The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Soil engineers study soils to determine suitability for construction and land development. They make recommendations concerning building heights and loads and write environmental impact statements and reports.|
|Duties:||They study and analyze surface and sub-surface soils to determine what engineering design principles are needed for new construction and development projects.
Inspect proposed construction sites, set up and operate test equipment and drilling machinery to obtain data and soil and rock samples.
Estimate stability of soil and its ability to bear the weights of constructions and vehicles. Make design recommendation for building foundation design, slope angles, grading and heights.
Participate in environmental studies to determine impact of new developments and constructions on soil erosion. They prepare charts and maps of soil areas being studied.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
|Job Outlook:||Employment of soil engineer is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Employment growth should result from the need to increase crop yields to feed an expanding population and to produce crops used as renewable energy sources.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$38,000 to $43,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program with a concentration in geology and civil engineering is the typical educational requirement for this occupation. Courses in materials sciences and computer applications are essential. All states require certification by passing a written examination.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.