Associate Consultant

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Associate Consultants generally join a company or organisation soon after completing their undergraduate degree. An Associate Consultant continuously learns and expands his/her technical competence in their specific field. This position can consist of such tasks as assisting with the execution and delivery of planned project objectives and aiding clients in learning, understanding, and applying process improvement methods. An associate consultancy position is a learning role, with most tasks undertaken with assistance and/or supervision from more senior staff.

The following are descriptions of Associate Consultant positions in specific fields.

Chemical Engineering

An associate consultant chemical engineer spends the majority of their time researching and performing analysis. As chemical engineering consultants work with process design and implementation, project management, simulation processes and plant expansions, an associate's role is to assist in completing this work under the guidance of senior staff. Associate consultant engineers get exposed to a broad range of processes and projects to increase their knowledge and expertise.

Civil Engineering

Associate consultants within the field of Civil Engineering typically assist senior consultants with the construction of infrastructural projects such as residential homes, offices, and drainage systems. In collaboration with other engineering professionals, they may be involved at some or all stages of project construction, including research, design, testing, on-site construction, and maintenance. Careers in associate civil engineering consulting may lead to senior positions in consulting and related fields including project management, maintenance engineering, quality assurance engineering, and research.

Computer/Software Engineering

Associate consultants in the field of computer and software engineering assist the process of software development and security. Typically an associate consultant in this field will apply risk management techniques to computing and software, use their technical expertise to build more robust, secure software and computer systems, and perform as a consultant on a broad range of software and computer issues.

Electrical Engineering

Associate consultants with a focus on Electrical Engineering assist senior consultants and other engineering professionals with the design, construction, and maintenance of electrical systems for clients in the public and private sectors. They gain practical and technical experience working with projects such as telecommunication networks, lighting systems, and power grids. They learn how to monitor budgets and resources, assess project safety, and build productive relationships with clients, colleagues, and construction personnel. Careers in associate consulting may lead to senior positions in consulting and related fields including project management, maintenance engineering, quality assurance engineering, and research.

Mechanical Engineering

Associate mechanical engineering consultants are typically hired by clients in the public and private sectors to assist senior consultants and other engineering professionals with the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of mechanical systems. They gain experience working with a wide range of projects such as air-conditioners, elevators, pipelines, and safety systems. Careers in associate consulting may lead to senior positions in consulting and related fields like project management, maintenance engineering, quality assurance engineering, and research.

Surveying

Associate surveying consultants assist senior consultants and other professionals in providing surveying and geographic information management consultancies. They gain experience working with a wide range of projects that require creative and innovative solutions to respond appropriately with specific understanding of client needs. These projects may involve utilising new technology including digital data collection, analysis and presentation; the Global Positioning System (GPS); and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); and laser scanning and 3-D modelling. Careers in associate consulting may lead to senior positions in consulting and related fields like project management, maintenance engineering, quality assurance engineering, and research.