So what’s the difference between Engineering Geologists, Geological Engineers and Geotechnical Engineers? That’s not the beginning of a geeky joke. But in most professional circles in this industry, it’s a question where the nuances of the answer seem to be lost on people. My degrees were in Geological Engineering, but I’ve been practicing as a Geotechnical Engineer for most of my professional career. But I get called a geologist, geotech, Civil Engineer, dirty guy…and probably some other things behind my back. I try to explain to people what the differences are, but I’ve struggled over the years to find the right words.