Structural engineers undertake the activities of design, installation, test and maintenance of the framework used in buildings, bridges, towers, cranes, tunnels, sound shells, and various plant (DEEWR 2013).
Applicants shall have a minimum of five years’ work experience, as a structural engineer, in areas such as:
- Plan, design and supervise the construction of structural framework for buildings, bridges, tunnels or railways.
- Plan, design, manufacture and test the structural framework of motor vehicles, ships and aircraft.
- Design and maintain mobile and fixed cranes.
- Interpret and apply relevant Australian legislation, Australian Standards and International Standards during the design of structures.
- Participate in detailed engineering design involving application of theory, mathematical calculations, writing of specifications and drafting of structural drawings specific to major civil infrastructure.
- Adhere to applicable structural engineering processes and practices to ensure realisation of products and services.
- Evaluate structural design solutions against the requirements of original specifications.
- Maintenance management of existing framework used by bridges, jetties, cranes, storage tanks and towers.
- Perform computer-simulated modelling and analyse resultant data on reaction of key structural systems subjected to loads and natural forces.
- Supervise para-professionals, technicians and construction workers during the fabrication and installation of structural systems.
- Assess the condition of existing structures and write reports highlighting recommendations on safety, maintenance, remaining life expectancy and replacement.
- Write plans, standards, procedures, work instructions and forms.
- Review and propose amendments to relevant Australian legislation, Australian Standards and International Standards.
- Investigate and document the causes of major structural failure, and provide subsequent recommendations on how to eliminate future occurrences of failure.
- Specify, evaluate and purchase engineering products and services.
- Improve existing engineering products, processes and services.
- Create an awareness of new structural technology and where applicable, attain intellectual property rights.
- Liaise with civil, mechanical and electrical engineers to ensure optimum integration of structural systems with other services.
(AusIMM 2013, DEEWR 2013, Engineers Australia 2013, IBISWorld 2012, IET 2013).