Structural engineering

Structural engineering  a specialty within the field of civil engineering focuses on the framework of structures, and on designing those structures to withstand the stresses and pressures of their environment and remain safe, stable and secure throughout their use. In other words, structural engineers make sure that buildings don't fall down and bridges don't collapse. 

Skills required by a structural engineer : 

  • A willingness to take responsibility for major decisions.
  • Good communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Familiarity with computers and software programmes.
  • In-depth scientific knowledge.

Responsiblities of a structural engineer :

  • Deciding which materials would be most suitable for each part of the structure.
  • Assessing the budget of each project.
  • Ensuring that legal regulations are maintained.
  • Making sure that health and safety guidelines are maintained.

The major employers of structural engineers:

  • Railway operators
  • Civil Engineering contractors
  • Public utility companies
  • Oil companies.

Some examples of structures are as follows :

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