I am a civil engineering undergrad (just passed my FE!!!) who graduates this semester!
As I begin looking for career paths, structural engineering is looking like my top preference at the moment. I have an internship designing steel connections and I also am getting some research experience at a steel lab at my school.
The traditional path for SE’s seems to be working for firm that specializes in structural engineering, and that firm is a consultant for the architect who leads a project. However, I noticed that some firms have an in-house structural engineering department, like HKS. https://www.hksinc.com/what-we-do/services/structural-engineering/.
Do any SE’s on here know what this is about? Do lots of architecture firms do this? It sounds interesting to me, since it seems like I would be part of the earlier design phase of a building, which sounds different. How is working within an architecture firm different from working for a structural engineering firm? Thanks yall!
Thank you all for your input!