Higher Diploma in Geotechnical Engineering
Application Code 報名編號 : HD138
Thriving development of the infrastructures in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area are expected to continue, resulting in a steady increase in demand for trained and skilled workers in the geotechnical industry for the next ten years and beyond. As stated in the Policy Address 2017, the HKSAR Government will continue procurement with various new development projects. Graduates with knowledge and skills at semi-professional level or above are in great demand who can be employed by construction or geotechnical engineering firms in the public or private sectors. In response to both the industry and community requirements, this new programme is designed to train our graduates for bright and competitive career prospects in the future.
Programme Aims & Features
This programme aims to provide students with the foundation training of engineering geology and geotechnical investigation. The curriculum is designed to prepare them for careers in related geotechnical engineering and construction sectors. Students will gain basic knowledge, transferable experiential learning, and hands-on project management skills via industrial placement, laboratory testing, field instrumentation, and site investigation on geotechnical or related engineering disciplines.
The programme has received support from local and international organisations in both the academic and industry sectors, including:
- Geological Society of London (Regional Branch)
- Geological Society of HK Professional Branch
- Association of Geotechnical & Geo-environmental Specialists (Hong Kong)
- Planning Division of Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) of Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) of HKSAR Government
- Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Geotechnical Division
- Site Investigation Contractors Committee (SICC) (Hong Kong Construction Association)
The programme has received tremendous support from the local industry. These organisations will provide job placement opportunities for students to gain first-hand knowledge of the industry and develop the skills required in the workplace. Students will apply the knowledge they have learnt during the placement. Those who perform well will also have the opportunity to build ties with the industry and facilitate their career development.
The programme is designed to satisfy requirements for Technical Officer (Geotechnical) in Geotechnical Engineering Office of the HKSAR Government and Class 3 Competent Persons requirements of government contracts as stipulated by the Building Department. Recognition of the programme is being sought for above credentials.
Opportunities for Further Studies
Graduates could apply for admissions to various UGC-funded degree programmes at local universities. Below are some examples*:
University of Hong Kong
BSc (Major in Geology)
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BEng in Civil Engineering
BEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
City University of Hong Kong
BEng Civil Engineering
HKU SPACE International College
Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to various degree programmes offered by HKU SPACE International College.
Graduates will be able to take up a broad range of positions in the private, public and government sectors in construction or civil engineering disciplines in HKSAR, civil or geotechnical engineering corporations, construction contractors or agencies. Graduates can also pursue further studies for career advancement to professionals.
Potential career opportunities for graduates include:
- Geotechnical field technician
- Assistant geotechnical officer
- Assistant engineer
- Assistant geologist
- Technical officer
Special Entrance Requirements
In addition to the minimum entrance requirements, applicants are also required to have obtained Level 2 or above in HKDSE Mathematics (Core) and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Combined Science or Geography, or equivalent.
*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.
Experiential Learning Course
Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment, timetabling and resources available