HS2 Ground Investigation Engineer
What is an HS2 Ground Investigation Engineer?
First of all, it’s good to know what ‘ground investigation’ is! Also known as GI, ground investigation gives designers and engineers the information they need about the ground where we’re building our tunnels, bridges and other structures. It’s connected with geotechnics, which is all about the way engineering and the ground affect each other. Making the design of the railway and the structures around it safe and efficient is key, so an HS2 GI Engineer is responsible for organising the testing of the ground along the route, and sharing the information their team finds out about it.
So tell me more about how to be an HS2 Ground Investigation Engineer…
Being a GI Engineer is all about working with natural elements like rock and soil and understanding how they behave, so it is important that you have a keen interest in subjects like geography and geology. When picking subject options at schools, make sure you have a good mix of maths, science and geography as these will give you the background knowledge you need to progress into the right university courses.
Becoming an HS2 Ground Investigation Engineer: What does it take?
It’s a role which brings together geology and engineering – also sometimes described as geotechnics. The job involves understanding the ground to build the safest, most efficient railway possible. If you enjoy subjects like geography, biology, physics and Design Technology, that’s a great start. But you’ll need to be prepared to work hard to get the qualifications you need to work as an HS2 Ground Investigation Engineer.
Learning and development courses and training to build your career
Professional bodies such as the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the engineering group of the Geological Society offer continuing professional development (CPD) schemes. You can keep your knowledge up to date by going to central or regional meetings of specialised groups.
HS2 can help support you as you progress in your career. There are opportunities to attend conferences, seminars, and other events that will help you to build your knowledge and skills. HS2 also offer a mentoring scheme, through which you could benefit from the skills and experiences of more senior members of staff.