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Our business is built on people.

Whether you are fresh out of school or an expert in your field you could find a fantastic career here with us.

We provide all vocational and external training in a programme tailored to suit your experience and aspirations.

Based in Gloucester, we are a progressive, energetic and friendly company with a renowned and enviable reputation for innovation.  

We have a wide client base, ranging from private individuals right through to large multidisciplinary Consultants, who require large scale and complex ground investigations.  

With bespoke facilities based in Gloucester, at the foot of the Cotswold Hills, there are excellent transport links to London, Bristol, Cheltenham, Birmingham and beyond, providing opportunities outside of work for travel, sport, recreation and the arts.

Our vacancies

Stores

Posted 3 weeks ago

Due to a significant increase in workload, we are currently recruiting for a storeman/driver to work in our Core Store. We are looking for a hardworking, dedicated individual with great teamwork and communication skills. You will need to be adaptable and able to work to tight deadlines. The role involves ensuring the premises (including racking) […]

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Engineering Geologist

Posted 1 month ago

We are delighted to be recruiting for experienced Engineering Geologists to join our team. Our ideal candidates will be ambitious, career driven, have a passion for geology and engineering and can work both remotely and in large project teams.  The role: Technically challenging and varied project work across the UK. Project supervision and in-field project […]

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Laboratory Technician

Posted 1 month ago

Due to a significant increase in workload, we are delighted to be recruiting for Laboratory Technicians. The role involves testing soils and rocks to British Standards and providing data to our Clients which they use in their design. We are looking for ambitious, hardworking, dedicated individuals, with great teamwork and communication skills. You will need […]

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Contract Management

Gloucester

Posted 1 month ago

Geotechnical Engineering Ltd is the largest independent ground investigation contractor of its kind in the UK.  Based in Gloucester, we are a progressive, energetic and friendly company with a renowned and enviable reputation for innovation.  We have a wide Client base, ranging from private individuals requiring bespoke services or advice, right through to large multidisciplinary […]

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Assistant

Posted 1 month ago

Geotechnical Engineering Ltd is the largest independent ground investigation contractor of its kind in the UK.  Based in Gloucester, we are a progressive, energetic and friendly company with a renowned and enviable reputation for innovation.  We have a wide Client base, ranging from private individuals requiring bespoke services or advice, right through to large multidisciplinary […]

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Geotechnical Engineering Ltd is the largest independent ground investigation contractor of its kind in the UK.  Based in Gloucester, we are a progressive, energetic and friendly company with a renowned and enviable reputation for innovation.  We have a wide Client base, ranging from private individuals requiring bespoke services or advice, right through to large multidisciplinary […]

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Engineering Geologist

Posted 1 month ago

We are delighted to be recruiting for graduate and experienced Engineering Geologists to join our team. Our ideal candidates will be ambitious, career driven, have a passion for geology and engineering and can work both remotely and in large project teams.  The role: Technically challenging and varied project work across the UK. Project supervision and […]

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Lead Driller

Gloucester

Posted 2 months ago

Geotechnical Engineering Ltd is the largest independent ground investigation contractor of its kind in the UK.  Based in Gloucester, we are a progressive, energetic and friendly company with a renowned and enviable reputation for innovation.  We have a wide Client base, ranging from private individuals requiring bespoke services or advice, right through to large multidisciplinary […]

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Training

Gloucester

Posted 3 months ago

Work experience or a university placement will give you the advantage you need when you are applying for a job or a university place. Which placement? If you are at university, we can offer flexible placements from a few days to a year. You will need to be studying for a relevant earth science-based subject […]

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Utility Surveying

Posted 8 months ago

Geotechnical Engineering Ltd is the largest independent ground investigation contractor of its kind in the UK.  Based in Gloucester, we are a progressive, energetic and friendly company with a renowned and enviable reputation for innovation.  We have a wide Client base, ranging from private individuals requiring bespoke services or advice, right through to large multidisciplinary […]

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Careers with GEL - FAQ

Here you will find answers to commonly asked questions, we have tried to give you as much information based on the feedback we receive but if you have a question and you can't find the answer here, give us a call or send us an email, we don't bite!

What is Geotech all about?
Established in 1961, Geotechnical Engineering Ltd, affectionately known as Geotech, is the largest independent ground investigation contractor of its kind in the UK.  Based in Gloucester but covering the whole of the country, we are a progressive, energetic and friendly family owned company with a renowned and enviable reputation.

We have a wide Client base, ranging from private individuals requiring bespoke services or advice, right through to large multidisciplinary consultants and main contractors who require us to carry out large-scale and complex projects on their behalf.  We work on railways, roads, petrol forecourts, electrical substations, nuclear power stations, schools, prisons, beaches, mountains and everywhere in between.

The foundations of our organisation are built upon a number of highly effective teams, who work closely together, in order to deliver an unrivalled service to our Clients. Our dedicated teams of land drillers, engineering geologists, utility surveyors, technicians, laboratory staff and support teams all play a vital role in ensuring that these services are delivered to quality, on budget and on time, every time.  

