Career Profile:

Structural Engineer


Median Yearly





Work type:

full-time, self-employed

Most likely to work in:

Across the province, Halifax

Most employees have:

Bachelor's Degree


Structural Engineering for Architects

What you do

Structural engineering involves the analysis and design of structures.

In the oceans technology sector, this could include bridges, cranes, oil rigs, dams and other marine structures. Structural engineering underpins and sustains the built environment, where structures must be safe, serviceable, durable, aesthetically pleasing and economical.

A Structural Engineer performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist the team with initial layout and design of a structure
  • Plans for maintenance or remodels
  • Calculation of loads, such as wind, waves, snow and earthquake forces
  • 3D model creation software

What you need

  • Math & Physics
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Computer Software/Programming

Who might be hiring?

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Secondary School
Options and Opportunities (O2) Program
Physics 11 and 12

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Professional Engineer Certification

After getting your Bachelor of Engineering, you will need to be admitted as an Engineer in Training (EIT) by an Association of Professional Engineers in Canada. Once you have completed 4 years of suitable work experience, you may apply to become a professional engineer.

Graduate Programs