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Sample structural engineer job description

[Company X] is searching for a qualified structural engineer to oversee projects and ensure that budget, timeline, and quality goals are met. The structural engineer will analyze project goals, design structural elements, perform field visits, make safety recommendations, and maintain a project database. We’re looking for a detail-oriented problem-solver with a project management background. [Company X] is committed to delivering high-quality infrastructure projects built with the greatest standard of safety in mind — and it all starts with exceptional analysis and design.

Objectives of this role

  • Apply technical knowledge to meet all stakeholder expectations

  • Ensure that each completed project meets local codes, regulations, and quality standards

  • Deliver structurally sound designs capable of withstanding routine use, the elements, and inspection 

  • Monitor project progress, ensuring it’s completed on time and within budget

  • Set design protocols according to relevant codes and standards

  • Advise civil engineers on best practices in building design and execution


  • Analyze project goals and perform structural calculations

  • Design structural elements of each project using computer software like AutoCAD, Revit, or RISA

  • Make recommendations for materials to use and safety measures to take

  • Oversee project management, like tracking budgets and maintaining a database of projects and their progress

  • Review shop drawings and provide feedback to colleagues 

  • Perform field visits and write reports detailing project viability and progress

Skills and qualifications

  • Engineering certification relevant to country of employment

  • Strong technical background in structural design

  • Deep knowledge of construction materials and methodologies

  • Proven drafting skills, exemplified by a portfolio of prior work 

  • Highly collaborative spirit and experience working in a team 

  • Problem-solving skills to quickly address issues that arise on-site and keep projects on track

Preferred qualifications

  • Registration with a professional society relevant to country of employment, like the Institution of Structural Engineers

  • Experience with design software, like AutoCAD or Revit

  • Project management experience

  • Working knowledge of compliance, zoning, and building legislation

  • Database management capabilities

  • Experience in a leadership role