Structural Engineering Vacancies Structural engineering jobs involve designing and building structures that are safe and can withstand a variety of weather conditions, other environmental stresses and continuous human use. Structural engineering jobs focus on designing aesthetically pleasing structures that will not collapse, vibrate, rotate or deflect. Structures could be houses, hospitals, office blocks, oil rigs, satellites, boats, ships, aircraft, bridges and sporting venues. The job is varied and tasks may change for each project, but some of the typical duties you can expect in this role include: Creating construction plans with other professionals Using computer-aided design (CAD) to develop design ideas Researching the properties of materials and choosing those most suitable for a job Inspecting unsafe buildings Investigating the stresses and loads on various parts of a building Advising on repairs or demolition of unsafe buildings Meeting health and safety requirements, legal guidelines and environmental directives Preparing bids for tenders Attending meetings and presenting findings and progress reports to clients and colleagues Predicting how structures will react under different conditions using computer simulations Supervising project teams Planning and budgeting for projects The hours in structural engineering jobs are usually 35 to 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. On some occasions, it will be necessary for you to work extra hours to complete a project. Time will typically be split between working in an office and spending time at construction sites. Depending on the company you are working for, there may be opportunities to work on projects abroad. Salaries for structural engineering jobs vary according to experience, qualifications and the company employing you. As a guide, a graduate engineer is likely to have a starting salary of between £18,000 and £28,000. Experienced engineers can expect salaries of between £30,000 and £50,000. Those who achieve chartered status can earn up to £70,000. Structural engineering jobs have minimum entry-level requirements. To work as a technician, you will need a national diploma. For the best opportunities in this career and to reach the full earnings potential, you will need to have a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree or a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree. Structural engineering or civil engineering are the preferred qualifications. To achieve incorporated or chartered status, it is likely that you will need an MEng. It is expected that candidates for structural engineering jobs will possess a wide range of skills and qualities. These include: A keen interest in engineering Good problem-solving ability The ability to manage and motivate a team Excellent skills in maths, ICT and science The ability to plan, prioritise and meet deadlines Good organisational and time-management skills The ability to explain ideas and design plans Excellent written and verbal communication skills The ability to plan and manage a budget Knowledge of various construction methods The ability to work independently or as part of a team An awareness of legal and health and safety regulations A willingness to keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry Structural engineering jobs are a rewarding and varied career. There is the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and even the possibility of travelling abroad. As you gain experience, your earning potential increases.
A brief history of Glasgow The River Clyde is key to the growth of Glasgow from a small 6th century settlement to the biggest city in Scotland today, and the third biggest city in the United Kingdom. From a 6th century settlement to today There is evidence of a settlement on the River Clyde since prehistoric times, but it is Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city who is famous for founding the city in the 6th century with the construction of a small church where Glasgow cathedral now stands. Bishop Jocelyn is credited with gaining the status of burgh for the city in the 12th century from King William, thus creating a cause for celebration which led to the creation of the Glasgow Fair, an event which still takes place today. The Scottish Englighteenment period Glasgow's biggest periods of growth which contributed to its size and status today were during the Scottish Enlightenment period and the Industrial Revolution. The Scottish Enlightenment was a period in which Glasgow, in particular, was recognised for its contribution towards philosophy, literacy and invention at a European level. It took place during the era of the signing of the Act of Union between England and Scotland as the two countries joined as part of Great Britain. The famous poet Robert Burns, philosopher and economist David Hume and economic pioneer Adam Smith who wrote the Wealth of Nations, were key drivers of the changes associated with this period in Glasgow's history. The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution brought about a great number of changes to the city, notably along the River Cyde which was drained to make way for shipbuilding yards. The heart of the city was transformed by a deep river and the industries and wealth which grew and prospered from it, from cotton to glass production, to textiles, paper and soap. As well as new wealth, the Industrial Revolution impacted on the migration of people from the countryside to the city, thus determining the layout and construction of the city today. From hospitals to schools to housing, Glasgow retains signs of its Industrial Revolution history in its makeup today. Present day Glasgow Named European City of Culture in 1990, Glasgow today is a hub for finance, education, culture, arts, food and one of Scotland's most famous exports - Scottish whisky. There are several distilleries in and around the city which help contribute to the economic wealth of the city and its inhabitants.