Apr 26

A Day in the Life of a Structural Engineer

Ever wondered what it's like to be a structural engineer?

As a structural engineer, my days are a mix of office work and on-site tasks. But being a structural engineer is about more than just computations and drawings. Let me show you the full picture of what it entails.

Office-Based and On-Site Responsibilities

As a structural engineer, my daily schedule fluctuates between office-based tasks and on-site responsibilities.

My role is pivotal in shaping the skylines of tomorrow, ensuring that every structure I design not only complies with the required Australian standards and regulations but is also buildable and cost-effective. Being able to foresee potential construction challenges and risks and integrate effective mitigation strategies into our designs is an essential skill.

Continuing Professional Development -  CPD

Despite the hustle and bustle of my daily tasks as a structural engineer, I always set aside time to upskill and improve in my field.

Keeping up with the newest developments in structural engineering helps me create designs that are both creative and use the best methods for sustainability and efficiency.

Whether it's going to workshops, attending seminars, or spending time studying on my own, this dedication to lifelong learning is crucial for my career growth.

Collaborating with Architects, Builders and Building Surveyors

A significant aspect of my job as a structural engineer involves meticulous communication and collaboration.

Working closely with architects, builders, and building surveyors is essential for ironing out any challenges and aligning on solutions.

These interactions ensure that everyone involved is on the same page, which is crucial for delivering not just a high-quality design but also a safe and reliable one.

Each day, I devote some time to discussions about ongoing projects. Whether it's adjusting design elements, addressing site-specific issues, or brainstorming with a team, communication forms the backbone of our project's success.

Updating Progress and Setting Goals

As the adage goes, "A well-prepared plan is half the battle." In line with this, I diligently plan my days and update our project management platform at the end of each day.

This is more than just keeping a record of my progress through the days; it's a strategic asset that helps me define both short-term and long-term goals.

By keeping a detailed log of daily tasks and overarching objectives, I ensure that each morning, when I enter the office, I am crystal clear about my targets for the day and the larger goals we are striving towards.

This structured approach not only enhances productivity but also instils a sense of purpose and direction in all that we do.


In summary, the life of a structural engineer is a blend of creativity, precision, upskilling and foresight.

It requires a deep understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of construction, a commitment to effective communication, and a systematic approach to project management.

Each day offers new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow, continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of structural engineering as well as improving the skills and knowledge (Continuing Professional Development -  CPD).

Moly Ashtari
Senior Structural Engineer


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