Looking at Structural Engineering jobs? We can help guide you through the role, what you can expect and what you’ll need to get your dream role.
Structural Engineers work on nearly every stage of the building process, from conception to construction. They work on builds of all sizes from relatively small structures to sports stadia and skyscrapers. In their role they often work alongside other professionals such as Architects and site managers. They design, create, analyse and problem solve in order to make sure the building can be built, will be structurally stable and durable.
Analysis allows the engineer to understand the load and stress caused by gravity, the building users and external influences. This will allow them to judge if the building can be built and select suitable materials for the structure.
Structural Engineers are required to be good communicators, creative, but most of all they must be great problem solvers. Problem solving is a major part of this role as these can often arise before and during a build. These must be solved in order to proceed with the build. They must have good practical skills, be able to sketch and draw, as well as use computer programs to model structures.
Many prospective structural engineers enter this industry as technicians. In order to do that you will need a national diploma or equivalent in an engineering related course, further information regarding these can be found here. Many others enter the industry after completing an engineering degree or a masters in a structural engineering related subject. Studying an accredited degree program is important if you wish to work towards incorporated or chartered membership so must be considered.
What you can expect
Due to the nature of this role, work is often split between on site and in the office.Therefore, travel is often part of this role. Depending on the nature of your work and your employer, there may be the opportunity to work on projects around the world. Work is are generally during normal office hours and between 35 and 40 hours a week.
Graduates can expect to earn between £18,000 and £23,000 whilst more experienced engineers can earn up to £40,000.Chartered Engineers can earn over £50,000.
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