A senior engineering project manager is responsible for managing staff, providing leadership, and assessing project deadlines and financial expenditures for large-scale engineering projects. They also monitor projects' productivity, quality, and progress. They also must ensure project safety and remain within projects' cost constraints. They support and direct project managers, project engineers, and assistants in planning, scheduling, and implementation of designs and testing. The job requires that they adhere to strict safety regulations and are in charge of implementing and maintaining policies. They report all project updates to the clients and make recommendations based on their professional education and experience. Senior engineering project managers work in a number of public- and private-sector organizations, in field such as environmental engineering, architecture, and construction. Their job can require some travel, and hours can vary depending on their chosen industry.
Senior engineering project managers are required to have strong technical writing skills for reports and project plans, and they must work under time-sensitive deadlines. They also should have knowledge in common computer applications such as the Microsoft Office suite. This job generally requires experience, perhaps 10 years, in the industry and may require a professional engineering registration (also known as P.E.). It is recommended that along with experience, job seekers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in engineering or another technical disciplines; many companies will not substitute relevant experience for a bachelor's-level education.
Senior Project Manager, Engineering Tasks
- Work with team to identify all project risks and develop mitigation strategies.
- Prepare budgets, bids, contracts, funding requests, and communication plans.
- Manage, supervise, and schedule execution of projects.