What does a structural engineer do?
Structural engineers work closely with clients, architects, contractors and other engineering professionals to make improvements to existing buildings, for example adding extra structural safety features. Duties might include:
- developing engineering plans using computer-aided design software
- investigating the properties of different building materials
- working out the loads and stresses on different parts of a building
- using computer models to predict how structures will react under a variety of weather conditions
What do I need to do to become a structural engineer ?
To do this job, you’ll need to have skills in maths and science and be good at solving problems. If you’re interested in the design and structure of buildings and have a lot of creative ideas, this could be the ideal career for you.
You'll normally need a degree or postgraduate qualification in structural or civil engineering. You may also be able to get started with a degree in a related subject, such as construction, the built environment or maths, but it may take you longer to qualify.
- Five GCSEs (A-C)
- Two or three A levels, including maths and a science subject (normally physics)
- Level 3 diploma in engineering
- HNC/HND or foundation degree in an engineering subject
- A degree in structural or civil engineering.
- Postgraduate qualification in structural or civil engineering
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Where could I be working?
As well as working in building construction, you could use your skills to work in construction design, project management, research and lecturing.