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You might hire a structural engineer to:

  • Design structural elements in accordance with project goals, with an eye to safety and functionality

  • Recommend appropriate materials and construction methods for a project

  • Perform site visits and write progress reports, giving feedback to architects, contractors, and other colleagues as needed

  • Manage projects and document progress within a database


Required skills and qualifications
Preferred skills and qualifications
Engineering certification relevant to country of employment Registration with a professional society relevant to country of employment, such as the Institution of Structural Engineers
Expert knowledge of construction materials and methodologies Knowledge of design software, like AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, or RISA
Expert structural calculation and design skills Experience managing a database
Strong drafting capabilities Working knowledge of compliance, zoning, and building legislation
Collaborative approach, and comfort working within a team Leadership experience