Geotechnical engineer (integrated degree) (level 7)
Understand, model and analyse the ground.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
- Typical duration
- 30 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Engineering and manufacturing
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Engineering geologist
- Geo-environmental engineer
- Geotechnical engineer
- Tunnelling engineer
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Specify ground investigations to obtain geotechnical data including in situ techniques, laboratory tests and instrumentation and monitoring techniques.
- Interpret the ground investigation data and develop a ground model including the identification of geohazards, contaminated land and other risks to the project as appropriate.
- Collect, analyse, and interpret data using numerical, analytical and critical analysis techniques to develop an engineering understanding of the ground and how this will impact upon future design solutions; short- and long-term responses.
- Undertake research and employ suitable methods to improve understanding of the engineering response of the ground. For example, undertake a laboratory study, numerical analysis, interpret previously published data on the ground conditions (or data from laboratory/numerical investigations), learn from previous case studies and/or utilise established correlations between parameters.
- Make geotechnical engineering decisions.
- Use geotechnical design principles, methods, codes and standards when developing geotechincal solutions.
- Develop geotechnical engineering strategies and evaluate the potential impacts of these. For example, economic sustainability, ethical, societal and, environmental and sustainability perspectives and practical considerations such as buildability and long-term asset management.
- Produce geotechnical engineering designs, specification and drawings. For example, for tender and construction stages.
- Use project management techniques. For example, estimating, programming, cost and budget control and resource management.
- Identify and comply with legal and statutory requirements. For example, health and safety, Environmental protection and sustainability, CDM and data protection.
- Use risk management techniques and manage risks associated with geotechnical engineering activities.
- Plan and manage own time.
- Work with and lead others including, negotiation, conflict management and developing others; taking account of diversity, equality and inclusivity.
- Communicate with colleagues and stakeholders: oral, written, drawings, and presentations.
- Use information technology: digital tools for research, analysis, and presentation of data, Building Information Modelling (BIM), digital communication and collaboration packages.
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