What is a Structural Engineer?
Structural Engineering is a specialty within Civil Engineering. Structural Engineers create drawings and specifications, perform calculations, review the work of other engineers, write reports and evaluations, and observe construction sites.
Becoming a Structural Engineer...
Structural engineers need a bachelor's degree in structural engineering or civil engineering. They study subjects like mechanics of materials, engineering hydraulics and structural steel design. The college should be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Why is a Structural Engineer is Needed?
A structural engineer is typically required whenever there are (1) structural changes made to an existing structure (2) when a new structure is being designed. Let's say a homeowner is looking to add-on to their home or hope to remove a load bearing wall to make a kitchen / great rooms.