How to become a Structural Engineer: The complete guide
Hi, friends. Here’s the first part of the series of “How to become a Structural Engineer. The complete guide.” I know many are out there who is dreaming of becoming Structural Engineers in the future. This article is for them. Well, I am not going to explain the things in details, but it will be like a list of tips and advice. If you want to know more details about the things, go on the Wikipedia and search for Structural Engineering. OK, let’s begin.
Becoming a Structural Engineer is not an easy task. You must prepare yourself to become a one. This preparation should start from the high school.
1) You need to develop your skills through your high school days. Strong decision-making skills, organization, problem-solving, maths, writing, communication, and handling tough situations are the skills that you must develop throughout your high school days. Maths and physics are the most important subjects that you have to master.
2) What is a Structural Engineer?: OK, before you become one, you should know what you will be doing in the future. A Structural Engineer is a very responsible individual. Know your future responsibilities. You will be advising and giving recommendations on what materials to use for the structures. Go on the Wikipedia and search for what you will be doing, your skills, and what you should study.
3) As I said earlier, maths is your best friend. You should get all your calculations right. So, practice maths every day. Apart from maths, develop your problem-solving skills and communication skills. Practice makes your perfect. You know that.
4) Participating in Extracurricular Activities is a great way to develop your skills. Why not join the chess club? Trivia teams, speech and debates, and public speaking are the great means to develop your communication skills. As a Structural Engineer, you should be able to communicate with other engineers and architects fluently.
5) You will have to face exams to get qualified for a campus. Most engineering faculties look for additional qualifications, so you better find information about required exams. It depends on your country. In the US, most engineering schools want you to face SAT and ACT.
OK, you did your best in the high school and passed the exams required to get qualified to an engineering faculty. What’ the next step? Well, now you have to find the right campus for you. Here you have to do your research for finding the ideal campus for your future studies. You don’t have to look for the number 1, but make sure it’s a reputable campus. Go on the Internet and do your research. Only then you will find the right campus that will make your dream come true.
Talk to potential professors and lectures. Visit few of the Universities you are considering. Speaking to a professor gives you the opportunity to know about the school’s curriculum. Your father’s best friend may be a Structural Engineer. So, why don’t you get referrals from them? They will let you know about high-ranked universities. Before settling with a University, know about their internship programs. Some engineering firms welcome graduates from high-ranked Universities. It’s a bonus. Now you see, becoming a Structural Engineer is a serious business.
OK, friends. I am stopping here and let’s meet with the part-2. Hope you enjoyed this part.