Structural Engineer

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Structural engineers specialise in designing the framework and foundations of structures such as bridges, sports stadia, masts, tower blocks and coastal and offshore oil platforms. They ensure the structures can withstand forces such as machinery, traffic, storms and earthquakes.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting pay for structural engineers is around £20,000 to £30,000 a year. With a number of years’ experience this can rise to around £44,000. Chartered engineers with over 10 years’ experience can expect to earn up to around £60,000 a year, sometimes more.


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Getting In

Jobs for civil or structural engineers can be with industrial companies, contractors, consulting firms, water companies, oil companies, local government or in research organisations.

What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

Tomorrow's engineers website provides further information.



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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