Our motto is there has to be a better way of doing things.  For over 50 years we have been at the forefront of the industry in introducing new methods and techniques, from plant and equipment to systems and best practices to software and technology, and we are always investing in R&D.

I’ve never heard of ground investigation. What exactly is it that do you do?
Ground investigation is the best-kept secret in civil engineering. Before anything is built or excavated, from a drainage duct to the Shard, engineers need to understand what is going on beneath ground level as this influences what can be built on it or underneath the surface.

The ground consists of soils and rock and when these materials are compressed (by building on it) or are no longer confined (by excavating it) the ground can change behaviour and, if not designed properly, can result in collapse or subsidence which can prove to be both dangerous and expensive.

The water that falls as rain or snow that doesn’t reach rivers or lakes also finds its way into the ground and is stored as ‘groundwater’. The water, and the level moisture in the soil also has a huge impact on the design of structures and excavations. As well as the soil and rock, buried beneath the surface are the utilities and structures we take for granted every day, such as gas pipes, electric cables, railway tunnels and fuel tanks and we need to make sure these are not damaged during the construction work.

Through prior planning and preparation and then investigating the ground beneath the surface we can make sure this collapse, subsistence and damage does not happen. By providing accurate data to Clients we essentially reduce their ‘geotechnical’ risk to keep people safe and save time and money at construction stage. We do this by forming exploratory holes, normally boreholes, and take samples from them and often we put instruments in these holes to measure water levels, gas concentrations or movement over a period of time.

We describe, or ‘log’, these samples to a prescribed standard ”engineering language” then mimic what will happen to that ground by testing the samples in our laboratory and then collect all the information and data and write a report for our Clients.

I have no experience, what type of entry-level roles could I apply for?
We have lots of entry level roles within the Company and many of our staff come from a trade or customer services background rather than a construction or engineering.

For graduate engineering roles, you will need a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant earth science related subject or an equivalent QCF/NVQ level 6. For entry-level drilling, technician and surveyor roles you will need a manual driving licence and for the lab, you just need to live within a sensible commuting distance as we will teach you everything else.

The only common prerequisites are that you have the right to work in the UK, and have a reasonable command of the English language. 

I’m ex-military, would it suit me?
Absolutely! Many of our site staff, support staff and management team found their second career in ground investigation. There are lots of similarities, such as thinking on your feet, problem solving, teamwork, logistics and mechanics which are great attributes to have in this industry.

There are also similarities in lifestyle, such as being away from home, physical demands and working outside in all weathers. But then there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes! Infantry soldiers make fantastic drillers, royal engineers make amazing site managers and warrant officers make excellent people and project managers. If you want to know more about transitioning to our industry or maybe spend some of your resettlement here to see if we are a good fit for you, give us a call on 01452 527743 and ask for Mark Panther.

What is Land Drilling?
Land drilling is the science (and arguably art) of forming boreholes and retrieving high quality samples for logging and testing. There are several different methods and the choice will be dictated by the reason for drilling the borehole, the depth we are going to and what we are expecting to find beneath the surface. 

Drilling is an exploration into the unknown – we are essentially paid to investigate what’s down there – so it is very much an educated guess before we get started and a driller must be ready for any eventuality using different techniques, drilling bits, tools, additives and polymers as they go.

The geology of the UK is one of the most varied on earth so a driller needs to have a good appreciation of how any type of ground will react and behave and use their skills and experience to choose the right equipment and parameters to maintain a clean, stable hole and extract top quality samples regardless of what they encounter. Drillers also need to carry out on site (called in-situ) tests to give real time data on strength, as well as drainage and permeability and be able to install a range of scientific instruments.

As well as the technical element, all site staff need to be excellent verbal communicators and able to manage the health and safety, environmental compliance, housekeeping, record keeping and cleanliness of the site, plant and equipment. They also need to learn a basic knowledge of mechanical engineering and hydraulics to monitor and maintain their own kit and need to be practical and good at problem-solving.  As we are in a service industry it also helps if you are a people person and customer focussed, and have the skills and patience to train others as you progress throughout your own career.

There is a lot of driving involved so you would need to live within a sensible commuting distance of our yard but we pay for your digs and give you a subsistence allowance when you are away. As a land driller, you join a very select group of people and some of our past colleagues now drill in Australia, Dubai, the Congo, Mozambique and South Africa either on oil rigs, in mines or exploring for precious metals and gemstones. 

What is Utility Surveying?
Utilities is the collective term for all of the pipes and cables that are found underground, such as gas, electric, fibre optics, telecoms, water, sewers and high-pressure fuel. Damaging these utilities is one of the biggest hazards in ground investigation.

To mitigate the risk, we use a range of special equipment to identify these ‘services’, such as ground penetrating radar, cable avoidance tools, sondes, hydraulic manhole lifters and signal generators and then use GPS to plot them on a map using software called AutoCAD. We may only be clearing a small location for drilling or we may be locating everything buried on site.

