Sunday, 18th February 2018


Structural engineers are the science behind the actual construction process. It is them who design and implement the actual combinations of materials that will make buildings and other objects strong, sturdy and able to withstand their usage. They come up with the layout of a building which the contractors will then build.

Safety is the number one priority for structural engineers and no matter the demands of clients and architects the constructions must be in the first instance safe for usage.

Structural engineers do not only work on buildings. Any vehicle or machine that will have usage and pressures upon it must be looked over by a structural engineer. Every decision must be a balance between the clients wishes and the safety to the users. To achieve this they must ensure there are funds in place for rigorous and extensive testing. To test to the full extent structural engineers will calculate the usage of said object and its associated pressures. Obviously to do this effectively demands a good knowledge of not only maths, design and engineering but also physics.

Most structural engineers will train in the standard way but then specialise depending on their interests and talents. Examples of specialist subjects could be aviation or bridge construction.

The job of the structural engineer has become harder in recent decades for many reasons. Firstly, designs have become grander, larger and more extravagant resulting in more rigorous testing and safety design. Secondly, we rely more and more heavily upon machines to do our jobs for us. The more machines that are built the more a structural engineer will become involved in the design and testing stages.