For a career as a site engineer, you'll need good communication skills and the ability to think critically in order to problem solve.

As a site engineer, your input to construction projects will be technical, organisational and supervisory. You'll set out and determine the location for infrastructural installations, both above and below ground, and will apply designs and plans to mark out the site. You'll also share responsibility for site security, health and safety and the organisation and supervision of material and human resources.

Projects can range from small scale to multi-million pound ventures and may include civil, road, rail and other infrastructure projects. Working as part of the site management team.

As a Site Engineer, you'll need to:

  • act as the main technical adviser on a construction site for subcontractors, craftspeople and operatives

  • set out, level and survey the site

  • check plans, drawings and quantities for accuracy of calculations

  • ensure that all materials used and work performed are in accordance with the specifications

  • oversee the selection and requisition of materials

  • agree a price for materials and make cost-effective solutions and proposals for the intended project

  • manage, monitor and interpret the contract design documents supplied by the client or architect

  • liaise with any consultants, subcontractors, supervisors, planners, quantity surveyors and the general workforce involved in the project

  • liaise with the local authority (where appropriate to the project) to ensure compliance with local construction regulations and by-laws

  • communicate with clients and their representatives (architects, engineers and surveyors), including attending regular meetings to keep them informed of progress

  • day-to-day management of the site, including supervising and monitoring the site labour force and the work of any subcontractors

  • plan the work and efficiently organise the plant and site facilities in order to meet agreed deadlines

  • oversee quality control and health and safety matters on site

  • prepare reports as required

  • resolve any unexpected technical difficulties and other problems that may arise.


Typical starting salaries range from £22,000 to £26,000 for graduate site engineers.
Salaries for those with experience and qualifications range from £25,000 to £35,000.
Site engineers at senior level can expect to earn between £35,000 and £55,000 - sometimes more.

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