Site Engineer

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    Site engineers perform a technical, organizational and supervisory role on construction projects, setting out and determining the location for above and underground infrastructural installations involved in construction operations.

    Site engineers have similar jobs to construction site managers on a construction project. They manage parts of a construction project (also known as packages), providing technical advice, supervising staff on site and ensuring that their packages are completed on time and within budget.

    The main difference between site managers and site engineers is that site engineers tend to have a more specific, technical knowledge and expertise.

    Working as part of the site management team, the site engineer liaises with, and works alongside:

    • architects;
    • construction managers;
    • engineers;
    • planners;
    • subcontractors;
    • supervisors;
    • surveyors.

     

    Employers of Site Engineers

    Most site engineers work for building companies and contractors or civil engineering companies, which can range from small, locally-based firms to multinational organizations.

    Public sector organizations, such as transport authorities, water, gas and electrical supply companies, may also recruit their own resident site engineers.

     

    Duties

    • managing parts of construction projects
    • overseeing building work
    • undertaking surveys
    • setting out sites and organizing 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.

     

    Qualifications

    Employers usually ask for a degree or a diploma in a construction-related or engineering discipline. In particular, the following subjects may increase your chances:

    • building engineering;
    • building surveying;
    • civil engineering;
    • construction studies;
    • structural engineering.

     

    Skills

    • communication skills, written and oral, with the ability to liaise effectively with a range of other professionals, e.g. construction managers, quantity surveyors, subcontractors, architects, designers, other engineers;
    • organization skills and a methodical approach to work;
    • strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
    • accuracy and attention to detail;
    • negotiation skills;
    • strong team-working skills;
    • excellent IT skills;
    • flexibility;
    • project management skills;
    • knowledge of relevant building and health and safety legislation.

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