structural engineer job description
Structural engineers spend much of their time in the field at jobsites where roads, bridges, dams, plants, buildings, and other structures are under construction. They may work in the public or private sector, in engineering firms, public administration, residential, commercial, and industrial construction, amusement park design, manufacturing, and transportation.
A structural engineer divides his or her time between design review and site visits, to make sure that the build complies with the plans, local and territorial codes, environmental factors, best industry practices, and sound engineering principles. If there are discrepancies, he makes recommendations and verifies that required changes are made before he signs off on the finished project.
Structural Engineers can advance to senior engineering and supervisory positions. Since they work in a multidisciplinary environment, they may eventually move into city planning, other engineering disciplines, sales, marketing management, law, or writing.
With increasing concern for safety, weather-resistance, and environmental impact in the construction industry, structural engineers are more in demand that ever. A package of education, experience, software expertise, and problem-solving skills will help an upcoming Structural Engineer go far.
Required Skills and Training
Structural Engineers must have a Bachelor's degree, usually in Civil Engineering. A graduate degree in Structural Engineering is a plus – and a necessity to advance. Given the strong international flavor of Canada, candidates who speak a third language in addition to English and French have especially bright futures.
Many employers prefer graduates who have gained experience in a cooperative education program for entry level jobs. Many positions require several years of experience.
Skills and Certifications:
Structural engineers require certification by a provincial or territorial association to practice as a Professional Engineer. They must also register within their province.
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