Your degree in Geological Engineering

Skills you'll develop

While studying Geological Engineering, you're learning about the earth’s physical structure and its mechanics as it relates to engineering design. You’ll develop important skills to design sustainable infrastructure projects, support natural resource development and develop programs to protect the environment.

These skills include:

  • Conducting scientific research and quantitative analyses for large energy and infrastructure projects
  • Application of rock mechanics, soil mechanics, and hydrogeology principles in designing foundations for construction, forestry, civil, and other engineering activities
  • Designing and carrying out geotechnical site investigations to assess built structures including tunnels, highways, pipelines, reservoirs, and mines
  • Conducting theoretical studies to determine impact of natural hazards on infrastructures and proposing remediation plans
  • Analysis of groundwater flow systems to assess risk of contamination and providing recommendations for wastewater treatment strategies
  • Usage of advanced geological exploration tools, specialized lab equipment and software such as Rocscience and ArcGIS
  • Collection and interpretation of geophysical data to identify and assess environmental risk of a project and developing appropriate control measures

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including civil design, environmental protection and control, mineral and energy exploration, pipeline development and planning, public utilities, water resource management, natural hazard mitigation, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Assayer
  • Civil engineer
  • Construction project engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Excavation designer
  • Exploration geologist
  • Geodetic engineer
  • Geological engineer
  • Geological prospecting technologist
  • Geomatics engineer
  • Geophysical engineer
  • Geospatial software developer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Groundwater resource project manager
  • Hydrogeological engineer
  • Hydrology field program manager
  • Infrastructure planning engineer
  • Land surveyor
  • Mine planning engineer
  • Mining engineer
  • Municipal planner
  • Oil and gas production engineer
  • Open pit mine engineer
  • Petrography engineer
  • Petroleum reservoir engineer
  • Pipeline integrity engineer
  • Remediation specialist
  • Research and development engineer
  • Rock sciences engineer or Rock mechanics engineer
  • Senior foundation engineer
  • Site cavern engineer
  • Soil engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Tunnel engineer
  • Water resource engineer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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