Structural Engineer









Youtube clip – A day in the life of a Structural Engineer

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What is a Structural Engineer?

A Structural Engineer is a kind of Civil Engineer and has a very responsible job. They are the experts on the design and monitoring of anything that supports or carries a load. They are the person who makes sure a building / structure is completely safe and does not fall down!

A Structural Engineer also makes sure that the structure / building meets all the necessary building codes.

What does a Structural Engineer do?

  • works closely with architects, construction managers, etc
  • works on CAD computer packages
  • investigates properties of building materials: glass, bricks, concrete etc
  • visits building / construction sites
  • carries out very careful inspections
  • inspects the foundations
  • checks all the infrastructure
  • makes sure structures are being built in accordance to the plans and building regulations
  • signs off each stage of construction before the next stage can begin

Are you . . . ?

  • very responsible?
  • intelligent
  • interested in large-scale construction?
  • detail orientated?
  • deadline driven?
  • careful?
  • safety conscious?
  • good at mathematics?
  • observant?
  • reliable?

How do I become a Structural Engineer?

You will have to qualify as a Civil Engineer.

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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Civil Engineering Technician or Civil Engineering Technologist

Is becoming a Structural Engineer the right career choice for me?