Engineer (Materials/Geotechnical)

What Does An Engineer (Materials/Geotechnical) Do?

Civil engineers design, build, and maintain construction projects including bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, and water supply and sewage treatment plants.  Engineers working in the material and geotechnical engineering area look more specifically at the materials that will be used and the land where projects will be built to make sure they are suitable for whatever will be constructed. 


Engineer (Materials/Geotechnical) Shorty

How Do I Become An Engineer (Materials/Geotechnical)?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in civil engineering is required to do this work, along with coursework in the geotechnical side of the field.  Some universities may offer degrees specifically in this area. Some organizations may require a master’s degree, which would likely take an additional two-three years to earn. The more education you have, the more marketable you are!

What is the Average Salary For An Engineer (Materials/Geotechnical)?

High – 125,000
Median – 80,000
Low – 50,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Engineer (Materials/Geotechnical)?

  • Science – As much as possible, including physics!
  • Math – As much as possible, including calculus!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Technical Writing
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • 3D Design & Printing

What Is The Work Environment For An Engineer (Materials/Geotechnical)?

Civil engineers typically work for engineering and construction firms and the government. Some engineers may spend some time outside monitoring their projects.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Engineer (Materials/Geotechnical)?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities are best for applicants who have graduate degrees (6 year college degrees).


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be An Engineer (Materials/Geotechnical)?