Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineers design foundations, dams, embankments, retaining walls, tunnels and roads, and undertake work relating to landslides, earthquakes and contaminated land remediation.

Geotechnical engineers assess the physical features of the environment, soil and rock mechanics, in order to prepare stable surfaces and sub-surfaces for construction. They assist in foundation design for land-based and offshore structures, from bridges and high-rise buildings, to jetties and oil platforms.

Geotechnical Engineering

You can major in Geotechnical Engineering in our:

A major enables you to specialise by completing a series of courses within your degree in an area of interest. Our Geotechnical Engineering major gives you the opportunity to explore in detail the composition and nature of the earth, its behaviours under pressure and when water flows through it.

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Careers in geotechnical engineering

As a geotechnical engineer you could find yourself working outdoors, in laboratories or in office-based roles, within local councils, state and federal government, construction companies and engineering consulting firms. Your responsibilities could include:

  • undertaking sampling
  • recording observations
  • interpreting data
  • preparing reports
  • providing foundation design and construction advice.

Set on engineering but don’t meet the entry requirements?

We want to ensure everyone with a passion for engineering can pursue it. If you don’t have the prerequisites to directly enter an engineering degree, but attained a Selection Rank of 70 or above and completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (or equivalent), consider our Engineering Pathway program. Successful completion will guarantee you a place in your preferred Adelaide engineering degree. Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway.