About This Career
Geological Engineers conduct geological and geotechnical studies to assess the suitability of locations for civil engineering, mining and oil and gas projects. They plan, design, develop and supervise programs of geological data acquisition and analysis and the preparation of geological engineering reports and recommendations.
Geological Engineers may recommend the ground support systems, processes and equipment required for safe, economical and environmentally-sound drilling, mining or underground construction activities. They may also inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment and working conditions.
Education: A post-secondary degree in civil, geotechnical or geological engineering (or a related discipline) from an institution accredited by Engineers Canada is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found onshore and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Geophysical Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer, Hydrogeological Engineer, Reservoir Geomechanics Engineer, Pipeline Specialist, Engineering Geologist, Mine Engineer
Mild Physical Activity
- Construction of buildings (non-residential and residential)
- Public administration, including regulatory
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and quarrying
- Forestry and logging
Exploration and production
Oil and gas services
- Post-secondary degree
- Specific health and safety certifications will be determined by job requirements
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
- Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.
- To obtain a license as a professional engineer (P.Eng) you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a professional practice exam and have three or four years of engineering experience, of which one year must be gained in Canada. You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.