This job is where earth meets concrete and steel. You bring an added earthy depth of knowledge to the engineering profession. Your skills and judgment help colleagues safely and sustainably carve out access roads, sculpt landscapes to cradle tailings or reservoirs, weave pipelines through soil and rock, and tame the turf to hold well sites and plants.
Geological engineers conduct geological and geotechnical studies to assess the suitability of locations for civil engineering, mining and oil and gas projects. They plan, design, develop and supervise programs of geological data acquisition and analysis and the preparation of geological engineering reports and recommendations.
Geological engineers may recommend the ground support systems, processes and equipment required for safe, economical and environmentally-sound drilling, mining or underground construction activities. They may also inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment and working conditions.
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- Sub-sector Exploration and production, Oil and gas services, Offshore, Oil sands, Pipelines
- Environment Primarily indoor/office work
- Average Salary $81,000 to $154,000
- Education Post-secondary degree
When you start in this occupation activities may include:
- Examining maps, deposits, drilling locations or mines to determine the location, size, accessibility, contents, value and potential profitability of oil and gas deposits
- Conducting field investigations
- Conducting analyses (for example, pore pressure, wellbore stability, image and caliper log analysis, fracture permeability, fault seal analysis)
- Preparing technical reports for use by mining, engineering and management personnel
As you advance in this career, you may take on additional tasks including:
- Designing open pit walls, mine waste dumps and dams
- Designing and developing earthworks and structure foundations and monitoring site conditions
- Providing technical guidance to civil engineers, technologists, technicians and construction personnel during the lifecycle of a project
- Providing geological expertise in a wide variety of physical and containment hydrogeology projects
- A post-secondary degree in civil, geotechnical or geological engineering (or a related discipline) from an institution accredited by Engineers Canada is typically required.
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- To obtain a license as a professional engineer (P.Eng) you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a professional practice exam and have three or four years of engineering experience, of which one year must be gained in Canada. You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.
- Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
- Travel likely required
- Primarily indoor/office work
- Work not physically demanding
- Work away from home/in camps
Your challenge is dealing with uncertainty and no amount of expertise can eliminate that entirely. But, your training and experience allows you to work around potential issues. Independent, analytical and detail-oriented, you bring a depth of skills and knowledge to the job.
- Engineering and technology
- Critical thinking
- Selecting the right equipment
- Monitoring operations
- Attention to detail
- Complex problem solving
- Judgment and decision making
- Active listening