Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering

Degrees offered: M.E /M.Tech.

What is Structural Engineering

Structural Engineering course is a sub-discipline of civil engineering. The structural engineering professionals design the main integral part of the structures which are man-made. They need to keep in mind the stability, strength and rigidity of these structures. The designs made by them are then integrated with the architects and service engineer to build an amazing building out of it. The structural engineering students are also involved in the design of machinery, medical equipment and the vehicles which would have the structural integrity which would affect the functioning and safety of these structures.

Structural engineering involves the theories of physical laws and the empirical knowledge gained by applying different materials and geometries. They design complex structural buildings by using simple structural concepts. They make building very creative and efficient by using the least amount of funds, elements and materials.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Structural Engineering

Mentioned below is the eligibility criteria for Structural Engineering course (both for UG and PG). However, criteria shared below may vary from college to college. Therefore, these are the general eligibility criteria: 

For Structural Engineering UG Course

  • Students should have completed 10+2 or competent examinations with minimum aggregate marks of 45% in physics, chemistry and mathematics.

  • Students having diploma degrees in civil engineering are also eligible for this course.

  • Along with the above criteria, the student should also clear the entrance exams.

For Structural Engineering  PG Course

  • Students should have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with minimum aggregate scores of 55%

  • Students who have a master’s degree in environmental science are also eligible for this course. 

The entrance exams check the basic understanding of the students in the subject of physics, chemistry and mathematics. Some of the entrance exams for Structural Engineering course are: 

For Structural Engineering UG Course

  • IIT-JEE (JEE Main and JEE Advanced) - This is the national level engineering undergraduate entrance examination. NTA (National Test Agency) conducts JEE Main for all the eligible candidates twice a year. Candidates qualifying JEE Main are eligible for admission in IITsNITs and other institutes accepting its score. All those candidates who qualify JEE Main are eligible for JEE Advanced based on which they are offered admission in IITs and other premier institutes.

  • HITSEEE: HITSEEE – Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science Engineering Entrance Examinationis a university level examination. This is the only college that offers Bachelor’s in Automobile Technology along with the specialisation in Autotronics. It is an online exam for a duration of 2 hours.

  • SRMJEEE (SRM University Joint Engineering Entrance Exam)- SRMEEE is a university level examination. After qualifying the students can apply for one of the four campuses of SRM. 

  • BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani Admission Test)- 6 colleges of BITS under the UG are open to students after they qualify for this exam. This exam would be 3 hours long and students will have to attempt it online.

  • VITEEE (Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam)- 5 colleges of VIT under the UG program will be available for admission for the students. The exam is 2.5 hours which is conducted online. 

  • NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies)- NPAT UG exam conducted by NMIMS is a university exam. It gives admission to UG and integrated UG programs. These integrated programs may be with a dual degree of MBA. The NPAT exam consists of 3 papers of English Language, Quantitative and Numerical Ability and Reasoning and General Intelligence. 

  • MHT CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test)- A state level exam giving the opportunity to students to go to government colleges in Maharashtra after qualifying. It is taken offline with 2 papers, one would be Physics and Chemistry, while other would be Mathematics/Biology

For Structural Engineering PG Course

  • GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)- It being a national level postgraduate engineering entrance exam based on which candidates are offered admission to PG as well as PhD courses in colleges like IISc and IITs all over India. 

  • CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology)- It is a university exam. This examination gives admission to students in different UG and PG courses. It is conducted online.  

Scope of Structural Engineering in India and Abroad

Designing new buildings is the new trend, making them more attractive to tourists. They play a key role in the pre-disaster and the post-disaster of the building. It would include how to assess and refit the structure to have the same attractiveness as before. They have to look into the consideration of the entire building. It gives opportunities to balance work life and personal life. Have an overall growth in society with improving personal skills. Structural Engineering graduates can join the public sector, multinational companies or construction companies or even have a freelance job for their career. They also have to monitor the construction sites, see the requirements and the possibility of natural calamities to hit that place.

