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Structural engineering managers typically design structures that are capable of withstanding environmental stresses and pressures to which they will be subject, as well as improving the integrity of the structure of existing buildings. They ensure that structures will remain stable and safe throughout their use. This is a highly skilled role requiring significant experience and training, and most companies or employers will expect years of structural and management experience in candidates.      
Most structural engineering managers work for engineering or construction consultancies in an office environment, and design structures for different contractors. Visits to construction sites are required, in order to liaise with clients and other professionals in the project team, and to measure project progress. Most structural engineering managers specialize in a type of infrastructure (or project), such as buildings or bridges. 
The structural engineering managers sometimes spend time on site, although they typically work in an office environment. For managers who work for construction consultancies, working hours are typical office hours, but structural engineering managers working on-site or doing shift work can expect longer hours. Some travel is required, to attend meetings and for ongoing training.

Typical employers
Most structural engineers work in engineering consultancies, which range from small firms to international companies. Large companies are typically able to provide a high level of training and the opportunity for varied projects and international travel. Smaller firms tend to specialise in specific types of project or areas of engineering, and often contract engineers for projects. Typical employers include:

  • Local authorities
  • Utility companies
  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Central government organizations
  • Oil companies
  • Railway operators

Job Specification, Outlook and Salary
Structural engineering managers ensure existing structures and buildings remain safe, and design new builds with longevity and resilience in mind. They can also work on many areas of structural construction, including conversions, repairs and extensions. There is a wide variety of project types, ranging from a single building such a house, shop, or school, to larger and more complex schemes such as hospitals, office blocks, oil rigs, and bridges. 
Structural engineering managers work closely with civil engineers, structural engineers and architects. This profession offers huge scope for variety, challenge and creative satisfaction and offers the chance to help shape the world. Structural engineering is considered a respected and truly rewarding profession.
So, how much actually a structural engineering manager earns from the job? Well, it depends on a range of factors, but the average salary for structural engineering managers in the United States is $104,425 per annum, with a range of $71,760 - $154,419. Typical factors affecting the level of salary include engineering knowledge, experience, management skills, team management, productivity, leadership skills, and academic background. Structural engineering managers can expect an average salary of £49,726 per year in the United Kingdom, with a range of £38,123 - £71,495. Some companies offer some additional benefits beyond salary, such as private health insurance and a company car.    
Job Description 
A structural engineering manager designs structures for specific purposes, ensuring that these structures remain safe and stable throughout their use. Structural engineers must consider both the immediate demands and loads on a structure, and the sustainability and performance of that structure over time. Managers lead a team of engineers and are responsible for ensuring that the project is completed on time and within budget. The size of a team varies from just a few people to twenty or more. 
The specific duties of the structural engineering managers include feasibility assessments of potential projects, managing team resources and recruitment, allocating the resources for particular projects, and acting as a bridge between the team and senior management. Managers require skills such as analytical and critical thinking, technical skills, organization, communication and leadership.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Working closely with architects, clients, and other professionals 
  • Planning, coordinating, and directing engineering teams
  • Developing design concepts using CAD and other software
  • Assessing the stresses and loads on a building or structure
  • Analysis of construction materials and advising which are most suitable 
  • Consulting with clients to prepare required project specifications
  • Using computer simulations to forecast how structures and building will react under various conditions using computer simulations, and adapting designs and plans  accordingly
  • Attending meetings with clients and presenting proposals 
  • Analyzing technology, market demand, and resource, to assess the feasibility of projects
  • Preparing reports, drawings and designs 
  • Preparing bids for tenders
  • Providing structural and other technical advice
  • Obtaining building regulations approval
  • Ensuring that projects meet environmental directives, legal guidelines and health and safety requirements  
  • Inspecting and monitoring work undertaken by contractors 
  • Administering contracts and managing projects
  • Inspecting unsafe structures, and making recommendations for demolition or repairs
  • Delivering progress reports to clients and senior management

Key Skills & Qualifications
The career of a structural engineering manager is open to graduates of structural and civil engineering. If you have a degree in science and other engineering discipline, a career in structural engineering is possible, but there may be more limited opportunities and progression can take a longer time. Obtaining an MSc in structural engineering is recommended for graduates of non-structural or civil engineering courses.

Required skills

  • A solid knowledge of construction methods, legal regulations, health and safety
  • Excellent mechanical, IT and mathematical skills 
  • The ability to analyse complex problems 
  • The capacity to explain ideas and design plans 
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • The ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Financial management and planning ability
  • Excellent people and team management skills
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Commercial awareness and business acumen
  • Team working and multidisciplinary skills
  • Excellent analytical, quantitative and critical thinking skills
  • Detail focussed
  • Ability to manage budgets

A structural engineer can progress to a project manager role, having started as construction designer. Most of the larger companies have a formal structure for career advancement, but progression with smaller companies is more limited. There are a range of career options for construction engineering managers, such as moving from a construction company to a self-employed contract engineer role, or taking on teaching or research. There are also opportunities to work abroad; this role has a great deal of variety and scope for skilled and driven professionals.