Trusses are a crucial component of any house or building. They are involved in the structural components of both floors and roofs. As a truss engineering designer, you will read the architectural prints set forth by the architect and create roof and truss placement layouts to ensure stability. These layouts will always have to conform to regulations, but within them, there are many opportunities for alterations in design. You will use very specific engineering software, which makes sure that whatever you design is accurate and safe. In addition to the design of the trusses, you will be required to be active in the construction of the building and make sure that the design is executed as you wish.
Requirements and qualifications for this job are fairly specific. You must have at least an associate’s degree in truss design. You must also have integral knowledge of the design software that you will be using. Most jobs require experience in the field, but there are entry-level jobs for new or recent graduates. Finally, you must be good in working on a team, as you will be working with architects, engineers, and construction workers.
Your hours will be mostly regular business hours, but if a problem arises on the construction site, you will be required to work after hours. Long-distance travel is only required if your project is not in the vicinity of your job.