What is a Project Engineer?
Project Engineer takes a hands-on approach to engineering tasks and is the most active executive at working site.
Project Engineer mainly there to support the Project Manager. He is supposed to stay on site more than 70% of his duty in general.
Simply, he/she is the one who is going to grow to a Project Manager after some experience.
Project Engineer should have an engineering degree in any faculty like Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Architectural etc. To be project engineer is purely an experience based job.
Project Engineer | Roles & Responsibilities
Project Engineer is responsible for directly managing the front-line workers, supervising the construction works, providing pro-active solutions, coordinating with project manager and other company executives to keep the project on track.
He/she is responsible for field work, subcontractor, document submittals, Request for Information’s-RFI’s, Inspection Request’s – IR’s and of course importantly the procurement.
Project engineer also do paper work and day to day site work simultaneously. He/she is one should escalate any issue to project manager if unable to solve himself/herself. They have direct control on supervisors around the site.
He/she should be a qualified engineer and any project management certification like Project Management Professional – PMP® is highly appreciated for this role.
Job Descriptions – JD’s of a Project Engineer
- Review all the plans, status reports before management meeting.
- Preparing of cost estimates for materials, equipment and labor
- Contract validation with Client & Contractor
- Supporting the Project Planner for Planning & Scheduling
- Closer look at any scope creep or gold plating activity
- Preparing Shop Drawing, As-built Dawning
- Presenting daily, Weekly and Monthly reports to Management
- Quantity Surveying Checks
- Review project deliverables and take corrective actions – if any
- Have an Check on Overall Quality of Work Performed
- Make Sure the Compliance to Applicable Codes, QA/QC policies, Standards and Specifications
- Supporting Quality Engineer for Inspection
- Supporting Design Engineers for any Technical issue
- Reviewing any bid for new projects
- Preparing Operational Manuals
- Helping the Surveyors for any Leveling Issue
- Preparing Short-term Schedule and Handover to Site Superintendent for Implementation
How Project Engineers Differs than Other Executives at any Project?
There are many types of engineers working on a construction field and hence it is always confusing to differentiate about their roles and responsibilities.
Main Team Players on a Project & How They Differ to Project Engineer
I will try to explain main difference between different engineers in reference to project engineer
Site Engineers Vs Project Engineer
Site Engineer is responsible for a specific works such as, sewerage engineer, bridge works engineer but Project engineer has the overall responsibility of the project.
Site engineer’s main focus is the physical work and he/she is the technically strong personal at site. Project Engineer’s main focus is project objectives, work quality, budget and duration.
Site Engineer validated and make sure that actual work at site is being done as per approved drawings. He is only responsible for engineering and technical activities at site.
Site Engineer’s role is limited and Project Engineer sees a wider picture.
Superintendent Vs Project Engineer
He/she is one who controls the short-term schedule at construction site instructed by the project engineer or the manger. He is 100% site personal.
Planning Engineer Vs Project Engineer
Planning Engineer prepares appropriate plan and suggest appropriate tools for scheduling later on. He/she prepares the reporting templates that comply to tender or contract requirements.
On the other hand, project engineer is supervising the physical work on site.
Planning engineer is white collar guy and project engineer is a grey/blue collar. Both play vital role and supports the project manager. Both co-ordinate each other.
Project Manager Vs Project Engineer
Project Manager is the person who has the project charter to utilize project resources and accountable for success and failure of the project. He/she responsible for every aspect of project not limited to planning, execution, monitoring, controlling, and closure of the project.
Project Engineer is responsible for short term schedules, pre-planning and resource forecasting for engineering and technical activities in the project.
There is no comparison between these two. Project engineer is always reported to project manager & follows instruction. Project Engineer is to liaise project Manager.
Project Engineer plays a vital role in success of any project. He is the one who co-ordinates with the people on site and ultimately lessen the pain of his/her project manager.
Note: This article is written by keeping in view a big project. At a small project one man can be a Project Manager, Project Engineer, Planner, Quantity Surveyor, Quality Controller, superintendent, etc. at the same time.
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