Structural Engineer

Structural engineers build structures that must withstand the stresses and pressures of human use and environmental conditions. They configure structures, select suitable building materials, inspect construction work and ensure the structural soundness of buildings and structures.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Excellent numeracy skills

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Problem-solving

  • Scientific knowledge

  • Team player

  • Technical skills

  • Commercial awareness

  • Good attention to details

  • Project management

  • Budget management

  • Communication skills

PROS

  • Well paid Job

  • Demand never ends

  • Easy promotions

  • An abundance of practical knowledge

  • Chance to work abroad

  • Highly respected profession

  • Unique blend of Technical expertise and creativity

  • Intresting site work

CONS

  • Requires a lot of hard work and knowledge of maths and science

  • Challenging and stressful job

  • High risk of engineering failures if you make mistakes

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Private companies

  • Government jobs

  • Independent

  • Good in structural drawing and calculations

  • Interest areas in construction and architecture

  • Can handle stress and responsibility well


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Interesting Facts about the career

  • A structural engineer is someone who uses math and science to invent, design, build and care for structures of houses, roads, bridges, dams and airports. 

  • Structural engineering dates back to the period where branches and twigs for a tree were used to build shelters.

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