Structural engineers design and supervise the construction of structures like buildings, bridges and railways. Structural engineers have to make sure that a structure will remain safe, economical and functional for its lifetime.
- Manage and direct staff at the project site.
- Perform engineering duties; plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of buildings, bridges, and other structures.
- Research and analyse maps, blueprints, photos, charts, and other data to plan projects.
- Gather information to prepare and present reports on project topics.
- A bachelor’s degree in structural or civil engineering is required to pursue this field.
- Once this is obtained, the candidate must complete four years of initial professional development in order to apply for a professional review. The review consists of an interview and an exam. Once these are passed, the structural engineer can become an associate member (AMIstructE) or charter member (MIStructE) of the Institute of Structural Engineers. This allows the structural engineer to register with the Engineering Council as either an incorporated (IEng) or chartered (CEng) structural engineer.
- Mind of structural engineers need to be highly analytical, and they must understand the implications of decisions they make.
- Structural engineers need excellent communication skills and they have a keen commercial awareness.