The Daily Responsibilities of a Structural Engineer

In the past, we’ve talked about what a structural engineer does while on the job and why you need one, but we know that a lot of people are bound to have questions about what it is we do just on a day-to-day basis. Structural engineering is much more than just the exciting building aspects that we get to be a part of. Before all of the big projects come together, there is a lot of work that we need to do in the background that you may not be aware of.

On the typical workday, you can probably find a structural engineer performing calculations or building computer-based models of a structure. He or she may be sitting at their desk, drawing supportive details and making change after change to make sure that it comes out as perfect as possible. You’ll most likely find that they’re not alone either.

Whether it’s over the phone or in person, a
structural engineer can often be found interacting with clients, architects, consultants and other team members on a daily basis. Once the drawings and the calculations have all come together, then comes the time that you’ll most likely find a structural engineer on the job site, working with contractors and ensuring that everything goes smoothly.

As you can tell, there is a lot more that goes into the daily life of being a structural engineer than simply watching everything come together. I think that you could say that this profession is a great mix of engineering, fieldwork and public relations.

(Post by Tray Allen of
James Thomas Engineering)    

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