Construction engineers handle engineering duties during construction projects for their company. They are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are delivered to the work site, measuring facets of construction to make sure they match construction plans, and communicating engineering concepts and ideas to construction workers and other colleagues. Construction engineers must follow safety protocols and wear safety clothing items such as a hard hat, vest, and steel-toe boots to prevent an accident. One of their main tools include a personal computer to maintain an accurate record of construction materials and also revise construction plans.
The construction engineer's main responsibilities also include conducting on-site observation and coordination with clients and contractor vendors, as well as developing strong business relationships to ensure projects are completed while efficiently using company resources. They also participate in construction progress meetings, as well as review schedules and work progress. Construction engineers also actively participate in creating timelines and cost estimates.
A bachelor’s degree in an engineering or a related field is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position. Often, previous experience is required or preferred as well. Industry and engineering certifications may be beneficial. Construction engineers must be able to use their strong time-management skills to multitask on a variety of projects. They must work well in a group setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision.
Construction Engineer Tasks
Review project progress and compare completed work to blueprints and plans to ensure compliance.
Analyze, improve, and report on productivity trends.
Manage project construction schedules and work with team to forecast future schedules.
Manage subcontractors, monitor their performance, and ensure compliance on all contracted tasks.