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What does a Project Engineer do?

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.

What are the Main Tasks of a Project Engineer?

  • Coordinate and direct projects, making detailed plans to accomplish goals and directing the integration of technical activities.
  • Consult or negotiate with clients to prepare project specifications.
  • Present and explain proposals, reports, or findings to clients.
  • Direct, review, and approve product design and changes.
  • Recruit employees, assign, direct, and evaluate their work, and oversee the development and maintenance of staff competence.
  • Perform administrative functions such as reviewing and writing reports, approving expenditures, enforcing rules, and making decisions about the purchase of materials or services.
  • Prepare budgets, bids, and contracts, and direct the negotiation of research contracts.
  • Analyze technology, resource needs, and market demand, to plan and assess the feasibility of projects.
  • Confer with management, production, or marketing staff to discuss project specifications or procedures.
  • Review and recommend or approve contracts and cost estimates.
  • Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for the engineering and technical work performed in the department, service, laboratory or firm.
  • Plan or direct the installation, testing, operation, maintenance, or repair of facilities or equipment.
  • Administer highway planning, construction, or maintenance.
  • Confer with and report to officials and the public to provide information and solicit support for projects.
  • Set scientific and technical goals within broad outlines provided by top management.
  • Direct the engineering of water control, treatment, or distribution projects.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate survey work with other staff activities, certifying survey work, and writing land legal descriptions.
  • Develop or implement programs to improve sustainability or reduce the environmental impacts of engineering or architecture activities or operations.
  • Evaluate environmental regulations or social pressures related to environmental issues to inform strategic or operational decision-making.
  • Evaluate the environmental impacts of engineering, architecture, or research and development activities.
  • Identify environmental threats or opportunities associated with the development and launch of new technologies.
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