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The primary role of a site engineer is to plan, organise, and monitor the technical aspects of construction projects. They are responsible for project administration, conducting quality assurance reports, and meeting project deadlines.
Site engineers typically work for contractors, but some consultancy firms employ their own resident site engineers. They divide their time between the office and the field, and often require a civil engineering degree or construction management degree with two or more years experience working in a building/civil contractor environment.
Major responsibilities of the site engineer include:
- Assess structural designs and damage
- Conduct quality assurance reports
- Liaise with subcontractors and suppliers invovled in the project
- Monitor the safety of inspectors and construction workers
- Identify design faults
- Write reports
- Forensic investigations of building damage
Project engineers are sometimes referred to as junior project managers as they manage a team of site engineers. The roles and responsibilities of a project engineer are similar to those of a site engineer; however they are the link between the project manager and a team of site engineers in a large construction firm.