Structural Engineering Career

Monday, 7. December 2009

Structural engineers deal in the specialized field of design, fabrication, construction and installation of modular or pre-fabricated load-bearing structures made of steel, concrete, masonry or glass such as bridges, elevated highways, underground pipelines, skyscrapers, tunnels, waterways etc which are used as special applications in the Construction and Industrial fields. Structural engineering is usually considered a specialty within civil engineering. Basically, a Structural engineer is a multi-disciplined engineer qualified in Civil, Mechanical & Architectural engineering.

All modern engineering works are based on structural engineering rather than the traditional methods of embedded civil engineering. Hence, there is a great demand for structural engineers.

Some noted examples of structural engineering are: Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building in Dubai, Sydney Opera House, Millennium Dome in London and The Millau Viaduct in France etc.

Eligibility, Entrance Exams and Courses

There are no separate B.E/B.Tech degree courses in Structural Engineering. Aspirants for a career in Structural engineering should first acquire a degree in Civil/Mechanical engineering from a reputed institution and then do a post-graduate course in Structural Engineering.

Indian Institute of Technology – Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE)

A candidate must fulfill each of the following conditions:

  • Can attempt JEE only twice, in consecutive years.
  • Should have passed (10+2) or equivalent qualifying examination in 2008 or should be appearing in 2009, and secure at least 60% (55% for SC/ST & Physically disabled )
  • Minimum age limit of 25 yrs as on 1st October (30 yrs for SC/ST and PD candidates).

Top Colleges for Courses in Engineering

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai-600036
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur-208016
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-721302
  • Regional Engineering College, Durgapur-713209
  • Zakir Hussain College of Engineering & Technology, Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh-202002
  • Banaras Hindu University, Institute of Technology, Varanasi-221005
  • Andhra University College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam-530003)
  • Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi-110006
  • The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Faculty of Technology & Engineering ,Vadodara-390002
  • Sardar Vallabhai Regional College of Engineering and Technology, Surat-395007
  • College of Engineering & Technology, Navi Mumbai-410209
  • Jadavapur University, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Calcutta-700032

Thereafter, engineering graduates can do Masters in Structural engineering in any reputed University/Institute. Some of the reputed institutions offering graduate/postgraduate degrees in Architecture and Construction engineering are:-

  • B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College,
    Vandalur, Chennai-600 048
    Phone: 044 – 2275 1347 / 348 / 350 / 375
    Fax : 044 – 2275 0520
    Offers M.E/M.Tech degrees in Structural Engg.
  • Anna University College of Engineering, Sardar Patel Road
    Chennai – 600025
    Tamil Nadu
    Phone: (44) 22351723, 22351126. Offers M.E/M.Tech degrees in Structural Engineering.
  • University of Delhi, University Road
    Malka Ganj
    Delhi – 110007
    Phone: (11) 27667853, 27667041. Offers M.E/M.Tech degrees in Structural Engineering.
  • Thapar University, Post Box No. 32
    Patiala H.O.
    Patiala – 147004
    Phone: (175) 2393021. Offers M.E/M.Tech degrees in Structural Engineering.

Career Opportunities and Job Prospects

The specialization of Civil/Mechanical Engineering combined with a Postgraduate Degree/Diploma in Structural engineering will provide lucrative careers in the many multi-national companies engaged in the construction of mega-corporate houses, airports, fly-overs, mega shopping malls etc.


MNCs and reputed companies offer starting salary of Rs 25,000/- to Rs 30,000/- pm depending on the specialization of the candidates. Later, on gaining experience they can expect salaries of anything up to Rs 60,000/- pm. Salaries of structural engineers deputed to the Gulf countries go up to about Dirhams/Dinars 10,000/- to12,000/- pm plus perks.

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