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About Structural Engineering

What is a Structural Engineer?

A Structural Engineer analyzes and designs the gravity support and lateral force resistance of buildings, bridges, and other structures. Learn more.


becoming a Structural Engineer

California grants the authority to use the title “Structural Engineer” to licensed civil engineers who successfully complete an examination process. The Structural Engineer application is required with evidence of experience and references. The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG) is the official source for licensure in California. Learn more.


Why You Need a Structural Engineer

Licensed civil and structural engineers are state-registered professionals qualified to perform civil and structural engineering based on their advanced education, training, technical knowledge and experience. Learn what Structural Engineers provide and how to determine if a licensed professional engineer is required for your project.  Learn more.


Find a Structural Engineer

View the recommended steps for how to select a structural engineer for your project, then utilize SEAOC's regional tools and reference lists to find a local structural engineer. Learn more.