As a site engineer, your input to construction projects will be technical, organizational, and supervisory. You’ll set out and determine the location for infrastructural installations, both above and below ground, and will apply designs and plans to mark out the site. You’ll also share responsibility for site security, health and safety, and the organization and supervision of material and human resources.
Projects can range from small scale to multi-million-pound ventures and may include civil, road, rail, and other infrastructure projects.
As a site engineer, you’ll need to:
- Act as the main technical adviser on a construction site for subcontractors, craftspeople, and operatives
- set out, level, and survey the site
- check plans, drawings, and quantities for accuracy of calculations
- ensure that all materials used and work performed are following the specifications
- oversee the selection and requisition of materials
- agree on a price for materials and make cost-effective solutions and proposals for the intended project
- manage, monitor, and interpret the contract design documents supplied by the client or architect
- liaise with any consultants, subcontractors, supervisors, planners, quantity surveyors, and the general workforce involved in the project
- carry out day-to-day management of the site, including supervising and monitoring the site labor force and the work of any subcontractors – this is site-specific and may not be the case on all projects
- day-to-day management of the site, including supervising and monitoring the site labor force and the work of any subcontractors
- plan the work and efficiently organize the plant and site facilities to meet agreed deadlines
- oversee quality control and health and safety matters on site
- prepare reports as required
- resolve any unexpected technical difficulties and other problems that may arise.
- Organizing materials and ensuring sites are safe and clean.
- Preparing cost estimates and ensuring appropriate materials and tools are available.
- Providing technical advice and suggestions for improvement on particular projects.
- Diagnosing and troubleshooting equipment as required.
- Negotiating with suppliers and vendors to ensure the best contracts.
- Authorizing technical drawings and engineering plans.
- Drawing up work schedules and communicating any adjustments to crew members and clients.
- Gathering data, compiling reports, and delivering presentations to relevant stakeholders.
Site Engineer Requirements:
- Diploma in Civil Engineering, Construction or similar.
- Experience 2-3+ years.
- Additional certificates or licenses may be required.
- Sound knowledge of Engineering, construction, and design.
- Ability to apply logical and critical thinking skills to projects.
- A willingness to learn.