Missouri University of Science and Technology
As a geological engineer, you might investigate conditions and materials in the earth, work on problems associated with hazards such as landslide stabilization or seismic risk from earthquakes, consult on a wind-power facility, or develop sustainable drinking water supplies.
Geological engineers apply earth science principles to engineer solutions for environmental and hazardous waste issues, natural resource protection, energy sustainability and the design of geotechnical infrastructure such as tunnels, excavations, levees, dams and waste disposal sites.
GE's are called on to develop drinking water supplies, consult on groundwater cleanup projects and study contaminated sites throughout the world. Many work with renewable energy, such as wind turbines and solar power. Geological engineering research is typically not focused on inventing new things, but rather on utilizing and controlling the power of the natural world.
Where do geological engineers work?
GE's work for federal or state agencies or for construction, petroleum, or mining companies. Many geological engineers today are hired by environmental firms or renewable energy companies. Jobs are available in all parts of the US.
What is the difference between "geology" and "geological engineering?"
A geologist studies the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them. A geological engineer takes this knowledge and applies the principles of engineering (dynamics, mechanical properties, etc.) to asses risks posed by site conditions, design structures and foundations, conduct site reviews, and develop solutions to problems in the environment. Both are exciting careers that are similar, but still quite different.
Missouri S&T's Geological Engineering program has been ABET accredited since 1973.
Five years after graduation, many GE grads will be in management positions.
Many GeoEng jobs involve travel – often including international travel.
GE grads typically receive multiple job offers. Career opportunities are out-pacing the number of GeoEng grads to fill positions.
Geological engineers get to work outdoors nearly every day.
Average starting salary for S&T GeoEng grads: $55,333.