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Best Online Courses in Structural Engineering 2019

By taking a course, high school graduates can learn a lot about a certain subject, carrying that knowledge into future degree or career paths. The length of a course can be a few months to a few years, all depending on the specific program.

What is a course in structural engineering? It is a learning pathway that teaches students the basics of structural engineering, which is the component of civil engineering that addresses the frameworks of large man-made structures. This course may focus on topics such as earthquake engineering, structural analysis, structural mechanics, and probabilistic load. Scholars can learn how to analyze the different risks and decisions that go into planning structures like bridges and skyscrapers. They may also learn the engineering fundamentals of working with different materials, including steel and reinforced concrete.

Students who work through a course in structural engineering can leave the program with a wide assortment of skills. Technical skills and familiarity with computer programs often make people more attractive job candidates and more effective employees, while heightened detail orientation and analytical skills can easily translate into many areas of life.

Different schools may put different price tags on courses in structural engineering, often based on course length. Applicants who want to plan for their financial and professional futures would do well to contact schools ahead of time and ask about course fees.

Graduates of a course in structural engineering may choose a variety of paths, such as continuing their education or jumping right into the job market. Possible careers include structural engineer, building control surveyor, and civil engineering technician. With the widely-applicable knowledge from a structural engineering course, graduates may even choose to pursue job titles such as engineering geologist, construction manager, sustainability consultant, and quantity surveyor.

For those who want to invest in their education while maintaining a flexible schedule, distance learning modules can be a great choice. A variety of schools around the world now offer online courses in structural engineering. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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4 Results in Structural Engineering

TU Delft Open & Online Education

Learn how to design and build with Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP), the new high-performance composite material for structural engineering. ... [+]

Learn how to design and build with Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP), the new high-performance composite material for structural engineering.

Benefits of using FRPs FRPs offer designers opportunities for innovative, free-form design; Construction companies can benefit from reducing the weight of a bridge deck for example and experience a snowball effect with reductions in the costs for foundations, lifting equipment, transportation, bearings, etc.; Infrastructure owners can make profits in the long term by investing in FRP structures which are corrosion and fatigue-free and therefore exclude costly and time-consuming maintenance. FRPs in building and infrastructure

In this course, you will learn about engineering applications with FRPs in building and infrastructure development. There are more widely available courses about the use of composite materials in the field of aerospace engineering. But aspects and requirements such as scale, laminate composition, nature of loading, environment, life-span, production techniques and tolerances, quality control, inspection, and maintenance are quite different in construction projects compared with aerospace and automotive applications.... [-]

Netherlands Netherlands Online
September 2019
Part-time
9 weeks
Online
TU Delft Open & Online Education

Economics and Ecologics go hand in hand for aircraft. So how do we get structures light and keep safety, durability, maintainability and other aspects up to par? You need ... [+]

Weight reduction is a key factor in the development of materials and components for use in many industries. Lightweight structures are widely used for this purpose. However, these structures present challenges: they need to be light but also safe, durable and easy to maintain. How can this be done?

This course provides an introduction to lightweight structures, starting with the "trinity" - the interaction between shape design, base material, and manufacturing. The evidence gained from both successes and failures demonstrates that the interaction between these three elements is crucial for successful designs and end products.

The course covers the design principles of lightweight structures; durability and fatigue; testing; manufacturing methods and mechanics. The main focus is on structures made with composites but the use of metals will be addressed as well.... [-]

Netherlands Netherlands Online
September 2019
Part-time
7 weeks
Online
TU Delft Open & Online Education

Fatigue fractures may occur as a consequence of cyclic loading structures. In particular, within the context of fatigue and damage tolerance certification, engineers shou ... [+]

Fatigue fractures may occur as a consequence of cyclic loading structures. In particular, within the context of fatigue and damage tolerance certification, engineers should have the knowledge and skills to analyze and assess fatigue life and fatigue performance. This includes the ability to design against fatigue and to validate designs with validated fatigue strength justifications. Fatigue fractures and related structural failures may be caused by a variety of factors, such as quality of applied materials, the production technology, the structural design, inappropriate reliability calculations, underestimations of load spectra, and inappropriate use of structures. With so many possible factors an integral and rigorous engineering approach is required.... [-]

Netherlands Netherlands Online
September 2019
Part-time
7 weeks
Online
TU Delft Open & Online Education

This course delivers the skillset in linear or structural modeling that is required to solve structural problems from which you can develop finite element (FE) models for ... [+]

This course delivers the skillset in linear or structural modeling that is required to solve structural problems from which you can develop finite element (FE) models for practical applications. It also teaches how results can be correctly interpreted. The course uses an open source FE package in a series of weekly practical sessions where models are constructed for sample problems and results are validated against simplified analytical models or open literature.

The majority of professionals in many branches of mechanical engineering will benefit from adding FEM to their skills array. The ability to develop modeling skills under supervision in a non-critical environment means that skills and techniques can be acquired in a logical, progressive manner.... [-]

Netherlands Netherlands Online
September 2019
Part-time
8 weeks
Online