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Apprenticeship training course

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.

Full information on Geotechnical engineer (integrated degree) (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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