What di Geological engineers do?

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In summary, Geological Engineers work primarily in the field, often prospecting for natural resources like oil and minerals. Their work overlaps with that of Civil Engineers and Environmental Engineers, as they help determine the best locations and precautions for construction projects. This field is also known as geotechnical engineering and offers a dynamic and hands-on career path.
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Hi everyone, I'm a new member in this forum. I was wondering what really Geological Engineers do in their work. I've made quite a lot of research about this profession, but still, I don't see the bigger picture. All I know is that they aid Civil Engineers, Environmental Engineers and etc. on determining the correct area and precaution to take when doing their construction or any kind of engineering work that requires their specializations...
I wonder if their work overlaps with the work of a geologist...

Anyway, thanks to anyone that will provide me more infos about this engineering career...
 
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My graduate advisor got his PhD in Geology. The three things I learned are: he got to work outside all of the time, most of the jobs involve prospecting for oil or mineral deposits, and the 'old timers' often licked the rocks to determine the composition.

I imagine there's a lot of overlap with Civ Es and Env Es.
 
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thanks andy...people said that this engineering program is fun...and loads of experience waiting to be learned...
 
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It's the bit of civil engineering dealing with the earth, so mostly the strength and properties of the rocks and soil you are building on.
It's more often called geotechnical engineering (cos that sounds way cooler)
 

Related to What di Geological engineers do?

1. What is the role of a geological engineer?

A geological engineer is responsible for studying the Earth's materials, structures, processes, and natural hazards to provide solutions for engineering projects. They use their knowledge of geology, geotechnical engineering, and other fields to assess the impact of geological conditions on construction projects, as well as design and implement solutions to mitigate potential risks.

2. What kind of projects do geological engineers work on?

Geological engineers work on a wide range of projects, including the construction of buildings, roads, tunnels, dams, mines, and oil and gas facilities. They are also involved in environmental projects, such as managing landfills and remediating contaminated sites.

3. How does a geological engineer differ from a geologist?

A geological engineer focuses on applying geological principles to engineering projects, while a geologist studies the Earth's materials, processes, and history. Geological engineers use their knowledge to solve practical engineering problems, while geologists focus more on scientific research and exploration.

4. What skills are important for a career in geological engineering?

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as a solid understanding of geology, engineering principles, and computer software, are essential for a career in geological engineering. Communication and teamwork skills are also important, as geological engineers often work on interdisciplinary projects with other professionals.

5. What is the job outlook for geological engineers?

The job outlook for geological engineers is positive, with a projected growth of 8% from 2019 to 2029, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is driven by the demand for infrastructure development, environmental protection, and energy exploration. Additionally, as the population grows, there will be a need for geological engineers to assess and mitigate natural hazards.

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