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What is a structural engineer?


What is a Structural Engineer

Structural Engineers are specialists in building design, construction, repair, conversion and extension of all buildings. They are concerned with the foundations, walls, columns, beams and roof members which form the structure of a building and ensure its stability. They are involved in the design and construction of small buildings like schools, houses and shop units as well as major projects such as bridges, office blocks, factories, sports stadiums and hospitals.

When the stability of any property is affected by, for example, subsidence, fire, flooding, or explosion, it is the Structural Engineer who will be able to determine the degree of damage and suggest the necessary remedial action.

What does it mean to be a 'Chartered' structural engineer?
Being a chartered engineer is a recognition of competence. To be a chartered structural engineer is typically a 3 year engineering degree course and then working in the industry before taking your professional examination. Chartered Structural Engineers are members of the Institute of Structural Engineers (I Struct E).

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