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How Can I become a Structural Engineer?
To become a structural engineer, you need to meet certain educational and licensing requirements. In every country, you must meet the same educational requirement of at least a bachelor’s degree to prepare you for entry-level structural engineering jobs. You would need a bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering or a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Moving upward on your career ladder, you’ll need a Master of Science degree or even a Master of Business Administration to be able to hold senior-level managerial positions.
In the USA, every state requires Structural Engineers to have a Professional Engineer (PE) licensure. Getting this license involves passing a series of exams that the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) administers.
The first of these licensing tests is the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam. Normally, you’ll take this test before graduation. Once you’ve passed this, you can get entry-level jobs as a structural engineer.
The next licensure test is the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. You will take this one after four years of experience working with a licensed engineer. The experience requirements may vary by state, however.
In the UK you’ll need to charter to become a successful structural engineer. The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) is the body that grants the title of Chartered Structural Engineer in the UK. So, the process of chartering in the UK is by first completing a UK MEng or BEng with an MSc degree. Afterward, you will go through four years of Initial Professional Development and a professional review interview after the four years.
Once you pass the interview, you will sit an eight-hour professional review examination of which passing it will earn you a chartered membership (MIStructE) depends.