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Why become a structural engineer

Engineering is a big industry. There are lots of different types of engineering, including structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, material, and geotechnical. 

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Structural engineers design a building’s underlying strength. They get involved in creating record- breaking structures, beautiful structures, useful structures and sometimes just cool structures. They design buildings to last for fifty years, and bridges for over a century, so their structures will be used and enjoyed by thousands of people long after they’ve gone. 

Structural engineers make sure all our buildings and infrastructure are safe to use. For instance, they study how to stop buildings from falling down during earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. 

Structural engineers use many skills to solve problems – from basic maths and communication, through to using complicated physics and cutting-edge technology. 

Structural engineering is not an easy profession, but their work is well respected, rewards hard work and is well paid.

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