Professional Certificate of Competency in Structural Design for Non Structural Engineers


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Program Description


In this interactive 3-month live online course, you will:

  • Fully understand the role of a structural engineer
  • Predict the behaviour of structural members under loading
  • Understand the concept of stress functions such as tension, compression, shear and bending
  • Perform basic analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures
  • Analyse the deformation of members under Loading
  • Understand the significance of material properties in design
  • Undertake the basic design of Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) structures
  • Undertake the basic design of steel structures
  • Undertake the basic design of masonry structures
  • Undertake the basic design of timber structural members

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/wastewater infrastructures. Within a Mechanical Engineering context, on the other hand, ‘construction’ may refer to airframes, aircraft fuselages, boilers, pressure vessels, motor coaches, railroad carriages, cranes, elevators and ships.

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 constantly interact with specialists such as architects and operational managers. Once the design is finalized, the implementation involves 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 understand this language fully, 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 behaviour 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. Being the most widely used construction materials, RCC and steel will be covered in detail, though masonry and timber are also introduced.

Course Outline

Module 1: Analysis of Statically Determinate Structures I

  • Classification of structures
  • Types of loads
  • Stress in structural members
  • Types of supports in structures
  • Equilibrium of bodies

Module 2: Analysis of Statically Determinate Structures II

  • Bending moment and shear force
  • Effect of moving loads
  • Analysis of pin-jointed frames

Module 3: Principles of Strength of Materials I

  • Mechanical properties of materials
  • Development of internal stresses
  • Flexural stresses in beams
  • Relationship between horizontal and vertical shear

Module 4: Principles of Strength of Materials I

  • Determination of bending shear stress
  • Deformation of beams
  • Combined stresses

Module 5: Analysis of Statically Indeterminate Structures I

  • Structural classification based on the degree of indeterminacy
  • Principle of superposition
  • Analysis of statistically indeterminate beams
  • Multi-span or continuous beams

Module 6: Analysis of Statically Indeterminate Structures II

  • Slope deflection method
  • Moment distribution method
  • Influence line diagram for statically indeterminate structures

Module 7: Design Theories and Loads

  • The stress-strain relationship for different materials
  • Design philosophies
  • Combination of loads
  • Theories of failure

Module 8: Design of Steel Structures I

  • Properties of structural steel
  • Steel structural sections
  • Design of steel structures
  • Joints and fasteners for steel structures

Module 9: Design of Steel Structures II

  • Design of tension members
  • Design of compression members
  • Design of beams
  • Design of truss and allied structures

Module 10: Design of RCC Structures I

  • Properties of concrete
  • Principle of reinforced concrete design
  • Design norms for reinforced concrete beams
  • Design of reinforced concrete slabs

Module 11: Design of RCC Structures II

  • Design of reinforced concrete foundations
  • Design of axially loaded columns
  • Pre-stressed concrete
  • Multi-storied buildings

Module 12: Design of Masonry and Timber Structures

  • Masonry structures
  • Design of masonry structures
  • Strength of timber
  • Design of timber structures

Entry Requirements

A good understanding of engineering mathematics is critical for the successful completion of this course.

If you have been away from study for some time, or are concerned that your knowledge of fundamental maths may need revision, EIT does offer a self-paced online course through EIT’s sister company IDC Technologies entitled Fundamentals of Engineering Maths, Physics and Chemistry. The course covers the key concepts of engineering maths, physics and chemistry with useful practical exercises. The topics covered will provide you with an excellent background and working knowledge. Each subject is also an online refresher for engineers and technicians who have an existing knowledge of these topics.

Please note that completion of the stand-alone refresher course is optional for self-development. It is not a pre-requisite and does not provide an entry pathway for other courses.

Benefits of Online Learning to Students

  • Cost-effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice

Benefits of Online Learning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as a full-time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students

How Does it Work?

EIT Online Learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.


Thank you very much for all your effort in ensuring we had a better understanding of this course and I appreciate all the study materials and organisation in EIT. I will recommend more candidates from my team to participate in this programme come the next season while looking forward to joining in the EIT masters programme when available in this field of engineering since I have my B.Eng in Mechanical engineering. Afamefuna Orji, Lagos

I must commend the organizers of this programme, most especially the simplicity of the material and the way and manner they were arranged. The assessment compels the student to have an understanding and not just to read or flip through the document. The documents were concise, detailed, straight to the point with in-depth knowledge. Yusuf Amed, Nigeria

Last updated Oct 2020

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The key objective of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is to provide an outstanding practical engineering and technology education; from Diplomas through to Masters Degrees. The finest eng ... Read More

The key objective of the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is to provide an outstanding practical engineering and technology education; from Diplomas through to Masters Degrees. The finest engineering lecturers and instructors, with extensive real engineering experience in the industry, are drawn from around the world. The learning is gained through face-to-face classes as well as synchronous, online (eLearning) technologies. Read less
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