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)


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Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955



Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427