Typical Work Activities

The work involves turning the designer's plans into reality by actually building them. Contracting engineers ensure that all aspects of the construction project under their responsibility - from ground works and foundations to final finishes - are completed within cost and time constraints and to client specification.

  • liaising and working jointly with the design team (consulting engineers) to implement refinements;
  • negotiating modifications with architects and consulting engineers;
  • dealing skillfully with a diverse range of people including clients, architects, other engineering professionals, sub-contractors and members of the public;
  • taking responsibility for health and safety on site;
  • making judgements and solving problems;
  • supervising construction;
  • dealing with the logistics of supplies;
  • scheduling work;
  • providing appropriate plans for construction;
  • monitoring the provision of materials;
  • liaising with and directing the work of sub-contractors employed on the project;
  • ensuring quality of workmanship.

However, turning designer's plans into reality is never straightforward and other activities are likely to include:

    • finding solutions to overcome unforeseen construction difficulties;
    • scheduling and adjusting each stage of the project to meet time and budget targets;
    • dealing with complaints from local people experiencing disruption due to building works.