Interested in Bridge Engineer roles? Let us take you through what it takes to be a Bridge Engineer and what you can expect in return for doing this role.
Bridge Engineers are involved in the design and construction of new bridges, as well as the evaluation and renovation of old ones.
A specialism of a civil engineering and similar to structural engineering, they must have a good understanding of structures, the strengths and weaknesses, as well as further engineering principles. Many Bridge Engineers specialise further into specific bridge types. This is because there are very few similarities in the design of suspension bridges and arch bridges.
A large proportion of a Bridge Engineers work is based around project managing the construction of these bridges, you must have good organisation skills, the ability to manage a project and good communication skills. They must have an eye for design, and ability to solve problems. Most Bridge Engineers will be educated to at least degree level, many are Chartered Bridge Engineers.
Having an understanding or experience in risk management is beneficial, as is have a project management qualification such as Prince2.
What you can expect
Entry level salaries start at around £18,000, but with experience higher earners can go on to earn over £50,000. Career progession is often in the size or complexity of the projects.
The role often requires site visits to find information so travel is often part of this role, however the majority of work is officed based for example, calculating and analysing the loads a bridge must overcome and then deciding on the correct construction.
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