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Technician structural engineers are a key part of the design and construction team, working alongside a wider design and construction team.


Average salaries are in the region of £14,000.00 to £24,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Technician structural engineers are a key part of the design and construction team, working alongside a wider design and construction team. Together they create all kinds of structures from houses, theatres, sports stadia and hospitals to bridges, oil rigs and space satellites. 

What they do

Structural engineers make a difference and shape the built environment. They are people who enjoy a challenge, innovation, responsibility and excitement in a varied career. Structural engineering presents both creative and technical challenges and requires excellent problem solving skills.

The human body itself provides a good model for understanding structures. The central strength of the body lies in the skeleton, it is the hidden framework that supports our shape and is integral to our ability to function. Without it we would collapse. To a structural engineer, the same considerations of strength, shape and function are paramount in their conception of the framework of a structure. 

Typical tasks include:

  • Working closely with the design team other professionals on construction plans
  • Developing design ideas, using computer aided design (CAD)
  • Investigating the properties of materials like glass, steel and concrete, and advising on which may be most suitable for the job
  • Working out the loads and stresses on different parts of a structure like the foundations, beams, arches and walls
  • Assist in the inspection of unsafe buildings and recommending options for repairs or demolition

Hours & Salary:

  • The work is office and site based.
  • There may be an opportunity for you to work on projects around the world, depending on your employer and the nature of the projects you are working on. 
  • The working week is between 35 and 40 hours

Hours & Salary:

The work is office and site based, and you may get the opportunity to travel globally for projects, depending on your employer and the type of project you're working on. Generally, the working week is between 35 and 40 hours.  

  • Newly trained Structural Engineer Technicians can earn in the region of £14,500 - £18,000
  • Trained with experience Structural Engineer Technicians can earn in the region of £18,000 - £28,000
  • Senior or Chartered Structural Engineer Technicians can earn in the region of £28,000 - £36,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.


 

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Qualifications & Training

To enter the structural engineering profession at technician level you will need a BTEC HNC/HND or foundation degree in engineering. With further training and experience on the job you could work up to engineer status.  

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Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 

The Structural Engineer

Indeed

Reed

The number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted

Career trends and forecasts

3980 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 3980 other construction professionals and technical staff (which includes structural engineer technicians) to meet demand every year between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of this demand will be in Scotland.

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