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Higher Diploma in Geotechnical Engineering (New)

Programme Code: TBC Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315 ccadmissions@hkuspace.hku.hk

The heightened developments of infrastructures in Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area are expected to continue, resulting in a steady increase in demand for trained and skillful workers in the geotechnical industry for the next ten years or so. As stated in the Policy Address 2017, the HKSAR Government will continue to procure with various new development projects. The greatest demand by the workforce is graduates with knowledge and skills at semi-professional level or above that can be employed by public or private sectors for the construction or geotechnical engineering fields.

Programme Aims & Features

This programme aims to provide students with foundation training of engineering geology and geotechnical investigation. The curriculum is designed to prepare them for careers in related geotechnical engineering and construction industries. 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 strong local and international organization supports in both academic and industry sectors including Geological Society of London (Regional Branch), Geological Society of HK Professional Branch, Associate Geotechnical Society (AGS), 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, and Site Investigation Contractors Committee (SICC).

Job Placement

The programme has received strong local industry supports. These organizations 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 could also build ties within the industry and facilitate their transition into the workplace.

Professional Recognition

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 Building Department. Recognitions of the programme are being sought for above credentials.

Opportunities for Further Studies

This programme targets HKDSE students who are interested in pursuing a career after graduation in the geotechnical engineering and construction sectors. They can also choose to pursue further studies at bachelor degrees in geotechnical engineering, civil engineering or science (major in geology or geotechnical engineering).

University of Hong Kong

BSc Geology

BEng in Civil Engineering

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) in Civil Engineering

BEng (Hons) in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development

City University of Hong Kong

BEng in Civil Engineering

HKU SPACE International College

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to the full-time top-up degree programmes offered locally by HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the partners’ universities.

Career Prospects

Graduates will be able to take up a broad range of positions in both private, public and government sectors in construction or civil engineering disciplines including the Government of the Hong Kong SAR, civil or geotechnical engineering corporations, firms, or 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 the HKDSE Mathematics (Core) and a science subject, or equivalent.

  

GENERIC SKILLS

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Practical Chinese
  • Techniques in Engineering
  • English for Science and Technology
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Daily Life Applications

Experiential Learning Course

  • Industrial Placement (Geotechnical Engineering)

SPECIALISM

Core

Year 1

  • Structural Mechanics
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Properties of Construction Material
  • Elements of Geology
  • Description of Rocks and Minerals
  • Structures and Field Studies

Year 2

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Geotechnics
  • Field Instrumentation and Site Investigation
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Construction Project Management

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment, timetabling and resources available