What is Structural Engineering?


Structural engineering is a sub-discipline of Civil engineering and deals with the analysis and design of structures, which are used to support or resist loads. Structural engineering is one of the most famous sub-discipline of Civil engineering. It basically involves application of physical knowledge, material properties and its geometry in order to calculate the amount of load that the structural members can resist. Over time, the incorporation of computers have made the calculations somewhat easy and less tedious, however, a complete grip of the field is required to make use of computers efficiently.

Structural Engineering Sub Disciplines

Structural Engineering has been divided into following  sub-disciplines;

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Façade engineering
  • Fire engineering
  • Roof engineering
  • Tower engineering
  • Wind engineering
  • Nanoscale structures
  • Structural Engineering for Medical Science
  • Aerospace structures
  • Mechanical structures

Top Structural Engineering Universities

The top three ranked universities when it comes to Structural Engineering are as follows;

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • University of Cambridge

Structural Engineering Associations

There are a myriad of associations pertaining to Structural Engineering but we shall list only three;

  • IABSE
  • SEI-ASCE
  • SEA

Being a Structural Engineer

Being a structural engineer is no walk in the park or a piece of cake; one must be diligent and hardworking to master this field. One needs to keep in mind the safety, technical, economic and environmental aspects in mind while catering to the social factors and aesthetic beauty as well. A structure engineer needs good knowledge of computer as well since modelling and renderings are all done on computers.

Structural Engineer Salary

A structural engineer’s average annual salary in USA is $83,000.

Top Structural Engineering Companies

The top three companies pertaining to Structural Engineering are;

  • Barrish Pelham & Associates, Inc.
  • ARW Engineers
  • Huckabee

Top Structural Engineering Projects

Check out the three top inventions (as per us) that are a result of Structural Engineering.

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Big Ben & The Houses of Parliament
  • Golden Gate Bridge