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Structural Engineer Jobs

Structural Engineer Jobs

How to Enter

There are two primary pathways to becoming a professional Structural Engineer in New Zealand. The first, and most common way, is to complete a four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree. The second, is a three-year Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree which enables people to become an Engineering Technologist.

The personal requirements for a Structural Engineer are the following:

  • Skilled at interpreting and analysing data

  • Practical and logical

  • Great at problem-solving

  • Conscious of Health and Safety

  • Great at planning and organising self and others

  • Creative and innovative, with good design skills

  • Able to work well under pressure

  • Can work independently and in a team

Typical Responsibilities

A typical day as a Structural Engineer could include any of the following:

  • Consulting with clients, government officials and other construction and engineering professionals

  • Evaluating the suitability of proposed work

  • Designing structures such as roads, buildings, bridges and dams

  • Identifying whether structures will be able to withstand natural and other forces

  • Preparing reports, working drawings and specifications

  • Estimating cost of construction and development

  • Analysing and reducing environmental impact of proposed construction and developments

  • Acquiring approval from relevant authorities and building permits


A common route for Structural Engineers is to obtain a degree in Construction Management and then move into work as a Quantity Surveyor. However, other options include becoming a self-employed contractor or focusing on other areas of Residential, Commercial and Civil Construction and Engineering, including Project Management, Planning, Estimation and Health and Safety.

Salary Range

Entry: 45K – 75K per annum (NZD)

Senior: 75k – 120K per annum (NZD)​