Structural Engineer

As a structural engineer, you analyse the static properties of all types of structures. This includes testing the behaviour and durability of materials used in their construction. You design and supervise the construction of all types of structures.



  • Salary 
  • National and international work opportunities
  • Professional role
  • Working in an office and outdoor settings 
  • Technical work 
  • Many career options 

A typical day may involve:

  • determining construction methods, materials and quality standards
  • drafting and interpreting specifications, drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures
  • analysing structural systems for both static and dynamic loads
  • designing structures to ensure they do not collapse, bend, twist or vibrate in undesirable ways

It helps to be good at:

  • communicating clearly
  • solving problems
  • analytical thinking
  • working calmly under pressure

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Bachelor of Science (Civil and Structural Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (4 years)


  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (4 years)

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction
  • Mining

Related Roles

  • Engineering manager 

  • Civil engineer

  • Transport engineer


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