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Disaster Risk Engineer


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  • Did you know? »
    • It’s a fairly varied job. Josh mainly models building damage due to natural disasters using special computer software. This can be immediately post-disaster, or pre-disaster (calculating damage for likely future events).
    • The post-disaster work is generally very pressured, working to pull together information about the disaster’s intensity, the pre-disaster building population, and the levels of reported damage.
    • The pre-disaster projects are longer-term capacity-building (or risk communication) projects that involve doing similar work, but more detailed over a longer period.

  • Routes »

    A levels, university and then a post-graduate degree.

  • Entry Requirements »
    • Study Maths and Physics.
    • Gain a degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Structural engineering
    • Engineering design
    • Materials knowledge
    • Hydrology
    • Seismology

  • 10 reasons why »
    • To help people and society progress
    • To keep people safe from natural disasters
    • To help build structures that will last a really long time and you can be proud of
    • To use your knowledge in maths and science
    • To use your creativity and practical skills
    • To be able to work in different countries around the world
    • To help protect the environment
    • Use cutting edge technology in your work
    • To enjoy working in teams with other engineers
    • To enjoy a career that mixes being in the office with being active on sites
    • Have a professional qualification that gives you a high status – similar to that of doctors and lawyers

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I didn't know when I started working that my love of Maths and Physics at school and application to engineering would have me crawling around collapsed buildings looking for people trapped in disasters.