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Project Engineer

Plan and manage engineering and construction projects.

What's it like to be a Project Engineer?

Project Engineers plan, organise and oversee the construction of civil engineering projects. They work in offices and on–site, directing the construction of roads, bridges, dams, pipelines, airports and other structures, and gas, water and sewer systems.

Project Engineer

Tasks and duties

  • Developing and maintaining project documentation including QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Control) standards.
  • Determining construction methods and materials.
  • Drafting and interpreting specifications, plans, drawings and designs.
  • Directing work site labour, delivery of materials and equipment and establishing detailed plans for coordination of site activities.
  • Undertaking site inspections to ensure compliance with project specifications.
  • Assisting in regular forecasting of project costs, revenue and margin.
  • Interpreting architectural and engineering drawings to estimate total costs.
  • Obtaining and analysing soil and rock samples to determine strength, compressibility and other critical site factors.
  • Assessing subcontractor and supplier quotes.
  • Ensuring on–site compliance with safety protocols.
  • Monitoring changes to designs and assessing impacts on project costs.
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Project Engineers use specialised computer software to draft and interpret project specifications, drawings and plans. They are employed by government departments, engineering consultancies, construction contractors and mining companies.

What can I earn as a Project Engineer?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Project Engineer is between $120k and $140k

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How to become a Project Engineer


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A Bachelor of Engineering with honours is usually required to become a Project Engineer. You may consider further postgraduate study such as a master’s degree.

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering. This is usually a four-year course of study including three years of undergraduate level and one year of honours level study. Prerequisite subjects include English, maths, chemistry and physics.
  2. Consider completing further postgraduate study such as the Master of Engineering.
  3. Aim to secure an internship or placement while studying. This will provide you with valuable work experience.
  4. Upon graduating, attain your Engineers Australia membership and register with the NER.

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How do Project Engineers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 22 Project Engineers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
3.5
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
4.0

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Nov 2018
Challenging and diversified role and would suit a person who would get bored easily!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Project Engineering
The good things
Diversified job scopes, ranging from engineering design, project management, scheduling, cost controlling, stakeholders management, quality control, to logistic planning. In short, you will not be bo...
The challenges
Potentially the lack of details understanding of certain engineering aspects, this is being Project Engineer or Project Manager will most likely be focusing on the overall management of project and h...
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Nov 2018
Project Emgineering is a rewarding career offering many opportunities for those prepared to work hard
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Construction
The good things
Love the challenges, commaraderie and opportunity to help develop the careers of young engineers
The challenges
Time management, management expectations, managing personalities
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Working hours for Project Engineers

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What are the job opportunities for Project Engineers?

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Source: LMIP. Engineering Professionals

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