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As a structural engineer, you will face the challenge of analyzing and designing structures to ensure that they safely perform their purpose. They must support their own weight and resist dynamic environmental loads such as hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, floods and even terrorist explosions.

Projects in which structural engineers are involved include

  • stadiums
  • arenas
  • skyscrapers
  • offshore oil structures
  • space platforms
  • amusement park rides
  • bridges
  • office buildings
  • homes

You will develop and utilize knowledge of the properties and behaviors of steel, concrete, aluminum, timber and plastic, as well as new and exotic materials. To make certain that the plans are being followed, you will often be on the construction site inspecting and verifying the work.