What does a Structural Engineer do?

A Structural Engineer is specialized in designing and analyzing various structures. They provide detailed calculations about the strength and stability of structures like bridges and buildings. A Structural Engineer will then collaborate with various departments from network engineers to support and operations to ensure a plan is in motion safely build the structure. A Structural Engineer works to balance various aspects of the project like safety to design. Additionally, a Structural Engineer researches advanced technology regarding best practices in the field and determines the most cost-effective solution.

A Structural Engineer is generally located in the building industry and work alongside other professionals to meet create concepts to meet client needs. They usually begin as Civil Engineers and as they advance on their career path within the company will become promoted to the role. A bachelor's degree is required for the position, with many holding degrees in Civil Engineering or related engineering fields. Individuals with a firm holistic understanding of both the operational and physical aspects of projects tend to excel in this position.

  • Mentor Civil Engineers and facilitate a holistic understanding as to the scope and plan for projects
  • Work closely with building department within the company to ensure hardware is available for projects and working properly
  • Define clear goals for all aspects of a project and develop steps for their proper execution
  • Provide detailed specifications for proposed solutions including time and scope involved
  • Account for possible project challenges or constraints and proactively seek to manage challenges
  • Assist other department engineers in creating practical demonstrations of proposed solutions and demonstrating them to other members of the team
  • Work alongside project management teams to successfully monitor progress and implementation of initiatives
  • Establish a framework for necessary contributions from various departments and facilitate their collaboration
  • Master's degree in Structural Engineering preferred
  • Experience developing schematics for structures in accordance with client specifications and safety standards
  • Project development and leadership skills are essential
  • Professional work experience in developing blueprints and designs for proposed structures
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with various operating systems
  • Ability to work with various departments to facilitate the orderly execution of a proposed project plan
  • Experience with software engineering, customer experience and design architecture
  • Advanced understanding of build materials, techniques and processes
  • Up to date understanding of best practices regarding building safety measures
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Structural Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$80,958 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $81K
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Sep 17, 2019

“But there is no innovation because there is such a low stake per person on the engineering side of things.”

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Sep 29, 2021

“High Turnover Rate that would be considered Embarassment at other Workplaces is Celebrated amongst Engineering Management.”

Graduate Structural Engineer
Sep 20, 2020

“Good luck during your salary review where everyone gets the same increment which is basically inflation.”

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Oct 18, 2019

“People are really nice and helpful”

Capital Engineering Consultancy
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Dec 17, 2020

“It is fun and friendly environment”

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Jul 1, 2019

“The Design Everest team are good people and enjoyable to work with.”

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Aug 4, 2021

“workers are great people and enjoyable to work with.”

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Aug 12, 2020

“I had so much work and so many competing deadlines that I was late on a few projects.”

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