• Question: How hard is structural engineering?

    Asked by grew022pie to Tom, Sanjeev, Orla, Fiona, Eimear, Cillian on 10 Mar 2020.
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      Cillian Thompson answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      Unfortunately I never did structural engineering, but I did a couple of subjects in my first year of college that were associated with it and it wasn’t too bad back then but obviously as you progress through college it would get more difficult. I don’t think that there is any engineering subject that is “easy”, normally you will have to work hard regardless of which type of engineering you do!

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      Fiona Malone answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      I didn’t study structural engineering but all engineering generally follows the same scientific principles. If you like problem solving you’ll enjoy engineering as a whole. It’s not a case of easy or hard but whether you like the challenge or not.

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      Eimear O'Hara answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      Sorry it’s not really my area either, but there’s lots of overlap with the basic engineering principles for all types (mechanical/civil/biomed/energy) and once you understand that it’s just a case of the specific applications

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      Sanjeev Kumar answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      I did not study structural engineering, but one of my friends did. From his experience, I can tell you that to become a successful structural engineer, you must have a good knowledge of mathematics and physics. Moreover, you should be able to visualize the concepts and be able to relate the engineering problems with the real world.