Structural engineers who work with roads and bridges are also often known as civil engineers. Structural engineers are responsible for overseeing structural design and analyzing existing structures for safety. They ensure that the bridges and roads can support necessary loads (such as cars, trucks, and trains) without excessive stress or degradation. They are also responsible for determining the load-bearing of a structure during environmental changes such as hot and cold seasons, excessive wind, or natural disasters such as earthquakes (with needs varying depending on geographic location).
Structural Engineer, Roads and Bridges Tasks
Manages and directs staff at project site.
Performs engineering duties; plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of buildings, bridges, and other structures.
Researches and analyzes maps, blueprints, photos, charts, and other data to plan projects.
Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.