Structural Engineer Job Description

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Structural Engineer Job Description

A structural engineer designs and analyses structures to ensure their safety, stability, and functionality. It is the responsibility of a structural engineer to ensure structures can withstand external forces and pressures, including high winds, earthquakes, or the weight of materials used in construction. Generally, the projects they focus on include roads, tunnels, bridges, buildings, towers, airports, and dams.


  • Conduct detailed analysis and calculations to assess the structural integrity, stability, and load-bearing capacity.
  • Undertake site inspections.
  • Assess the properties and suitability of construction materials, such as steel, concrete, timber, masonry, etc.
  • Design various reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete, and steel structures
  • Manage multiple projects and administer contracts.
  • Prepare accurate and detailed structural drawings, plans, and specifications that effectively communicate the design intent and facilitate construction.
  • Identify potential risks and hazards associated with structural elements and propose appropriate mitigation measures.
  • Ensure all designs meet project and local specifications.
  • Collaborate closely with professionals such as civil engineers, architects, civil engineers, and other related professionals involved in the design and construction process.


  • Hold a tertiary qualification in structural engineering or a relevant field
  • Have a solutions-orientated attitude with strong attention to detail and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Have experience in structural analysis, design, and detailing.
  • Strong understanding of structural analysis software, computer-aided design (CAD) tools, and other relevant structural engineering software.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and mathematical modelling skills.
  • Stay updated with relevant building codes, regulations, and industry standards related to structural engineering
  • Be a confident communicator, both in written and verbal form

Working Conditions

  • Travel will be required to worksites
  • Work in both an office and on-site environment
  • Work schedules tend to vary depending on project needs
  • Overtime may be required to meet deadlines or when nearing the completion of a project
  • A lot of collaborative work with other professionals working on the project
  • Work in a range of industries e.g. construction, utility, engineering consulting firms

Average Salary

  • $110k to $150k per year in Australia
  • $97k to $140k per year in New Zealand

Salary is based on © SEEK and © Indeed statistics and research.

This Structural Engineer job description is a guideline only and will vary depending on the company, project and location within the Australian/New Zealand market

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