Profession geological engineer

Geological engineers apply geological knowledge for the assessment of sites, soils, slope stability, sediments and other observable characteristics in the Earth. They integrate this information in the planning and development of projects in those places. They assess and answer questions concerning the geological characteristics of soils by performing research and experiments of the sites aimed to be intervened.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Geological time scale

    System of chronological measurement dividing geologic history into several temporal divisions and subdivisions that take ancient life, geography, and climates into account.

  • Geographic information systems

    The tools involved in geographical mapping and positioning, such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).

  • Civil engineering

    The engineering discipline that studies the design, construction and maintenance of naturally built works such as roads, buildings, and canals.

  • Mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products

    The offered mining, construction and civil engineering machinery products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Geology

    Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

Skills

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Advise on building matters

    Provide advice on building matters to the various parties involved in construction projects. Bring to their awareness important building considerations and consult on construction budgets.

  • Assess environmental impact

    Monitor environmental impacts and carry out assessments in order to identify and to reduce the organisation's environmental risks while taking costs into account.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Perform sample testing

    Examine and perform tests on prepared samples; avoid any possibility of accidental or deliberate contamination during the testing phase. Operate sampling equipment in line with design parameters.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Execute feasibility study

    Perform the evaluation and assessment of the potential of a project, plan, proposition or new idea. Realise a standardised study which is based on extensive investigation and research to support the process of decision making.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

Optional knowledge and skills

conduct land surveys study aerial photos oversee construction project interpret geophysical data nuclear energy use cad software advise on construction materials apply digital mapping develop geological databases soil science collect samples for analysis advise on geology for mineral extraction prepare geological map sections assess financial viability conduct field work provide information on geological characteristics use geographic information systems examine geochemical samples geochemistry impact of geological factors on mining operations collect geological data geophysics advise on waste management procedures