Structural Engineer - How to become a Structural Engineer?


Structural Engineers are professionals who work with construction companies or otherwise carrying out designing, planning and analyzing various structures. They carry out their work with structures and buildings taking into consideration the ecological, economic, technical, societal and artistic factors. Those who have studied the diverse courses in Civil or Structural engineering can work as Structural Engineers.

Qualifying Exam

In order to become a Structural Engineer, individuals have to pursue the Bachelors’ program in Civil Engineering. These professionals have to study the program from a recognized college so as to become a licensed Structural Engineer. They should also obtain the State license so as to carry out their work in the State. Moreover, they ought to have detailed knowledge in structural design, dynamics, structural analysis, material science and structural mechanics. Aspirants who have done the diploma course in the relevant fields can be placed in the entry-level positions in the sector. Postgraduates in Structural Engineering can expect hikes in their career.

Who is eligible to apply?

A pass in the intermediate course in Science streams is the minimum eligibility required to pursue the graduation program in Civil Engineering. Those who have done the diploma program in the concerned areas can also study the B.E. or B Tech program in Civil Engineering. They can join the second year of engineering graduation through the lateral entry system. Graduates in Civil Engineering can study the postgraduate programs in Structural Engineering in India by clearing the GATE exam.

Key Points in the process

  • Complete the matriculation course.
  • Study XII or its equivalent taking Science streams with Mathematics.
  • Otherwise, study the Diploma in Civil Engineering program.
  • Pursue the B.E / B Tech program in Civil Engineering.
  • Carry out post graduation in Structural Engineering.
  • Search out for career in Government agencies or in private sector.

Skills required for a Structural Engineer

Structural Engineers require good knowledge and designing skills in addition to their technical expertise. As they may have to interact with laborers in their daily affairs, they need to have good communication skills in English and in the local language of the place. These professionals should also be up-to-date with the new technological advancements in their Structural Engineering so as to shine in the sector.



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2 Responses to “Structural Engineer - How to become a Structural Engineer?”

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    i have done civil and want to study structural engineering. is a course in structural engineering from outside India more valued than that in IITs or in private colleges like VJTI. And what is the minimum score (approx.) required to get admissions in structural engineering in good institutes both in GATE and GRE???

    Kindly suggest and help me out.

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    im doin final yr cvl engg.,i was advised 2 take strctrl engg., as major in P.G. but i’m afraid of takin strctrl..coz im not gud in basics..lik load,stress,defln,beam,colmn..but my guide advise me this as it may hav gud scope…i’m intrstd in envirn engg., suggest me ..any other courses than these 2..whch course i can choose..whch ‘ve gud scope? im totally confused & feel hectic..plzzzzz help me..!!!