Route Map to Become a Structural Engineer

Engineering is what creates the physical world we live in. It is through the science and practice of structural engineering that we are able to enjoy the benefits of physical infrastructure like bridges, building, dams, subways, etc. a structural engineer is not merely an engineer. He / She has an even farther role to play in the making of a safe and livable physical world.

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The typical job duties and responsibilities of a structural engineer

Structural engineers work in close association with a wide range of stakeholders. They remain in constant connect with clients, contractors, architects and engineering professionals from other related fields of engineering. In any given engineer project, a structural engineer will be handling job responsibilities like:

  • Developing the structural design with the aid of CAD (Computer Aided Designing)
  • Identifying which material (glass, concrete, steel, etc.) to be used for the structure
  • Developing designs for core structural arts like foundations, beams, arches, pillars, etc.
  • Defining structural strength for the structure through 3-D modelling
  • Devising strategies to keep the structure intact during changing weather conditions
  • Communicating and convincing the structural design to the team of engineers, architects and contractors
  • Coordinating with project teams for review and recourse of the structure design

How does a Structural Engineer become capable of doing all this?

A professional course/certification in engineering is the established route to become an employable structural engineer. Specific programs like a SE lateral forces course make the engineer expert in particular structural engineering forms that are much sought after in the civil engineering industry.

To be eligible to take a SE lateral forces course an individual must hold a UG or PG degree in engineering. Acumen in science and math are also desired since the occupation deals largely with complicated calculations. From weight measurements to angle calculations, a structural engineer’s daily life is literally immersed in a world of numbers and figures.

Training and development to become a structural engineer

Having a degree or equivalent course only makes a student eligible to become a structural engineer. Training and personal development is what makes the student capable of being a structural engineer. Along with the training, the student might also be required to undergo on-the-job experience in order to be a complete market-ready structural engineer.

This training cum work experience can span anywhere in between 3 to five years. On completion of the same, the student will be able to take the structural engineering exam, the passing upon which he/she can pursue employment or professional practice as a structural engineer. Job opportunities for structural engineers are abundant in global powerhouses like Middle East, Europe and Asia.

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