IStructE Core Objective 1.2 – Communication


There is hardly a more transferable professional skill than communication. This will form part of your day-to-day skillset for the rest of your career.

There are a couple of skills specific to the engineering profession though, which we would expect. These are:

  • Technical report writing
  • Drawing skills
  • Good presentation of calculations
  • Explaining technical concepts to non-technical audiences

What to put in your portfolio

For written examples, you can put them in to provide proof. For verbal examples you could show some slides from a presentation.

Here are some examples, select at least 5 to include in your final report form, and back them up with proof in your portfolio:

  • Formal letter to a client or other professional, about something related to structural engineering – preferably properly formatted on headed paper. (Don't forget there is a whole section of the IStructE Chartered Member Exam on writing a letter to a client!)
  • Structural report, (e.g. RIBA Stage 3/4 report, describing the structural scheme, with visuals – describe which parts you were responsible for)
  • Structural calculations
  • Email which you think shows good communication skills, e.g. describing a complicated issue and how to resolve it.
  • Hand drawn concept or scheme design sketches
  • Computer graphics you have produced in Photoshop or Sketchup or similar
  • Structural drawings, including plans, sections and details
  • Renders taken from a model you have produced
  • A calculation/excel spreadsheet you have written
  • A competition entry you have submitted
  • A presentation you have given, e.g. in-house to your colleagues, or in education.
  • An interview you attended (e.g. as part of a bidding process to win a job)

Reading List

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