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Taking the Geotechnical Engineering Major will give you much greater depth of knowledge in this field along with breadth of skills across all disciplines in Civil Engineering. As a student in the Geotechnical Engineering Major you will undertake advanced units of study in the design of foundations, computer modeling, and environmental geotechnics. Graduate geotechnical engineers may be involved in examining the soil and rock layers that make up the earth in order to determine their physical and chemical properties so that they can design foundations and earthworks structures for buildings, roads, and many other types of projects.

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You might find yourself working on a commercial building site in the city one day and drilling at a river crossing in far north Queensland the next. As a geotechnical engineer you may choose to; investigate various sites to determine the bearing capacity of the given natural material or design landfills for society's waste products, protecting the environment.

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