Starting the Construction Process
One of the first things that the construction project engineer has to do is to arrange for the necessary men, materials, and equipment needed to execute the project.
Manpower can be in the form of direct engagement of skilled tradesmen and other workers or contracting out the work to be done to qualified contractors. In both cases the proper qualification of the workers or contractor has to be ensured.
The engineer has to set up a separate procurement cell that will arrange for all the necessary materials required for the execution. He has also to arrange for necessary equipment required during the process of construction. While doing this he must ensure that the equipment will give the necessary productivity and quality.
Offsite, the engineer has to make detailed schedules for various items of work so that their execution fits in with the overall completion dates. He has also to set up systems for making the necessary payments to worker, contractors and suppliers of materials and equipment. While doing this he has to coordinate with the owners to plan and ensure the necessary cash flow for the project depending on the schedules worked out.
A good project engineer has to pay sufficient attention to quality and set up a separate QA (quality assurance) and QC (quality control) section if the size of the project warrants it. Proper testing procedures for testing materials being used and completed work have to be laid down. He also must set up procedures for waste management and environmental control. Safety standards need to be set up and enforced at all stages of the construction process. Proper housekeeping on the project during its execution is also the responsibility of the construction project engineer.
One of the jobs of a construction project engineer is to prepare detailed reports on the physical progress and other financial and contractual matters which would have to be presented to the stakeholders of the project.
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