Responsible for designing any kind of structure so that it can fulfil a specific purpose, and remain safe, economic and functioning throughout its intended lifetime.
Investigate both the immediate loads and demands on the structure, as well as any likely future changes, and ensuring a structure is designed to withstand those loads.
As well as designing new builds, also ensure older structures remain safe, and often design refurbishment schemes to ensure long life for existing structures.
Working closely with architects, structural engineers are involved at every stage of a project as they use their creativity and innovation to come up with sustainable solutions to some of the greatest challenges we face, including climate change.
- Working closely on construction plans with clients, architects, and other professionals;
- Developing design ideas using CAD Software;
- Investigating the properties of materials like glass, steel and concrete, and advising which is most suitable;
- Working out the loads and stresses on different parts of a structure;
- Using computer simulations to predict how structures will react under different conditions;
- Inspecting unsafe buildings and recommending options for repairs or demolition;
- Making sure that projects meet legal guidelines, environmental directives, and health and safety requirements;
- Preparing bids for tenders;
- Supervising project teams;
- Giving progress reports to clients and senior manager.
Typical duties will include but not be limited to the preparation and/or modification of the following:
Civil/Structural engineering calculations.
- Civil/Structural engineering plans, design, and layout;
- Civil/Structural project specifications;
- Civil/Structural engineering portion of project proposals;
- Civil/Structural engineering portion of project cost estimates.
Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
- Perform structural design and analysis calculations using governing codes and standards, engineering formulas, skills, and experience;
- Layout and details portions of projects using schematic layout by project lead engineer. May be assigned responsibility for schematic or conceptual layouts when qualified;
- Provide drawing for own designs and produce sketches to incorporate in drawings by Designers/Drafters;
- Research design options and document findings for project lead engineer;
- Review shop drawings;
- Assume the lead engineer’s role on assigned projects;
- May serve as Project Engineer and as a designated Client contact on smaller, less complex project;
- Develop probable construction cost estimates for his/her projects within the department;
- May direct and supervise other Designers/Drafters activities;
- Coordinate work with other disciplines such as architectural, mechanical, electrical, etc;
- Handle routine contract administration;
- Able and available for site inspection and site supervision.