Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Structures Specialists. The intent of these requirements is to select personnel fully capable of providing competent assessments and advice to task force personnel in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

The Structural Engineer Specialist must have:
1.    Must have sufficient skills to develop a written or verbal report on the buildings and or structures in question;
2.    Must be able to function in a confined space and or at height;
3.    Knowledge of how Rescue Specialists are trained to perform Breaking and Breaching, Lifting and Moving, and Shoring Construction. It is recommended that Structure Specialists complete Structural Collapse Technician course, as presented by own Task Force, in order to obtain this Knowledge;
4.    Knowledge of the appropriate types of structural hazard reduction methods for various types of collapsed structures;
5.    Knowledge of victim access methods, and of safe rescue practices and procedures;
6.    Comprehensive knowledge of building materials, to include:
•    Current and past design and construction techniques for wood, masonry, concrete, steel.
•    Knowledge of the behavior of structures under adverse loading conditions.
•    NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following courses: 
o    Confined Space Rescue 
o    Structural Collapse Technician 
o    Rope Rescue 
o    Swift Water Rescue 
o    Trench Rescue 
o    Fire Officer 
o    Safety Officer 
o    Critical Incident Stress 
o    Hazardous Material Training

The Structural Engineer Specialist must be:
1.    A current member in good standing of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geo physicists of Alberta (APEGGA);
2.    A civil engineer with field experience;
3.    Capable of setting up and using various monitoring and other tools available in the equipment cache;
4.    Able to deploy by ground or air (fixed and rotary wing; and
5.    Able to function in a confined space and or at height.

The Structural Engineer Specialist must be:
1.    Able to identify features that allow for the determination of the condition of structures subjected to adverse loading from natural and man-made disasters;
2.    Able to identify vertical load and lateral force resisting framing systems and identify the critical elements within those systems;
3.    Able to identify failure indications of building materials;
4.    Able to identify building features that could provide entry or access to victims such as ducts, shafts, etc.;
5.    Able to recommend practical solutions for USAR operations in compromised structures; and
6.    Able to function within the incident command structure.

The Structural Engineer Specialist is responsible for performing the various structural assessments for the task force during incident operations. The Structural Engineer Specialist reports directly to the Planning Team Manager. The Structural Engineer Specialist is responsible for:
•    Assessing the structural condition within the area of task force operations, which includes identifying structure types and specific damage and structural hazards;
•    Recommending the appropriate type and amount of structural hazard mitigation in order to minimize risks to task force personnel;
•    Assisting in the development of task force action plans;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures;
•    Cooperating with and assisting other search and rescue resources;
•    Providing accountability, maintenance, and minor repairs for all issued equipment;
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission;
•    Monitoring assigned structure for condition changes while rescue and recovery operations are proceeding;
•    Assuming an active role in implementing approved structural hazard mitigation as a designer, inspector, and possibly a supervisor; and
•    Other duties as required.