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Become A Senior Structural Engineer

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Working As A Senior Structural Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $91,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Structural Engineer Do

A Senior Structural Engineer is responsible for investigating and analyzing different construction problems. They must determine the causes of defects of buildings' envelopes, roofs, walls, and other parts of construction.

How To Become A Senior Structural Engineer

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Although licensure requirements vary within the United States, civil engineers usually must be licensed in the locations where they provide services directly to the public.

Education

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. Programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics, among other courses, depending on the specialty. Courses include a mix of traditional classroom learning, work in laboratories, and fieldwork.

A degree from a program accredited by the ABET is needed in order to earn the professional engineer (PE) license. In many states, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology also will suffice as an academic requirement for obtaining a license.

About 1 in 4 civil engineers has a master’s degree. Further education after the bachelor’s degree, along with the PE license and previous experience, is helpful in getting a job as a manager. For more information on engineering managers, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Civil engineers often balance multiple and frequently conflicting objectives, such as determining the feasibility of plans with regard to financial costs and safety concerns. Urban and regional planners often look to civil engineers for advice on these issues. Civil engineers must be able to make good decisions based on best practices, their own technical knowledge, and their own experience.

Leadership skills. Civil engineers take ultimate responsibility for the projects that they manage or research that they perform. Therefore, they must be able to lead planners, surveyors, construction managers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering technologists, and others in implementing their project plan.

Math skills. Civil engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Organizational skills. Only licensed civil engineers can sign the design documents for infrastructure projects. This requirement makes it imperative that civil engineers be able to monitor and evaluate the work at the jobsite as a project progresses. That way, they can ensure compliance with the design documents. Civil engineers also often manage several projects at the same time, and thus must be able to balance time needs and to effectively allocate resources.

Problem-solving skills. Civil engineers work at the highest level of the planning, design, construction, and operation of multifaceted projects or research. The many variables involved require that they possess the ability to identify and evaluate complex problems. They must be able to then utilize their skill and training to develop cost-effective, safe, and efficient solutions.

Speaking skills. Civil engineers must present reports and plans to audiences of people with a wide range of backgrounds and technical knowledge. This requires the ability to speak clearly and to converse with people in various settings, and to translate engineering and scientific information into easy to understand concepts.

Writing skills. Civil engineers must be able to communicate with others, such as architects, landscape architects, and urban and regional planners. They also must be able to explain projects to elected officials and citizens. This means that civil engineers must be able to write reports that are clear, concise, and understandable to those with little or no technical or scientific background.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a civil engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, approve design plans, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years working under a licensed engineer
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Each state issues its own licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements. Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses.

Advancement

Civil engineers with ample experience may move into senior positions, such as project managers or functional managers of design, construction, operation, or maintenance. However, they would first need to obtain the Professional Engineering (PE) license, because only licensed engineers can assume responsibilities for public projects.

After gaining licensure, a professional engineer may seek credentialing that attests to his or her expertise in a civil engineering specialty. Such a credential may be of help for advancement to senior technical or even managerial positions.

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127,217 Senior Structural Engineer jobs

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$73,857 Estimated

American Tower
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$71,399 Estimated

ATC Ip LLC
Cary, NC
Civil / Structural Engineer Co-op (Fall 2018)

$71,399 Estimated

The Aerospace Corporation
El Segundo, CA
Structural Panel Engineer / Sr. Structural Panel Engineer

$102,042 Estimated

Aecom
New Orleans, LA
Structural Bridge Engineer / Sr. Structural Bridge Engineer

$92,685 Estimated

Ball Corporation/Ball Aerospace
Boulder, CO
Senior Structural Engineer - Electronics (662505)

$91,000 Estimated

PDS Tech Inc.
Denver, CO
Structural Design Engineer

$96,831 Estimated

PDS Tech Inc.
Palmdale, CA
Structural Design Engineer

$122,472 Estimated

Aecom
Boca Raton, FL
Senior Structural Engineer

$85,230 Estimated

Aecom
Welaka, FL
Senior Structural Engineer

$85,230 Estimated

PDS Tech Inc.
Huntsville, AL
Structural Design Engineer

$76,282 Estimated

PDS Tech Inc.
Marietta, GA
Structural Design Engineer

$96,433 Estimated

PDS Tech Inc.
Hazelwood, MO
Structural Design Engineer

$79,020 Estimated

Aecom
Boca Raton, FL
Senior Structural Engineer

$85,230 Estimated

NHWL Engineering
Atlanta, GA
Structural Steel Engineer

$63,169 Estimated

NHWL Engineering
Tallahassee, FL
Structural Steel Engineer

$64,142 Estimated

PDS Tech Inc.
Colorado Springs, CO
Structural Design Engineer

$84,030 Estimated

Aecom
Baton Rouge, LA
Structural Bridge Engineer / Sr. Structural Bridge Engineer

$95,304 Estimated

Ball Corporation/Ball Aerospace
Boulder, CO
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$91,000 Estimated

United Technologies
Syracuse, NY
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$85,000 Estimated

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Real Senior Structural Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Structural Engineer Global Edge Solutions, LLC Houston, TX Sep 18, 2014 $252,532 -
$275,000
Senior Structurer/Deputy Head of Structuring HSBC Bank USA, N.A. New York, NY May 19, 2016 $250,000
Senior Structurer/Deputy Head of Structuring HSBC Bank USA, N.A. New York, NY Aug 21, 2015 $250,000
Senior Supervising Structural Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 21, 2015 $216,050
Senior Structural Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Apr 29, 2013 $200,000
Senior Structurer Citicorp North America, Inc. New York, NY Feb 11, 2013 $175,000
Senior Structurer Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Feb 05, 2015 $175,000
Senior Structurer Citicorp North America, Inc. New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $175,000
Structurer (Senior Associate) Unicredit Bank AG New York, NY Dec 14, 2016 $153,546
Senior Marine Structural Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc. CA Feb 25, 2016 $137,936
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Top Skills for A Senior Structural Engineer

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Top Senior Structural Engineer Skills

  1. Structural Engineer
  2. Structural Design
  3. Access Platforms
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed detailed structural engineering inspection to insure structural integrity and safety.
  • Insured that structural design is accurately and completely represented on drawings.
  • Engineered various access platforms, ladders and stairs for Hunterstown gas fired Power Station.
  • Authored numerous structural analysis reports.
  • Designed Jackets, Structural Frames, Connections, Foundations and Skids for 11 offshore oil facilities.

Top Senior Structural Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Senior Structural Engineer

  1. Jacobs Engineering
  2. Aecom
  3. North Cargo Berth
  4. Bechtel
  5. Energy Industries Engineering & Design (EIED) Company
  6. Boa Marine Services
  7. Bae Systems
  8. Contrack International, Inc.
  9. AMEC
  10. Oil and Gas Solutions
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