Course Fees Structural Engineering

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
80.00 K
M.E /M.Tech. in Structural Engineering at Amity School of Engineering and Technology, Noida
93.96 K
M.E /M.Tech. in Structural Engineering at Anna University Regional Campus, Madurai
2.20 Lakhs
M.E /M.Tech. in Structural Engineering at GITAM Institute of Technology, Visakhapatnam
2.53 Lakhs
M.E /M.Tech. in Structural Engineering at National Institute of Technology Karnataka Surathkal

Course Subjects

Subjects taught during the Structural Engineering course would reflect their performance on site. Each subject teaches a new form to the students. Some of the subjects taught are mentioned below –  

  • Computer-Aided Design of Structures

  • Computer Analysis of Structures

  • Storage and Industrial Structures

  • Analysis and Design of Sandwich Panels

  • Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures

  • Design of Machine Foundation

  • Prestressed Concrete Structures

  • Forensic Civil Engineering

Careers in Structural Engineering

Structural engineering professionals design the buildings, pipelines, bridges etc. Their framework is taken into account by them. They also have a look into the strength, reliability and if these structures can handle their own weight and also resist any natural calamity. They not only look into the safety of the public while they use these structures but also look into the prospects of aesthetics and cost-efficiency. Structural engineering professionals specialise in the structures they draw, and their variety varies from nuclear power plants to hotels. 

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

Each structural engineering professional has a different job in his mind. He/she wishes to get a job of his/her dreams. Some of the job profiles are mentioned below –  

Job Profile

Job Description

Planning Engineer

They make the most cost-efficient construction for the projects. They develop and complete these projects on time mentioned. They look into the matters of costs, the performance of the crew people, safety is maintained at all times and health of the crew. They may also sometimes make presentations containing the data and its interpretations.

Assistant Engineer

They work on many engineering projects, and these are always reported to the Senior Engineers. They are employed in various sites like civil, chemical, electrical or manufacturing fields. Their job also varies from designing, developing, and evaluating the processes and the products. Provide assistance to the staff whenever they need help.

Project Engineer

He/she looks after the disciplines being followed during the entire time until the completion of the project. They are responsible for the engineering part of the plan. They look into the matters of planning the project, forming a criteria list, coordinating the reviews and proper implementation of the plan.

Site Engineer

They work at the construction sites. They use their skills and expertise to advise the crew and in the successful completion of the project. They also connect with the clients in relation to the project. They negotiate terms with the vendors and suppliers. They also check the quality of the product.

Structural Engineering Top Recruiters

The companies offering jobs to structural engineering professionals are –

  • Larsen and Toubro

  • DLF

  • Tata Projects

  • Unitech

  • Gammon India

Shobha Developers Ltd. 

Required Skillset for Structural Engineering

Having the right skills set will help structural engineering professionals to excel in their career. Some of the skills which are required by them are –

  • Structural Analysis – Structurally analyse the building and its elements so that no fault is seen in the future in these structures. Use of computer-aided design and analyses to analyse the detailed structure of the building. 

  • Creative Mind – Coming up with new solutions which will be efficient as well as cost-friendly, would help the organization in many ways. Students pursuing this course are urged to think creatively and develop new solutions.

  • Analyse – Analysing the different steps during the building process so that the buildings are stress-free and resistant to changes in weather 

  • Supervision – Paying close attention to the building process so that each element fits in place in the right position. 

  • Management – Managing an entire team of workers is not an easy task, each individual has their own personal opinions. Therefore, making the team come together and work together is very necessary. 

Course Curriculum for Structural Engineering

Bachelor’s in Structural Engineering includes the application of subjects to making the building which is resistant to wind and earthquakes, which ensures their structural reliability in the structures. This would include the applications of advanced finite element analysis, structural mechanics, structural dynamics, reinforced and prestressed concrete, steel structures, tall buildings and towers. In coordination with the civil engineering part, it includes the maintenance, designing, planning and executing the plans. They also make structures which have an effect on the society in relation to the aesthetics, function, sustainability and economics of the society.

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