What they do and their qualifications
A structural engineer will be required for projects that involve structural work of any description and their role is to come up with solutions that will allow the proposed design to work. You may also require a mechanical or electrical engineer to provide schematic drawings and technical specifications if you are planning to employ individual sub-contractors such as plumbers and electricians.
A skilled and qualified structural engineer can:
- Understand and calculate the stability of the foundations and structure that will work with the design
- Review and approve building plans
- Provide information required for planning permissions
- Work with architects, builders and supervise construction of projects
- Recommend creative solutions and efficient use of materials to minimise construction costs
- Estimate project materials, equipment and labour costs
A skilled and qualified mechanical and electrical engineer can:
- Determine the anticipated electrical current for lighting and other electrical equipment in the property
- Calculate boiler size required for the property size
- Determine the equipment (including radiator size per room) and size pipes required that will cope with the maximum demand
In the Republic of Ireland chartered engineers will have achieved an accredited level 8 or level 9 degree and have obtained both academic and on-the-job training. It is possible to work as a structural engineer with a primary degree in mechanical, civil or electrical engineering. You can search the database for active members of Engineers Ireland. Members listed have satisfied the requirements of a Registered Professional Title.
Structural Engineers can also be known as Structural Design Engineers, Survey Engineer and Surveying Engineers