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Job Description

Structural Engineers help design the structures that large scale building projects consist of - including the materials that will be used and the manufacturing techniques which should be adopted when constructing it to ensure that it will stand up to the stresses and pressures imposed by environmental conditions and use.

Some examples of projects that a structural engineer can be involved in include bridges, hospitals and sports stadiums.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification in structural or civil engineering.

You could also start as an engineering technician by completing an HNC, HND or foundation degree in an engineering subject. You can then become a fully qualified structural engineer with further training on the job.

Studying for an accredited qualification can help your career prospects. You’ll find accredited courses from Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).

The Institution of Structural Engineers and Go Construct have more information about careers in structural engineering.

Career Path and Progression

You could move into construction design, project management, research and lecturing. 

You could also move into consultancy work, like providing services to building insurers, or work overseas on construction and engineering projects with disaster relief agencies like RedR UK.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Architect
  • Civil engineering technician
  • Construction manager

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • good interest in the design and structure of buildings
  • good communication skills both written and verbal
  • ability to liaise with other construction professional
  • attention to detail
  • ability to understand plans and design
  • good problem solving skills
  • ability to make decisions
  • team working ability
  • excellent skills in maths, IT and science

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £50,000

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