Structural engineer


A structural engineer is responsible for designing and analysing the structural components of an offshore wind farm such as the support structures that sit above the seabed. They will also act in an advisory capacity during manufacturing and installation to ensure that the components and processes meet specifications and design codes.

Lifecycle stages

Development and project management, manufacturing and installation.

Typical employer

Specialist contractor or specialist consultancy.

Place of work


Typical working pattern


Education, training and qualifications

Minimum of NFQ level 7 in civil engineering or related fields. Demonstrable understanding of engineering processes and experience working in a similar role, at project development or execution stage, ideally in offshore wind or oil and gas.

Chartered engineer status is desirable for senior roles.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include graduate civil engineer and structural design assistant.

Highly transferable from similar industries such as military engineering, oil and gas, and a variety of work in both public and private sectors.

Career possibilities

Structural engineers can progress on as senior or principal structural engineers and specialist roles such as a project engineer or project manager.

Full time salary estimate

€35,000 (graduate level) -€90,000 (principal) per year, depending on experience. This salary range is for this specific role.