The primary responsibilities of a principal structural engineer include designing new telecommunication sites, designing new equipment load frames and antenna support structures, and determining the nature and scope of projects. They are also in charge of evaluating existing structures and certifying their integrity, as well as preparing structural plans, calculations and specifications. Additionally, principal structural engineers must communicate with customers, clients, and product suppliers, as well as oversee and manage projects and project staff.
These engineers generally work in a small team in an office setting. Although they generally work during regular office hours, overtime and work during evenings and weekends may be required. These engineers must have working experience with AutoCAD, and able to manage a small staff of employees. Excellent computer and communication skills are also needed. They should work well in a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision.
Generally, structural principal engineers must have at least a bachelor's degree in civil/structural engineering, as well as extensive previous experience. Certification requirements for this position include a state license for structural engineering. If the candidate doesn't have a state license for structural engineering, then he/she must be willing to obtain one.
Principal Engineer, Structural Tasks
Analyze evaluations and quality assessments for proper implementation of programs, systems specifications and quality standards.
Analyze feed, product or equipment specifications and performance requirements to determine appropriate designs and processes.
Assist with analysis, evaluation and assessment leading to development of recommendations for system and process improvements.