Geological engineers (NOC 2144)

About this job

Geological engineers:

  • geological engineers carry out geological and geotechnical studies to assess suitability of locations for civil engineering, mining and oil and gas projects
  • plan, design, develop and oversee programs of geological data acquisition and analysis and the preparation of geological engineering reports and recommendations
  • work for consulting engineering companies; electrical utilities, mining and petroleum companies; and in government, research and educational institutions
Common job titles
  • engineer, hydrogeological
  • engineer, petrography
  • engineer, rock sciences
  • engineer, hydrogeological
  • engineer, petrography
  • engineer, rock sciences

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$100,359

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Geological engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan, develop and co-ordinate programs of geotechnical, geological, geophysical or geohydrological data acquisition, analysis and mapping to assist in the development of civil engineering, mining, petroleum and waste management projects or for regional development
  • analyze and prepare recommendations and reports for construction or improvements to foundations of civil engineering projects such as rock excavation, pressure grouting and hydraulic channel erosion control
  • analyze and prepare recommendations and reports on settlement of buildings, stability of slopes and fills, and likely effects of landslides and earthquakes to support construction and civil engineering projects
  • carry out studies on groundwater flow and contamination and develop regulations for site selection, treatment and construction
  • plan, develop, co-ordinate and carry out studies in mining exploration, mine evaluation and feasibility studies concerning the mining industry
  • carry out surveys and studies of ore deposits, ore reserve calculations and mine designs
  • supervise technologists, technicians and other engineers and scientists

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or school, or an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to various weather conditions.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in geological engineering or in a related discipline is required.
  • A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
620
Average annual employment growth:
1.5%
Expected number of job openings:
220
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
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N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
110
Average annual employment growth:
0.6%
Expected number of job openings:
30

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Geological engineers work closely with geologists and other scientists and engineers, and mobility is possible between some fields of specialization and between engineering specializations at the less senior levels. Also, engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.

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