Field engineering in construction is a highly skilled and technical job, as these engineers are in charge of overseeing very large construction projects. Their responsibilities range from the actual physical construction of each segment (i.e. pipes, roof, hearing system) to ensuring that environmental guidelines are met throughout the process. Field engineers are hands-on and spend a lot of time both in the office and out at the physical construction site.
Those in this position must have strong communication skills to work with both upper management and those working on the job site. They may also have to work with financiers and report the construction plan's progress. If a project falls behind, they should be prepared to explain the reasons and provide a plan for getting back on schedule.
The skills required for the job may vary, but experience is the key factor. Most employers prefer those with a minimum of 7-9 years of on-site job experience. A college degree with some focus on engineering and/or environmental construction is also generally required. Although the work will often be 8 - 5, these engineers may need to be on-call to assist with problems around-the-clock.
Field Engineer, Construction Tasks
Oversee and manage staff and schedules during construction projects.
Report obstacles and safety concerns, including' all progress and issues.
Coordinate with other specialists around supplies and schedule.
Ensure that civil, structural, and electrical systems are built to specifications.