A stress engineer specializes in analyzing the effects of stress or strain on a structure, which may be caused by gravity, air pressure, or another physical force. Stress engineers are most commonly hired in such fields as aerodynamics, flight, and space travel; in these fields, they typically assess which designs and materials are best suited to minimize the negative effects of stress on a craft as it performs its intended purpose.
Most stress engineers work in a laboratory, where they design, construct, and test different models that may be used for their assigned project. Most of the time, this means stress engineers work with metal, fiberglass, and other commonly used materials in vehicular construction. These professionals typically work in a team of research and design engineers of other specializations, running tests, writing reports and analyses, and collaborating to find a design that fits all their criteria.
This is a highly technical career, and formal education is essential. Stress engineers are expected to have at least a bachelor's degree in engineering, and most employers require at least three years of experience in the field. As well as having the technical qualifications, a stress engineer must be a good team player with strong communication and problem-solving skills. They also must be able to think practically and authoritatively, able to accommodate their company's deadlines, budget, and other resources to make informed decisions for their projects.
Stress Engineer Tasks
- Develop, create, and implement test procedures.
- Create stress analysis packages including stress notes, formal certification reports, and design changes.
- Perform structural analysis and analyze structural engineering data.
- Provide input for improvement of department procedures, controls, flows and systems.