Engineer – Structural

A building or bridge that can withstand intense winds extreme weather conditions minor to moderate earthquakes and the general pressures that all structures endure on a daily basis is the goal of a structural engineer. Together with other professionals such as architects civil engineers and engineering technicians a structural engineer evaluates the potential situations that could occur given the location climate and potential for natural accidental or even deliberate disasters and designs the strongest and most structurally sound buildings bridges or transportation systems as possible. When working with existing buildings or structures a structural engineer is often hired to evaluate its sturdiness and design and recommend ways to modify and add support so that it is up to current safety standards. Constraints that structural engineers often face are strict budgets and limited timeframes. Therefore structural engineers must be highly knowledgeable about the most cost-effective materials to use for projects and they must know the state and federal regulations that are in place to ensure that the safest and sturdiest structures are built. Structural engineers must possess a bachelors degree with an emphasis in engineering but many also have a masters degree. A talent in the subjects of mathematics physics computers and science is essential for success in this profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the salary range for a structural engineer is $48140 to $115630 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $81885
High Salary: $115630
Low Salary: $48140
Tasks: Designs stable structures.
Calculates the stress that a structure can endure.
Works with civil engineers and architects.
Knows the strength of materials used for constructing buildings and other structures.
Also Called: Building Engineer
Construction Engineer
Civil Engineer
Design Engineer
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