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Facts About Construction Field Engineer

Factors Of Constructions Field Engineers

By rachael everlyPublished 2 years ago 4 min read
Facts About Construction Field Engineer

Construction field engineering involves engineering professionals working on-sites. They spend very less time working in offices. They might be working on-site of a construction building or a factory etc. Field engineers are responsible for various tasks which may include planning, designing, developing and managing projects for the construction or repair of buildings or other infrastructures. They may also be able to do foundation analysis, inspection of buildings and other structures, conducting surveys, etc.

In construction industry, field engineering is a highly skilled and technical job, as these engineers are responsible for monitoring very large construction assignments. Their responsibilities include overseeing the actual physical construction of each task (i.e. pipes, roof, hearing system) to ensure that standard guidelines are met throughout the construction process. Field engineers have hands-on experience of what they do. They spend a lot of time managing each segment of construction project by working in the office and out at the physical construction site too.

Construction field managers must have effective communication skills to coordinate with both upper management. And those working on-site in the field. They may also be require to coordinate with financiers and update about the construction plan's progress to the concerned. If a project is delayed due to any reason, they should communicate the reasoning. And explain to the management and provide a plan for getting back on track.

Lets briefly look into the various roles that are performed by construction field manager:

  • Coordinate with clients and team members of the engineering project and conduct research to determine various requirements
  • Plan and design various infrastructure projects such as buildings, roads, bridges, water management systems etc.
  • To make construction specifications and standard procedures
  • Analyse various building materials and recommend the most appropriate ones.
  • Understand and approve surveys for design layouts.
  • Overseeing compliance of construction plans with the standard guidelines and specifications of construction project.
  • Develop, manage, monitor and update construction work timelines
  • Do research and feasibility studies, economic evaluation, environmental impact studies or other investigations that might be appropriate to conduct.
  • To check the quality of air, water and soil and establish procedures to clean up polluted sites
  • Design contract documents and study and analyse tenders for construction projects
  • Manage technicians, technologists and other engineers and evaluate and approve designs, calculations and estimated costs.
  • Professional construction field engineer develop over time perfect organizational and interpersonal skills. These are very important for long and beneficial career prospects. More often than not, field engineers provide support to customers on top of onsite service.

    Considering the high level of expertise required in this profession, compensation is also likely to be high. The national average salary for a Construction Field Engineer is $70,000+ per year in United States.  Pay scale is also subject to the level of experience one has as a construction field engineer. Education and knowledge and skill set will also reflect in the pay of construction field engineer. More skills engineers who deliver good projects successfully are more likely to be paid higher. This is only possible if you know your work well at all levels of the construction project.

    Due to more and more construction work taking place around the world and need for better and improved infrastructure. The demand for construction field engineers is say to be derive demand and tends to see an over all increase. Employment of construction field engineers is estimate to grow by 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, almost as fast as the average for all other professions. Approximate 25,000 openings for construction field engineers are project each year, at an average over the next ten years.  This is evident that this is a promising occupation and will be in demand for a foreseeable future. This provides the existing and new construction field engineers with an amazing opportunity to grow professionally by achieving best education and skill set.

    As mention early, good skill set is a key to being a successful construction field engineer. Let’s also outline some skills that are expect to be demonstrate by a construction field engineer: good problem-solving skills, effective communication skills, strong multitasking ability, Critical thinking and analytical skills, time-management skills, technical skills and many more.

    To sum up construction field engineers are engineering professionals who work on-site in a various setups to oversee workers and update the management about the status of different construction projects. These engineers also act as problem solvers as they are require to resolve malfunctions or other crises such as construction or machinery problems while looking into repairs and technical maintenance. They must conduct research and feasibility studies on-site and installing new systems and applying technology to ensure smooth operations of machinery. Field engineers must also communicate with clients to discuss and determine the requirements and explain bottle necks of projects. Hence, being diligent and vigilant both at the same time in order to assure that all tasks are perform in most appropriate and timely manner.


    About the Creator

    rachael everly

    Rachael Everly is an undergraduate student who loves to write on the topics related to packaging. She provides custom cigarette box for companies that require retail packaging.

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