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Geotechnical Engineering Technicians

Descriptions & Duties

  • Geotechnical Engineering Technicians perform technical tasks on geotechnical aspects of buildings and other infrastructure projects. They also help on commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Construction project implementation knowledge and skills

To help Geotechnical Engineers to implement geotechnical engineering projects, Geotechnical Engineering Technicians must understand and familiar with their responsible tasks from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals, peers and subordinates and have to ensure that the projects are well completed.

Professional knowledge and skills in geotechnical engineering

Geotechnical Engineering Technicians must always apply professional knowledge and skills in relation to geotechnical engineering to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically have a higher diploma or a degree in civil engineering, or equivalent


  • at least 1-2 years in ground investigation

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$60,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$70,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Training Pay Scale Point 4-6

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 9-22

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 23-29

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 30-37

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 38-41

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Geotechnical Engineering Technicians usually work in office, but may spend a lot of time working at construction sites, where they help solve geotechnical engineering problems at the construction sites.


  • Augers - Bucket augers; Hand augers
  • Compression testers - Compression testing machines
  • Hydraulic rock drills - Rotary rock drills
  • Hydrometers
  • Laboratory burets - Glass burets
  • Laboratory funnels - Wide-mouthed funnels
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders
  • Penetrometers - Pocket penetrometers
  • Permeability testing apparatus - Soil density testers
  • pH meters - pH testers
  • Pitch measuring instruments - Inclinometers
  • Portable data input terminals - Field data collectors
  • Precipitation or evaporation recorders - Precipitation gauges
  • Protective gloves - Safety gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Sampling syringes - Laboratory bulb syringes
  • Seismic recorders or seismographs - Seismographs
  • Shear strength testers - Torvanes
  • Vibration testers - Vibration monitors

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