Structural engineers are now in high demand and with the forecasted building projects in the UK it is set to be a relatively secure role, it’s also become a dynamic profession with innovation and advanced technology driving new entrants into the building environment.  If you’re considering a career as a structural engineer, here’s a brief summary of skills and general responsibilities.


  • Advanced mathematical ability
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Good science knowledge
  • Flair for creativity
  • Good analytical and problem-solving aptitude
  • Three-dimensional conceptual skills
  • Outstanding project management
  • Ability to manage a budget
  • First-rate co-ordination, fluent multi-tasker
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Diagrammatic skills

General responsibilities:

  • Working with clients via various forms of communication
  • Liaising with architects, and other engineering professionals
  • Developing engineering plans using computer software
  • Material recommendations, ie which material is the most appropriate
  • Investigating the properties of building materials like glass, steel and concrete
  • Identification of loads and stresses on different sections of a building
  • Create drawings, specifications and computer models of structures for building contractor
  • Work with geotechnical engineers to investigate ground conditions
  • Analyse results of soil sample and in-situ tests
  • Liaise with contractors to ensure that newly erected buildings are structurally sound
  • Apply expert knowledge of the forces that act on various structures
  • Use computers and computer-aided design (CAD) technology for simulation purposes
  • Utilising technology to predict how structures will react to the weather
  • Recommendations for energy efficiency
  • Inspecting unsafe buildings and deciding whether they should be demolished
  • Bid and contract preparation
  • Progress report distribution

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