Structural engineer

Designs, plans and oversees the construction of new buildings and bridges or alterations and extensions to existing properties or other structures.

Job description

Structural engineering is a specialism of civil engineering. It is the science and art of designing civil engineering facilities so that they can safely resist the forces to which they may be subjected. Structural engineers are key creative members of every design team; around the world they are committed to sustainably developing a safer built environment.

Structural engineers combine expertise with innovation to meet any building challenge and are concerned with the design and construction of buildings, bridges and special structures. They aim to design these structures with safety, economy and elegance. They form part of the team of professionals involved with construction projects and therefore work closely with architects, quantity surveyors and building services engineers.

Work activities

  • Undertaking technical and feasibility studies including site investigations
  • Using a range of computer packages for developing detailed designs
  • Undertaking complex and repetitive calculations
  • Liaising with clients and a variety of professionals including architects and subcontractors
  • Compiling job specs and supervising tendering procedures
  • Resolving design and development problems
  • Managing budgets and project resources
  • Scheduling material and equipment purchases and delivery
  • Ensuring the project runs smoothly and the structure is completed within budget and on time.