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Structural Engineer

Structural Engineer

Become a Structural Engineer

Structural Engineers design structures such as sports venues, houses, hospitals and office blocks. They ensure buildings are designed to withstand pressures such as human usage and weather, so that they don’t collapse, vibrate or bend. They have excellent knowledge of materials to ensure they select the appropriate materials for each project. They work alongside the architects and advise contractors when the building work has started.

  • Analytical
  • Problem solving
  • Mathematical
  • Good grasp of physics
  • Communication
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent skills in maths, IT and science
  • Creativity
  • Project management skills
  • The ability to manage a budget

There are a number of ways you can become a Structural Engineer, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or Civil Engineering or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering other related subjects.


Starting salary is usually around £22,000 (graduate).

With experience this could rise to £24,000 to £40,000.

Highly experienced can earn around £50,000 (chartered engineer).

Find the perfect career for you

There are hundreds of job roles in construction, from site work to office work or a combination of the two. Some of the many careers are listed in our careers A-Z, simply click on the letter of the career you are interested in to find out all about it.