Professional Certificate of Competency in Structural Design for Non-Structural Engineers

Course Overview


This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to understand the role of a structural engineer.

At a glance

  • 3 Months
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • Civil Engineering

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 or wastewater infrastructures.

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

The course is composed of 12 modules, covering topics such as the behavior of structural members under loading, the concept of stress functions such as tension, compression, shear and bending, basic analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures, and the significance of material properties in design.

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 II

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

Module 5: Principles of Strength of Materials I

  • Structural classification based on 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

  • 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

To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency course, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars.  Detailed summaries or notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance.  In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes.  If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.

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Nabeel Ashraf has over 20 years’ experience in the area of Civil Construction Design and Mechanical Engineering.

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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

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