A site engineer offers advice in the planning, co-ordination and supervision of technical aspects of construction projects. A site engineer’s role is vital to a construction project: they have a number of responsibilities including solving technical issues, providing advice, management and preparing reports.
Travel: visiting sites on every day basis
Key tasks of the job include:
- managing parts of construction projects
- overseeing building work
- undertaking surveys
- setting out sites and organising facilities
- checking technical designs and drawings to ensure that they are followed correctly
- supervising contracted staff
- ensuring projects meet agreed specifications, budgets or timescales
- liaising with clients, subcontractors and other professional staff, especially quantity surveyors and the overall project manager
- providing technical advice and solving problems on site
- preparing site reports and filling in other paperwork
- liaising with quantity surveyors about the ordering and negotiating the price of materials
- ensuring that health and safety and sustainability policies and legislation are adhered to
- Commercial awareness – an understanding of how your actions can affect profitability of a project
- Team working and communication
- Technical skills
- An eye for detail
- Problem solving
- Management skills
Graduates will need an accredited degree in engineering: usually civil, structural, geotechnical, mechanical, electrical or building services.
Site engineer applicants are more attractive to graduate recruiters if they have some work experience within the construction industry .