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What is the daily life of a Structural Engineer and is it a good field to get into? And why?

I am planning on achieving a bachelors degree in Structural Engineering. It sounds like it is a career that would interest me but I'd like to find a little more out about the job. #civil-engineering #bachelors-degree #civil

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Courtney’s Answer

Hi Brett,
As a structural engineer I use a lot of different codes and regulations to design buildings. Though this can aslo be applied to bridges. I design how floors , walls, and roofs get framed based on what load will be placed on them. I calculate what it will take for the buildings to last in seismic or heavy wind events, again based on the weight of the building, and also the location. On occasion I go out on construction sites to make sure the construction crew is building it correctly and answer their questions. I mark up plans and create small details (computer drawn sketches) that explain how important connections are made such as a beam to a column. This is just some of the things I do everyday.
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DAVID’s Answer


  1. is it a good field - yes, all aspects of a project design relies on a structural engineer...concrete, steel, wind loads, ....to balance the civil, electrical, environment, process and architectural aspects....a complete package to put out to bid

  2. find out more...do some research, talk to a structural engineer

  3. note...structural is a lot of computer answers, not glorious since no on sees your work...rebar in concrete for instance

  4. structural is very technical, high risk as noted by past structural failures, but someone has to do it
    but you have to be career driven by personal satisfaction to be a real designer
    think about it

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