Construction projects are typically massive undertakings, and it is the construction project engineer's job to coordinate the construction team to effectively and safely turn blueprints into finished structures. The construction project engineer is responsible for the oversight of most major aspects of construction work, including organizing the acquisition of materials, equipment and workers; planning for costs; managing the project so that it is within budget; executing the actual construction work; and ensuring that the completed structure meets clients' quality standards and is in compliance with building codes and laws.
In some cases, the project engineer is based on-site and constantly on the move, touching base with labor, engineers, and managers to address problems as they arise. Some construction project managers may be tasked with overseeing several construction operations simultaneously.
Construction project engineers must possess a thorough understanding of engineering and construction principles, local building codes, and the ability to manage many aspects of a large, complex undertaking. They must be highly organized and possess the necessary communications skills to effectively coordinate the many groups and projects in the construction process.
To become a construction project engineer generally requires at least a bachelor's degree in an accredited engineering program with an emphasis on construction, as well as extra mathematics and science coursework. A master's in business administration or engineering management aids significantly in job prospects. Project engineers often start out as project managers, field engineers, or as assistants to established project engineers.
Project Engineer, Construction Tasks
- Plan and organize technical projects from conception to completion.
- Coordinate and communicate between various areas; supervise and train project staff as needed.
- Utilize engineering knowledge for project management; estimate timelines and schedules; anticipate risks and costs related to the technical aspects of the project.