The Duties and Services of the Structural Engineer
Structural Engineering is the science and art of designing and making, with economy and elegance, buildings, bridges, frameworks and other similar structures so that they can safely resist the forces to which they may be subjected.
Structural engineering is a specialty within civil engineering. Civil engineers design highways, airports, train yards and terminals, wharves and ports, beaches, water treatment facilities, aqueducts, retaining walls for landscaping, and tunnels. The structural engineer learns how to do all these things, too, but then specializes in buildings and frameworks. Structural engineers often do work that includes some civil engineering. For example, a new building may need some retaining walls around a loading dock or a small bridge so the driveway can span a creek.
Structural engineers design frameworks, including the structural framing for all types of buildings, bridges, towers, and amusement rides. The structural engineer is responsible for the design of the beams, columns, walls, floors, roof, and foundation of a structure. The engineer also spends time working out the details of how it all fits and the connections that hold it all together. Sometimes some of this responsibility is shared with other members of the design team. The structural engineer works with architects, contractors, plus other types of engineers such as electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and industrial engineers, and specialists like acousticians, metallurgists, and others.
One becomes a structural engineer by attending an accredited college or university that provides engineering training. After completing the college training, the new engineer studies under a licensed Professional Engineer learning the practical aspects of the profession and studying for a licensing examination. The structural engineer is not considered “professional” until he or she passes a rigorous examination to become licensed to practice engineering in the state in which the engineer works.
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