The project engineer role is perfect for those early in their career. In this position, you’ll assist with all aspects of project management and estimating. You’ll work closely with owners, architects, and subcontractors in the field. This role will allow you to grow in your understanding of construction and expose you to a variety of future positions, including project management, superintendent, and estimating roles.
The superintendent position is a great alternative to the project manager role, especially if you enjoy hands-on field work. As a superintendent, you’ll be responsible for the overall direction of the project and all subcontractor personnel. You maintain quality control and work flow, but most importantly, you’ll be responsible for ensuring the safety of everyone on site.
This role is a common “next step” for project engineers. Project managers are responsible for the on-time and on-budget completion of the project. In this role, you’ll work closely with the client and architect, and be involved in the project from preconstruction to closeout. You serve as the leader for the team, defining goals and motivating the team toward success.
A third advancement opportunity for a project engineer is an estimating role. As an estimator, you assist in providing cost and constructability analysis, value engineering, design development, and other preconstruction services. You help to bring in work, as well as set up current projects for success. This role is ideal for those that are analytical and enjoy working with numbers.
As a project manager, superintendent or estimator, you’ll have the opportunity to advance into a variety of executive roles. Within the estimating department, high level positions include vice president and preconstruction manager. Alternatively, within operations, your opportunities include operations manager, construction executive, and safety officer roles.