Published: 05 Jun 2009
What is a structural engineer?
A structural engineer will work closely with architects and designers to ensure that structures are safe and functional. The profession covers areas such as structural analysis and design, structural mechanics, foundation design and material properties.
Structural engineers are involved in the design of buildings or complex structures such as bridges even space satellites. They will normally use computers to simulate a range of solutions for the structure being designed.
The Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE) is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to structural engineering.
For more information and support visit the ISE.
How to become a structural engineer
Structural engineering is a speciality within civil engineering.
At A level it may be worth studying mathematics and physics or other sciences. Vocational qualifications must usually be in engineering, construction or related subjects, and a qualification demonstrating a good level of competence in mathematics is normally required.
You can become a chartered or associate member of the Institution of Structural Engineers following an appropriate course.
The institution produces a range of resources to support young structural engineers as they progress through school and university.
Salaries for new graduate trainees are in the region of £22,000 to £30,000, according to figures from 2008.
After 10-15 years experience expect to earn between £36,000 to £50,000.