Utility surveyors tend to work autonomously and are responsible for all aspects of the contract including H&S and Client liaison and their projects can last from a few hours to a few weeks depending on the scope of the job. We use iPads to record data on site and store it in cloud for easy access. We provide you with everything you need including hardware, software and ancillaries so where you live is less important than other roles we have on offer. You will need to be confident and comfortable working on your own most of the time, be IT literate, have a keen eye for detail and be good with people.

What does an Engineering Geologist do?
An engineer has two primary roles, one is technical and the other supervisory. The technical role relates to describing the samples extracted from the exploratory holes to a prescribed British standard and interpreting the information and data obtained relative to the geological conditions encountered.

The supervisory role relates to being the main on-site point of contact for the Client, site crews and project manager, and making sure the project is kept to time, to spec and on budget or communicating effectively and problem-solving if things don’t go to plan. Engineers are generally required to have a bachelor’s degree (or QCF/NVQ/SVQ equivalent) in an earth science-related subject, such as geology, geotechnical engineering or geoscience.

Most of what you learn at university is not directly relevant to ground investigation (you won’t use strike and dip, phase diagrams, electron microscopes or stereonets; is that a ‘phew!’ I can hear??) but you do need to have a good understanding of the physical properties and behaviours of UK soil and rock types, their geographic distribution and their depositional/formational environments so that you can accurately interpret what you find.

Like with the drilling role, all engineering staff need to be able to manage and subsequent run the health and safety, environmental compliance, housekeeping, record keeping and cleanliness of the site and equipment. Again, as we are in a service industry it also helps if you are a people person and customer focussed, and have the skills and patience to train others.

There is also a lot of driving involved so you would need to live within a sensible commuting distance of our yard but we pay for your digs when you are away and give you a subsistence allowance.

What training and development can I expect?
There are two main types of training we do – internal (on-the-job) and external (industry-recognised). The external training falls into safety-critical courses such as first aid, cable avoidance and CSCS, and access courses such as PTS (rail), National Grid Person (substations) and SPA Petrol Retail (petrol forecourts).

There is no course you can go on in advance to learn any of our trades as we work in a very niche part of the construction industry but there are some websites you can visit like the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) and the British Dilling Association (BDA).

There aren’t even any recognised apprenticeships so we teach you everything for the role in-house (educate demonstrate imitate) using our own field guides and standard operating procedures supplemented by external courses on health and safety. When you first join you will go through a drug and alcohol test and basic medical and then an induction before starting the onboarding process.

This onboarding will be interspersed with eLearning, internal workshops, seminars and external training courses and involves you working closely with our team managers who will guide you through the basics at your own pace. You will then shadow an existing crew until both you and your manager are comfortable that you have a thorough understanding of the role and the health, safety, quality and environmental requirements before you head out to site.

Once you have completed your basic training you will undergo further training to our standard operating procedures and field guides and there is a competency matrix for you to follow to progress through the grades.

It is not all to do with technical ability though, you must also have the right attitude and demonstrate positive behaviours to succeed too, and the onus is on you to challenge yourself and push yourself forward. You will have regular training reviews with your line manager and an appraisal at least once a year. Once you have grasped the basics there are a number of courses depending on your field of expertise. On the drilling and surveying side there are NVQs (or QCFs) and for the engineering team, there is our in-house Geotechnical Academy.

For both engineering and surveying there is also the road to chartership. We actively encourage CPD and pay for one subscription to a professional body, such as the Geological Society of London or the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors but it is up to you to record your development journey and keep it up to date which you can do on our learning management system and to attend the field trips, seminars and lectures to build up your CPD hours. Our in-house scrutineers and senior staff will guide you through each stage of the process. 

Training

We believe that training and development are vital to the success of the company.

All our staff are given the necessary training to develop the knowledge, skills and attitude that they require to carry out their jobs safely and effectively.

We also offer every opportunity to new staff to develop their professional careers.

Managers review training plans regularly with their staff.

Courses as required

SPA - Safety Passport Alliance (petrol retail) | National Grid Person (substations) | BESC - Basic Electrical Safety Competence (substations)

HSG47 - Cable Avoidance | First Aid at Work | Emergency First Aid at Work | LPS - Loss Prevention System for petrol refineries | PASMA - Scaffold Tower Erection

Abrasive Wheels | Thames Water Passport | EUSR Water Hygiene | SMSTS - Site Management Safety Training Scheme

SSSTS - Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme | IOSH - Safe Supervision of Geotechnical Sites

SiLC - Specialist in Land Condition | NEBOSH - National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health

NVQ Level 2 - Land Drilling | NVQ Level 2 – Support Operative | BDA Audit

PTS AC & DCCR | ICI | Van Smart | Cycle Safety | Streetworks Supervisor | Streetworks Operative

CSCS - Construction Skills Certification Scheme

SEATS -  Site Environmental Awareness Training