The top 10 skills and qualifications in structural engineering today

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Posting date: 21 May 2024

TRS Staffing Solutions (TRS) is a specialist in engineering recruitment. In this article, we focus on opportunities in structural engineering.


For professionals in this field, there are many opportunities to specialise in different areas. Examples of roles that TRS regularly recruits are:

  • Site logistics management
  • Project accountants
  • Channel sales 
  • Civil engineering project manager
  • Building technologists
  • Construction manager


This list is far from exhaustive. Structural engineers with the right skillsets can anticipate successful careers in line with their working ambitions.

Top 10 Qualifications and Skills for Structural Engineers

Structural engineering is a field that combines creativity with practicality to design structures that are safe, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing. As a graduate or a professional in a technical role, here are the top 10 qualifications and skills you need to excel as a structural engineer:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in civil or structural engineering: This is the foundational step for any aspiring structural engineer. Universities offer four-year programs that cover essential topics like mechanics, materials science, and structural analysis.
  2. Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering: For those looking to specialize further, a master’s degree provides advanced knowledge in structural design, earthquake engineering, and other specialized areas.
  3. Professional Engineering (PE) License: Obtaining a PE license requires passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, gaining work experience, and passing the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam.
  4. Strong Understanding of Physics and Mathematics: Structural engineering relies heavily on physics and math. Courses in calculus, linear algebra, and physics are crucial.
  5. Proficiency in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software: Familiarity with CAD software like AutoCAD or Revit is essential for drafting and designing structures.
  6. Knowledge of Building Codes and Regulations: Understanding local and international building codes ensures that designs comply with safety standards and legal requirements.
  7. Project Management Skills: Being able to manage time, budgets, and resources effectively is key to successful project completion.
  8. Communication Skills: Clear communication with architects, contractors, and clients is vital for conveying design ideas and ensuring project requirements are met.
  9. Analytical Thinking: The ability to analyze complex problems and produce efficient solutions is a must-have skill for structural engineers.
  10. Continuous Learning: The field of structural engineering is always evolving. Engaging in professional development courses and staying updated with the latest industry trends is important.


Each of these qualifications and skills can be acquired through a combination of formal education, on-the-job training, and self-study. Universities and colleges offer degree programs and courses, while professional organizations provide resources for obtaining licenses and certifications. Additionally, software companies often offer training for their CAD tools. 


For current opportunities managed by TRS in structural engineering, please follow this link, roles available for structural engineers.


Please contact your nearest TRS recruitment consultant if you would like to receive further advice on jobs in structural engineering.

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