraulic channel erosion control;

Analyze and prepare recommendations and reports on settlement of buildings, stability of slopes and fills, and probable effects of landslides and earthquakes to support construction and civil engineering projects;

Conduct theoretical and applied study of groundwater flow and contamination and develop prescriptions for site selection, treatment and construction;

Plan, develop, co-ordinate and conduct theoretical and experimental studies in mining exploration, mine evaluation and feasibility studies relative to the mining industry;

Conduct surveys and studies of ore deposits, ore reserve calculations and mine design;

Design, develop and implement computer applications for geophysics, geochemistry, geology, mapping and related fields;

Supervise technologists, technicians and other engineers and scientists.

Examples of Titles

Engineering Geologist
Geological Engineer
Geophysical Engineer
Geotechnical Engineer
Hydrogeological Engineer
Hydrogeology Engineer
Soil Engineer

Where They Work

People in this group work for governments, educational/research institutions, business, professional, and recreational organizations, advisory, consulting, and marketing firms and non-governmental agencies.

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Geological Engineering Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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York University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Geomatics Engineering Bachelor; Honours
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Modified on January 26, 2022