Profession construction engineer

Construction engineers interpret building designs and add technical specifications to construction projects. They integrate engineering principles into the designs to ensure that structures are safe and resistant. They work together with architects and engineers to transform design ideas into executable plans.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Building codes

    The set of guidelines that determine the minimum standards for buildings and other constructions in order to protect public health and safety.

  • Construction methods

    The various techniques and methods for erecting buildings and other constructions.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Architectural design

    The branch of architecture that strives for balance and harmony in the elements of a construction or architectural project.

Skills

  • Communicate with construction crews

    Exchange information with the construction crews or supervisors to ensure smooth progress of the construction project. Obtain updates on the progress and any obstacles, and inform the crews of any changes in the schedule or procedures.

  • Define technical requirements

    Specify technical properties of goods, materials, methods, processes, services, systems, software and functionalities by identifying and responding to the particular needs that are to be satisfied according to customer requirements.

  • Integrate building requirements of clients in the architectural design

    Interpret clients’ requirements for building projects and integrate them into the design of the construction while considering feasibility and budget constraints.

  • Oversee construction project

    Make sure that the construction project is carried out in compliance with the building permit, the execution plans, the performance and design specifications, and the relevant regulations.

  • Satisfy technical requirements

    Take into consideration technical requirements coming from the clients or from the engineers in order to integrate them into the design.

  • Make numerical calculations

    Work with numbers and perform complex calculations. An understanding of the basics of maths is crucial.

  • Integrate measures in architectural designs

    Integrate measurements, taken at sites or included in the project, into the design and drafting of architectural projects. Integrate considerations such as fire safety, acoustics, and building physics.

  • Execute feasibility study

    Perform the evaluation and assessment of the potential of a project, plan, proposition or new idea. Realise a standardised study which is based on extensive investigation and research to support the process of decision making.

  • Monitor construction site

    Keep an overview of what happens at the construction site at all times. Identify who is present and what stage of the construction work each crew is in.

  • Advise on building matters

    Provide advice on building matters to the various parties involved in construction projects. Bring to their awareness important building considerations and consult on construction budgets.

  • Consider building constraints in architectural designs

    Conceive the different types of constraints faced in architecture and building projects, including budgetary, time, labour, material, and natural constraints.

Optional knowledge and skills

satisfy aesthetic requirements integrate engineering principles in architectural design ensure compliance with construction project deadline building materials industry analyse problems for opportunities adjust engineering designs develop architectural plans civil engineering negotiate with stakeholders adapt existing designs to changed circumstances architectural theory monitor parameters' compliance in construction projects advise customers on building materials