Why Chartered Structural Engineers Thrive in Small Practices

structural engineers in small practice

Becoming a chartered structural engineer marks a significant milestone in your professional journey. Following your degree and after years of dedication and hard work you have finally become Chartered – huge congratulations!

With this opportunity comes a wide range of opportunities, including the choice between working for a small or a large company. Each option offers its own set of advantages and considerations, and it’s essential for you as a newly chartered engineer to weigh these factors carefully to align with your career goals.

structural engineer career goals

Small Companies

Joining a small structural engineering firm can be an incredibly rewarding experience for newly chartered engineers. They offer a close-knit working environment where you have the opportunity to make a significant impact and take on diverse responsibilities.

The Environment

In a small office, you’ll quickly get to know everyone. The atmosphere tends to be more relaxed and close knit. Working in a small company nurtures a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Engineers often develop closer relationships with colleagues and feel a stronger sense of belonging within the organisation.

structural engineer career

Hands-On Experience

In a smaller company you may find yourself involved in every stage of a project, from initial design to construction oversight. This hands-on experience can accelerate learning and skill development, providing a well-rounded understanding of the profession.

homeowner services

Diverse Projects

Small companies often work on a variety of projects, ranging from residential buildings to commercial structures. This diversity allows you to gain exposure to different types of challenges and expand your knowledge base.

In-House Expertise

Direct Client Interaction

With fewer layers of hierarchy, engineers in small companies often have direct contact with clients. This fosters strong client relationships and provides opportunities to refine communication and project management skills.

Flexibility and Innovation

Small firms are typically more agile and adaptable, allowing engineers to explore innovative solutions and approaches. There’s often greater flexibility in decision-making, enabling engineers to implement creative ideas more readily.

Your Next Move?

Are you already Chartered or about to become Chartered and are seeking your next challenge? Our company is expanding, and if you’re interested in working with us, please send your CV to:- hr@mapl.co.uk