Globally Responsible
Careers in STEM

Structural engineer

Structural engineers are creative innovators who use their technical minds to design structures, solve problems and shape the world around them. You will design structures to withstand stresses and pressures imposed through environmental conditions and human use. You will ensure buildings and other structures do not deflect, rotate, vibrate excessively, or collapse and that they remain stable and secure throughout their use. You will also examine existing buildings and structures to test if they are structurally sound and still fit for purpose.

You will also be responsible for choosing the appropriate materials, such as concrete, steel, timber and masonry, to meet design specifications and will often be involved in inspecting the work and advising contractors.

Particular ethical debates related to structural engineering include the environmental impacts of the materials used.

Related SDG Goal
SDG Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
SDG Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
SDG Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
SDG Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG Goal 13: Climate action
SDG Goal 14: Life below water
SDG Goal 15: Life on land

SGR, Globally Responsible Careers 2021