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Project Engineer

Plan and manage engineering and construction projects.
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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.

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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.

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How to become a Project Engineer


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You usually need an engineering degree to work as a Project Engineer. Postgraduate study can improve your chances of securing this role. Industry experience is essential.

  1. Complete a relevant bachelor degree in engineering, such as a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours).
  2. Consider advancing your project management skills by completing a postgraduate degree, such as a Master of Engineering Management. A Master of Business Administration may also be suitable.
  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 National Engineering Register.

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How do Project Engineers rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 47 Project Engineers surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
4.1
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
4.1

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Latest Project Engineer reviews

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May 2021
Project Engineering is a great start to your Engineering career, as you will get a glimpse of the workflows and processes across all departments
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Industrial Gear Projects
The good things
Project Engineering gives you a taste of what’s involved across multiple departments. You will be in control of the execution phases of work and ensuring everything runs to plan. It is flexible with n...
The challenges
You will need to be able to work under pressure, prioritise and sustain good balance. You will need to think on your feet and monitor all aspects of the project
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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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