Also known as a lead project engineer, a senior project engineer oversees operating processes. These processes are used by companies making products and completing projects of various types, including construction, industrial, and environmental. The senior project engineer watches over the efforts of technical personal as they perform their aspects of a project, oversees the needs of clients, and provides ways to improve processes.
Since they are coordinating efforts of different personnel on a daily basis, double-checking processes, and analyzing client needs, senior project engineers need flexible, wide-ranging analytical skills. These skills can be applied to a wide range of areas. Whether working from their usual office, appearing on a job site, or meeting with clients, senior project engineers also need strong communication skills, in order to effectively relay their observations and recommendations to those they oversee.
Reaching the position of senior project engineer generally requires several years of proven experience. This experience needs to show proficiency in their work and demonstrate the potential to lead others. In almost all cases, senior project engineers have received at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, information technology (IT), or a related field. They can expect to further their education to keep up with changes in their industries.
Senior Project Engineer Tasks
Interpret specifications and project plans to organize, estimate, and schedule project efforts.
Document and analyze project needs, goals, and objectives.
Track budget and schedule, making adjustments to reach goals.
Liaise with all relevant staff, contractors, suppliers, and others to coordinate work.