Project engineers in information technology (IT) are responsible for coordinating IT-related tasks for their organizations, as well as facilitating communication between IT employees, supervisors, and specialists. They are tasked with developing strategies involving different software and hardware which match particular project requirements, and they must be familiar with several operating systems and programming languages. These engineers use a variety of innovative technologies to implement functionality for end users and clients and must strive to bring security and usability features to all interested parties. They also oversee that data is protected and that databases and servers are accessible from remote locations using the appropriate credentials.
IT project engineers typically analyze technical data, write detailed reports about their findings, write scripts for automating workflows, and interpret network traffic and establish patterns. Communication and problem-solving skills are important in this position to find solutions when technology fails, and they must work efficiently in a team setting with other engineers and share ideas to improve IT processes. They also use a personal computer as a main tool to test applications, respond to important correspondence, debug software, send commands to other systems, and write reports.
These engineers must understand and review all company procedures regarding backups and migrating user data and system tools, and they may help to upgrade to newer software after testing current functionality with changing variables accounting for possible behaviors. They may report their progress to an IT project supervisor and should escalate problems with hardware and downtime as necessary, and they also help plan project budgets and establish timelines for delivering finished products and assist in regular maintenance for these systems.
A bachelor's degree in information technology (IT), software development, or another computer-related field is generally required for this position, and prior experience in the field is highly beneficial. Technology certifications are also helpful.
Project Engineer, IT Tasks
Maintain project schedule and costs through regular monitoring, coordination and problem solving.
Plan, direct and coordinate efforts of technical workers.
Develop information technology project proposals, objectives, requirements and deliverables.
May provide main technical point of contact for customers.