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Bridge Engineer


Bridge Engineer

Brief description of the position:

More than 25% of America’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Bridge engineers are going to be needed in the following years to fix these potentially dangerous bridges. Bridge engineers design bridges to be used by vehicles, trains, and pedestrians. They must create designs which can withstand heavy weights and high pressures. Some bridge engineers focus on reliability, which deals with how well a bridge would fare in the case of natural disasters, material degradation, or even terrorist attacks.

Compensation range:

Between $60,000-$70,000, or, $5,000-$5,800/mo.

Secondary and Postsecondary Education

Bridge engineers need a solid knowledge base from high school in high-level math and science, including physics and calculus. In college, bridge engineers study engineering principles like statics, engineering mechanics, and material properties. Bridge engineers must be familiar with computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software. It is important to understand the construction process in order to ensure that a project design can be successfully executed. Bridge engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. A master’s degree or MBA may be required for a high-level position. Bridge engineers will need to pass both the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering exams.