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Our Geotechnical Engineering specialisation will provide you with the essential technical skills and knowledge related to geotechnical engineering, including the design of foundations, computer modelling, and environmental geotechnics.

Geotechnical engineers examine 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.

Graduate opportunities

As a graduate of our Geotechnical Engineering specialisation, you will be skilled to undertake a number of roles from investigating various sites to determine the bearing capacity of the given natural material, through to designing landfills for society's waste products, protecting the environment.

Your career as a geotechnical engineer might allow you to work on a commercial building site in the city one day and drill at a river crossing in far north Queensland the next. 

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