Geotechnicians collect and analyse geological data from rock, soil and water samples.Job Category:
What you will do:
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- preparing rock, soil and water samples for testing
- analysing the chemical and physical properties of samples
- obtaining and processing geophysical data
- logging well and borehole drilling activity
- interpreting data from seismic surveys
- preparing geological maps sections
- supporting teaching staff in university
- training and supervising staff
- producing reports for engineers and scientists
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- knowledge of geography
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
To become a Geotechnician, you’ll need a strong foundation in geology, engineering, and related skills. While there are no specific subjects required for this career, the following subjects and skills can provide a solid foundation for pursuing a career in geotechnical engineering or geotechnician roles:
- Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are crucial for performing calculations, analysing data, and understanding engineering principles.
- Science: Coursework in physics, chemistry, and biology can provide a foundational understanding of scientific principles and processes, which are relevant in geotechnical studies.
- Design and Technology: Courses in design and technology can help you develop skills in problem-solving, project management, and using tools and equipment.
- Geography: Basic geography coursework can provide you with an understanding of earth processes, landforms, and geological features.
- IT Skills: Proficiency in information technology (IT) skills is important for data analysis, modeling, and using geotechnical software.
- English: Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential for documenting findings and presenting reports.
You’ll usually need a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (in the UK) or degree to get into this career. Relevant subjects include:
- environmental science
You may be able to start as a junior technician and work your way up.
You’ll find it useful to have work experience in the field or a laboratory.
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll usually be based in a laboratory, working 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may work some evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. If you’re involved in equipment maintenance, you’ll work on an out-of-hours rota system.
In the lab, you’ll wear protective clothing and use safety equipment when carrying out certain tests.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could train as a geoscientist.
You could also move into management, or into another sector and become a laboratory technician in a school or college.