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Project Engineer

Introduction

As a Project Engineer, you will provide the link between a Project Manager, and the technical, engineering team. You will use your engineering knowledge and experience, to help the Project Managers make decisions.

Also known as

  • Planning Engineer

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Work Activities

As a Project Engineer, you will provide the link between a Project Manager, and the engineering team. You will use your engineering knowledge and experience, to help the Project Managers make decisions.

You will be responsible for keeping engineering projects on time and on budget, as well as making sure enerything is going according to plan.

Project Engineers can work in any branch of engineering.

Your day-to day duties could include:

  • establishing the requirements of a project
  • working with other management teams, such as the business development team, to plan projects
  • provide weekly progress reports to management
  • running regular team meetings, to make sure everyone is aware of the current situation
  • making sure that health and safety standards are being maintained in the project
  • making sure that any legal requirements are being met
  • negotiating with third parties (people from outside of your organisation)
  • managing training requirements

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Project Engineer, you will need:

  • IT skills
  • engineering experience in the industry you choose to specialise in
  • project management skills
  • to be aware of health and safety regulations, regarding your industry

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £30,000 - £33,500
  • With experience: £37,000 - £45,500
  • Senior Project Engineers earn £49,500 - £54,000

Hours of work

You will most likely work around 35-40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Occasional late finishes and weekend work may be required.

Where could I work?

Employers include manufacturing firms in the following industries:

  • renewable energies
  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • charity
  • construction
  • electrical
  • building services
  • manufacturing
  • oil & gas

Being a Project Engineer can lead to you working anywhere in the world.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, on recruitment and employers' websites, and on Find a Job (www.gov.uk/jobsearch).

Social media websites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, are a great way to network, find vacancies and get in contact with possible employers. Make sure that your profile presents you in a professional manner that will appeal to potential employers.

Take a look at our General Information Article 'Finding Work Online'

GreenJobs is a job board aimed at people interested in green careers:

www.greenjobs.co.uk/browse-jobs/engineering/

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

Normally, employers will expect you to have a HND, HNC or a degree in order to enter straight into this career. However, if you are thinking about leaving school after finishing your A levels, you could consider getting a lower level job and training within the industry you intend to specialise in.

You might be able to get onto a Higher Level Apprenticeship in a relevant area.

Then, once you have gained relevant industry skills and experience, you might be able to apply for Project Engineer positions.

A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article 'Internships', for more details.

Work Experience

Previous experience working in these areas would be really useful for this career:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • construction
  • electrical
  • building services
  • manufacturing
  • oil & gas

Progression

Depending on their qualification, Project Engineers can progress by taking on more responsibility for the management of engineering projects and teams of Engineers.

Some Engineers choose to become self-employed or take contract work on a freelance basis.

Qualifications

To enter a relevant degree course, the usual requirements are:

  • 2/3 A levels
  • GCSEs in your A level subjects at grade C/4 or above
  • a further 2/3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above
  • English, maths and a science subject are usually required at GCSE at grade C/4 or above

To get onto an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths, or to have completed an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.

To get onto a Higher Level Apprenticeship, you will need at least two A Levels, or an Advanced Level Apprenticeship.

Other qualifications, such as a relevant BTEC level 3 qualifications or the International Baccalaureate Diploma are often accepted.

However, course requirements vary, so please check college/university websites very carefully.

Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A level.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Skills/experience

Experience within the industry you intened to specialise in is essential for this career. Employers value your engineering experience as highly as formal qualifications. Maybe you have experience in one of the following industries?

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • construction
  • electrical
  • building services
  • manufacturing
  • oil & gas

Further Information

Semta

Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT

Tel: 0845 6439001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Website: www.semta.org.uk

Tomorrow's Engineers

Publisher: EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering

Email: contactus@tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)

Address: Blue Court, Church Lane, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 8JP

Tel: 01923 260000

Email: ecitb@ecitb.org.uk

Website: careers.ecitb.org.uk

Scottish Engineering

Scottish enquiries

Address: 105 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QL

Tel: 0141 2213181

Email: consult@scottishengineering.org.uk

Website: www.scottishengineering.org.uk

Engineering Council

Address: 246 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EX

Tel: 020 3206 0500

Website: www.engc.org.uk

Engineering Training Council Northern Ireland (ETC NI)

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Address: Sketrick House, Ards Business Park, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH

Tel: 028 9182 2377

Email: info@etcni.org.uk

Website: www.etcni.org.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

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