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A Geotechnical Contractor is a type of Civil Engineer that focuses on building foundations.

Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £50,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A Geotechnical Contractor is a type of Civil Engineer that focuses on building foundations.

What they do

Geotechnical contractors are concerned with the detailed technical analysis of earth material and the risk assessment of geological hazards.

This role involves assessing the integrity of soil, rock, groundwater and other natural conditions prior to any major construction projects or building work.

They also advise on procedures required for such developments and the suitability of appropriate construction materials.

Typical tasks include:

  • Studying foundations, including looking at current building foundations and how they are affecting the ground around them
  • Consulting geological maps and aerial photographs to advise on site selection
  • Assisting with the design of built structures
  • Collating data and producing reports
  • Helping architects and contractors determine whether land will support the planned structure
  • Finding solutions for building on sloped ground
  • Creating plans for highways, bridges, retaining walls, tunnels and terraces
  • Spending time on site overseeing work
  • Research and project updates
  • Analysing soil and land samples to determine the soil makeup and strength in different areas
  • Planning detailed field investigations by drilling and analysing samples of deposits
  • Advising on problems such as subsidence

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained geotechnical engineers can earn in the region of £21,000 and £23,000 per year
  • Trained with experience geotechnical engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 and £50,000
  • Senior, chartered or master geotechnical engineers can earn up to £100,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.

Most full time positions are 40 hours a week. Overtime is often require.

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

A variety of degree subjects are acceptable for entry into the profession. These include: 

  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Geophyics
  • Geotechnology
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Phyics
  • Engineering

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Career trends and forecasts

3980 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 3980 civil engineers (which includes geotechnical contractors) to meet demand between 2017 until 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Greater London followed by East of England and North West.

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