If you’re wondering what the hardest job is in both physical and technical terms, it’s probably geo-technical engineering work.
Not only do the people involved analyse, plan, construct and finalise foundation support structures for every structure. These professionals also consider the land stability against earthquakes and other natural events that can take place, whether atop a structure and beneath it.
Part of the job description of these little-known job classes includes concrete testing, subsurface utility engineering, NDT testing and geophysical surveying. So, how does one become a geo-technical surveyor?
Geo-technical engineering requires a bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) in related areas of study. Before one gets certified to investigate the stability, topographical component, geological makeup of an area, a geo-technical surveyor needs to pass through a series of exams and appropriate training and credentials.
A Branching Course of Study
There are only a few accredited universities offering degrees for geo-technical engineering per se, but a student can also gain the same amount of expertise and knowledge in a civil engineering course. Areas of specialisation should include, but not limited to:
- Blueprint drawing
- Materials science
- Computer science
- Environmental Science
On Master Programs
Most level-entry position for hopeful and certified geo-technical engineers only require a bachelor’s degree. But, for those who desire better and faster chances of qualifying as a certified specialist, they take a two-year master’s to improve their knowledge and credentials. The chosen master’s program should include soil mechanics, mapping principles, foundation construction and other critical subjects.
Countries that train and produce geo-technical engineers typically require two licensing exams upon graduation to qualify. With a sufficient degree and matching licensure, a prospect can search a preferred site or contact prospect employers to find entry-level employment. This serves as the crucial stepping stone towards taking the second and final licensure after they gather enough experience or right after an apprenticeship program.
As for any career, everything comes as a continued pursuit of learning and conformance. Though, geo-technical engineers probably have it rougher and tougher.