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    Is it possible and if so how hard is it to get into?
    I want to apply for a placement year in structural engineering, but I study mechanical engineering, should I bother or wait till I get my masters
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    You may be able to go into the structural side if you have some background in structural mechanics; it depends on your specific course if this is the case (for example Exeter's MechEs all have to do structures). Going into Civil generally you'd really need to look to do a masters or higher to specialise in a particular area, as you won't have any of the general geotechnical and environmental engineering background CivEs will have.

    They are allied so to speak, so swapping into a masters/PhD in the area should be possible. I had a friend who did aerospace as her undergrad then went into civil for her PhD, so it's possible.
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    You may be able to go into the structural side if you have some background in structural mechanics; it depends on your specific course if this is the case (for example Exeter's MechEs all have to do structures). Going into Civil generally you'd really need to look to do a masters or higher to specialise in a particular area, as you won't have any of the general geotechnical and environmental engineering background CivEs will have.

    They are allied so to speak, so swapping into a masters/PhD in the area should be possible. I had a friend who did aerospace as her undergrad then went into civil for her PhD, so it's possible.
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    Is it possible and if so how hard is it to get into?
    I want to apply for a placement year in structural engineering, but I study mechanical engineering, should I bother or wait till I get my masters
    The thing is, I heard civil is the 1 engineering branch where becoming a charted engineer is actually important. And I don't think you can become charted in civil engineering with a MechEng degree.

    For placements though, maybe. They won't expect too much even from people who do take the right course since you'll only be in 2nd year. But you will still be competing with people who have way more background knowledge. Obviously taking a structures unit isn't all that's needed to be competent in the role.
 
 
 
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