Project engineers use their expertise to see engineering projects from concept to completion by organizing and controlling the project elements. Part of this involves developing project objectives by reviewing project proposals and plans. In addition to document reviews, the project engineer also works closely with management in order to ensure the project’s success.
Other duties include:
- Determine project responsibilities by identifying project phases and elements; assigning personnel to phases and elements; reviewing bids from contractors.
- Determine project specifications by studying product design, customer requirements, and performance standards; completing technical studies; preparing cost estimates.
- Confirm product performance by designing and conducting tests.
- Bridge the boundaries between engineering and project management
- Leading the technical workers who design engineer and build projects
- Project Engineers are the same as the Project Manager working in conjunction with one another with joint responsibility
- It is generally not acceptable to use P.E. as an abbreviation for project engineer, as P.E. refers to a licensed professional engineer in the United States.
Project engineers often work in the following fields:
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- Oil & Gas
- Electrical utilities
- Power plants
- Wind farms
- Architectural & Engineering Firms
- Land development
- Medical device manufacturing