Geotechnical engineer


A geotechnical engineer undertakes foundation design work for offshore wind farms. These designs are based on soil samples obtained from offshore geotechnical investigations into seabed conditions which provide insight to the foundation design and installation.

Lifecycle stages

Development and project management.

Typical employer

Developer or specialist consultancy.

Place of work

Office, performing desk-based research and design.

Typical working pattern


Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 8 in a related engineering discipline such as civil engineering or geology followed by an NFQ level 9 in a geotechnical engineering field.

Chartered engineer with a recognised industry body.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include a graduate geotechnical or civil engineer role.

Transferable from similar industries such as oil and gas.

Career possibilities

Geotechnical engineers can progress on as senior or principal geotechnical engineers.

Full time salary estimate

€35,000 (Graduate level) -€90,000 (Principal) per year, depending on experience.