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What will I learn?

This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to understand the role of a structural engineer.

Course Details

Construction is the largest industry in the world. Within a civil engineering context, construction may refer to bridges, dams, earthworks, foundations, offshore structures, pipelines, power stations, railways, retaining structures, roads, tunnels, waterways, and water or wastewater infrastructures.

Anything constructed needs to be designed first. Structural engineering deals with the analysis and design aspects required to ensure a safe, functional, and economical end product. During the design process, the designer may regularly interact with specialists such as architects and operational managers. Once the design is finalized, the implementation requires people to handle aspects such as statutory approvals, planning, quality assurance, and material procurement.

The entire exercise can be undertaken in a highly-coordinated way if everyone involves understands the terminology or ‘project language.’ To fully understand this language, it is necessary to appreciate the principles of structural analysis and design.

Participants in this course will gain a basic knowledge of structural engineering that includes the principles of analysis of structures and their application, the behavior of materials under loading, the selection of construction materials, and the design fundamentals for Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) and steel structures. The emphasis will be on the determination of the nature and quantum of stress developed under loads, and the way structures offer resistance to it. As the most widely used construction materials, RCC and steel will be covered in detail, though masonry and timber are also introduced.

Time Commitment & Duration

You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

Which department am I in?

School of Civil Engineering

Study options

Online/Distance (3 months)

Tuition fees
Total Course Fees AUD $1,395; Tuition fee varies by Country. The given fee is a guide for online students from Australia.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 October 2022


About Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT)

EIT equips international students with highly employable skills valued by global employers.

  • Among the world’s few schools to specialise in engineering
  • Welcomes international students from over 140 countries
  • Offers programs developed by international industry experts
  • Provides more personalised attention with small class sizes