What's it like to be a Structural Engineer?
Structural Engineers are specialists within the field of Civil Engineering. They specialise in ensuring that the materials and framework used for construction of load-bearing infrastructure are safe, stable and can support the design of the structure.
Tasks and duties
- Investigate and survey the build site to determine the suitability of the earth for the requirements of the upcoming project.
- Design new structures that are safe and stable by applying the basic principles of physics.
- Inspect structures during and after construction to ensure they are properly constructed.
Structural Engineers apply principles of maths and physics to determine whether structures and the materials they are made from can withstand the pressures and stresses of their environment.
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How to become a Structural Engineer
- Complete a Bachelor of Engineering (majoring in civil engineering). This is usually a four-year course. Course structure and entry requirements vary between institutions.
- Structural Engineering is a specialty field of Civil Engineering, so some additional training is often required. After completing a Bachelor of Engineering, you may decide to continue studying in order to obtain an Honours degree with a focus on Structural Engineering.
- Consider further education such as a postgraduate degree in engineering in order to attain the level of Professional Engineer.
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