Structural Engineering is a specialization or sub-discipline of Civil Engineering. Structural Engineers design, plan, and oversee the construction of structures such as buildings and bridges ensuring that they are safe and can withstand elements that they are exposed to.
Duties and Tasks:
Prepare reports, designs, or drawings needed for projects
Calculate pressures, loads, stresses, and strains of each component of the structure
Selecting appropriate construction materials considering strength
Examine structural risks and improve structural integrity
Monitoring and inspecting process of work by contractors and any other workers involved
Inspecting conditions and foundation of properties
Computer aided design (CAD) software
Three-dimensional conceptual skills
Materials requirements, planning logistics, and supply chain software
Highly skilled in mathematics and physics
Material resources management - ensuring the appropriate use of materials, equipment, and facilities to complete projects
Critical thinking - using logic to identify strengths and weaknesses of plans, explore alternative solutions, and come up with different approaches to problems
A graduate of BS Civil Engineering must take the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination in order to practice the profession. The Board of Civil Engineering facilitates the exam under the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) and is scheduled in May and November every year.
Other Specializations/Sub Disciplines for a Civil Engineer: