Engineering project management refers to the process of integrating several different types of engineering to complete a single client project or several projects. Trained project managers integrate different departments of engineering, materials supply, human resources, materials allocation, project planning, construction and execution of the project. They also coordinate with senior managers to make sure that projects get completed on time according to client requirements and needs. If want to become a project engineer, here is a quick career guide to the profession
- The typical job responsibilities of a trained engineering project manger will be as follows:
- Coordinate with the client and understand what the client or the client company wants to achieve with the project
- Plan out the timescale, finances, and the resources for the project and coordinate with the client to finalize these aspects for the project
- Prepare a detailed plan for the entire project with a start date and an end date and map out the exact progress of the project day-by-day as the project progresses.
- Get in touch with hiring managers to select and train the team for the project
- Negotiate with suppliers, contractors and team managers for materials, materials allocation and material use.
- Check with team leaders and team managers to ensure that the projects are progressing on time and on budget.
- Quality control of the different steps of the project
- Ensuring that there are no problems with staff and resources during the time of the project
- Coordinating with the client or senior managers to report on the progress of the project.
Most project managers follow projects quite closely. They might have to work from 9am-7pm but it will also involve field visits, regular office visits, client meetings, meetings with team head and supply department heads etc. As the project nears completion, project managers may also have to work longer hours to ensure that the project is completed on time and in budget. A few long-term projects may require extensive traveling and time away from home but it depends on the project location and the client.
Most engineering project managers learn while on the job. They might have a basis engineering degree with a few years of experience working on a small project. After completing the engineering degree, they might also take on a management degree which will add to their basic skill set and help them with engineering project management. Some candidates also have additional degrees in construction, science and technology and business which may help considerably in the supply part of the project.
However, a good project management degree or certification from a PMI or project management institute and education center (such as this one) can be very important. Professional organizations will prefer candidates who have professional certification and the PMI offers industry recognized certification which is valuable and essential for better jobs and higher salaries.