Structural Design Technologist

Structural design technologists work with structural engineers architects and various other professionals in the construction industry to design and build many different types of buildings and formations that can withstand the pressures of general use the environment and the weight of the materials used to build them. The profession of a structural design technologist is essential for the safety of the citizens who live work visit and use any type of constructed building or structure. Some of the daily tasks of a structural design technologist include working with structural and civil engineers to create plans for projects inspecting construction materials overseeing construction projects and ensuring that all safety rules and regulations are followed by construction workers. According to www.ehow.com structural design technologists must be proficient at using computer aided design software programs and they must be adept at math science and technology. An architectural background is helpful for this career. Most structural design technologists work in both offices and at construction sites. They often must be present at on-location so they can monitor the progress of a project troubleshoot and check for any safety-related issues. Some structural design technologists are hired to evaluate the condition of old buildings and determine if they are at risk of collapsing and how their structural integrity can be improved. The educational path to becoming a structural design technologist includes obtaining an associate’s degree in the field of either architecture or structural engineering but many have a bachelor’s degree with a major in a related field. Depending on the specific job and employer some structural design technologists must be licensed which involves passing an exam. The website www.cbsalary.com states that the average salary in the United States for a structural design technologist is $49535 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $49535
High Salary: $53535
Low Salary: $45535
Tasks: Helps to create plans for building projects.
Uses computer aided design ("CAD") programs.
Follows building safety codes.
Selects materials to be used in a project.
Also Called: Structural Designer
Civil Engineering Technologist
Design Building Technologist
Construction Design Technologist
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/facts_6781786_job-description-structural-designer.html
http://www.cbsalary.com/national-salary-chart.aspx?specialty=Design+Technologist+Drafting&cty=&sid=&kw=Design&jn=jn021&edu=&tid=17193
http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/p/types_of_job/structural_engineer_job_description.jsp