How Do I Become a Structural Engineer?

How Do I Become a Structural Engineer?

September 14, 2019

“Structural engineer” might be a job title that you’ve heard of, yet aren’t sure what it is they actually do, how to become one and why you might want to. It’s not a career for everyone, but those who put in the time to pursue their passion should find it a rewarding profession that can take them anywhere they’d like to go.

If you’re looking for structural engineers in Hudson, CO, contact the experienced professionals at High Plains Engineering & Design, LLC.

What is a structural engineer and what’s the job like?

A structural engineer is a specialized civil engineer: they test the soundness and safety of the structures (which aren’t just limited to buildings) we’re surrounded with. Structural engineers make sure buildings and bridges can hold enough weight, won’t collapse in inclement weather and that their design is efficient. This work can be done for governments, private enterprises, in the industry itself or as a consultant.

Many structural engineers specialize in a specific kind of structure. This is because the job itself requires a high level of knowledge, from building materials to state regulations, which cuts down on the scope of their required expertise.

A workday is multifaceted: structural engineers can expect to handle a wide range of duties, from communicating with clients and contractors, to reviewing technical details, observing construction sites and staying on top of permits and regulations.

Educational and work requirements

Structural engineers in Hudson, CO must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in an engineering field. Having excellent skills in math, writing, problem solving and organization will help. Some folks choose to go on to earn a master’s degree in a specialized area or subfield, which allows them to do highly technical work.

As with many professions, it’s advisable to get on-the-job experience as quickly as possible, in order to move up the ranks. Those who aren’t able to get practical experience may choose to go on to a master’s program to learn similar skills, but it’s not necessary. That’s why it’s important to carefully choose your undergraduate and graduate schools—you should make sure they have reputable programs and a system to help students get job placements during or after graduation.

Licenses and credentials

Licenses and credential requirements will vary from state to state, but they all require a person to pass the Professional Engineering licensing exam before that person may officially call themselves a structural engineer. When hiring a structural engineer, it’s wise to ask about their education, licensing and any other applicable credentials in your state.

High Plains Engineering & Design, LLC has provided a range of excellent solutions to any type of challenges in the geotechnical, structural, environmental and civil engineering realms. We’ve been in business since 2006 and can help provide solutions in any of those areas, serving residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural clients. We’re also members of a number of prominent national organizations in our industry. Contact our structural engineers in Hudson, CO today to learn more about what we can do for you!

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