structural engineer

structural engineer

Job Description

Structural engineers design buildings, bridges, towers and tunnels. Some work as consultants to architects, helping implement structural systems that make preliminary drawings a reality.

Structural engineers can be involved in the demolition of old buildings. A structural engineer will always inspect buildings both during and after construction to ensure they are compliant with their procedures


Required NVQ

Graduate Red Technical Management & Supervisory CSCS Card

NVQ Trainee

Gold CSCS Card (Supervisors)

NVQ Level 3

Black CSCS Card (Managers)

NVQ Level 4

White/Yellow PQP CSCS Card


Why is this a Job for Me?

If you have a background in maths, science, geography and design and technology, and have an interest in unusual buildings or structures.

Average Salary

£40,000 - £45,000

Required Skills

  • Display keen commercial awareness
  • Highly analytical, good at Maths and ICT
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Managerial capabilities - able to meet deadlines and work to budgets
  • Up to date on Health, Safety and Environment and legal issues

Working Hours


Structural engineering design is primarily office-based work, and therefore usually requires standard working hours (9am-5pm), though these can vary as site work is often necessary early on in projects.

Qualification Pathways

BEng (Hons) Degree

Structural/Civil Engineering

Incorporated/Chartered Engineer status

Masters (MEng) Degree

Structural/Civil Engineering

Incorporated/Chartered Engineer status

Career Progression

structural engineer

Associate/Chartered member of Institution of Structural Engineers

Incorporated/Chartered Structural Engineer


Sustainability and climate change

You can help improve our environmental conditions, choosing natural building materials and using the principles of ancient building methods to improve conservation.

Forensic engineering

As the name suggests, you will be investigating failing structures that cause damage to property or injuries.

Seismic engineering

This job requires individuals who can design and maintain structures to withstand seismic activity such as earthquakes and tremors.

Humanitarian engineering

As a humanitarian engineer, you will contribute to disaster relief work where buildings and infrastructure have been destroyed.

Conservation and Restoration

Preserve historic materials and construction methods while recognising the often conflicting objectives of conservation and modern development.

Required PPE

Sturdy shoes with a protective toe box and non-slip soles

Hard hat

High-vis jacket


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