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.
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.
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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How to become a Project Engineer
- 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.
- Consider completing further postgraduate study such as the Master of Engineering.
- Aim to secure an internship or placement while studying. This will provide you with valuable work experience.
- Upon graduating, attain your Engineers Australia membership and register with the NER.
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