Profession contract engineer

Contract engineers combine technical knowledge of contracts and legal matters with understanding of engineering specifications and principles. They ensure that both parts are aligned in the development of a project and foresee the compliance of all the engineering specifications and matters as defined in contracts.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • 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.

  • Technical drawings

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

  • Project management

    Understand project management and the activities which comprise this area. Know the variables implied in project management such as time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and responding to unexpected events.

  • Contract law

    The field of legal principles that govern written agreements between parties concerning the exchange of goods or services, including contractual obligations and termination.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Manage contracts

    Negotiate the terms, conditions, costs and other specifications of a contract while making sure they comply with legal requirements and are legally enforceable. Oversee the execution of the contract, agree on and document any changes.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Interpret technical requirements

    Analyse, understand and apply the information provided regarding technical conditions.

  • Ensure compliance with purchasing and contracting regulations

    Implement and monitor company activities in compliance with legal contracting and purchasing legislations.

  • Assess financial viability

    Revise and analyse financial information and requirements of projects such as their budget appraisal, expected turnover, and risk assessment for determining the benefits and costs of the project. Assess if the agreement or project will redeem its investment, and whether the potential profit is worth the financial risk.

  • Build business relationships

    Establish a positive, long-term relationship between organisations and interested third parties such as suppliers, distributors, shareholders and other stakeholders in order to inform them of the organisation and its objectives.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Manage engineering project

    Manage engineering project resources, budget, deadlines, and human resources, and plan schedules as well as any technical activities pertinent to the project.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain contract administration tax legislation labour legislation manage tender processes compare contractors' bids identify suppliers perform project management assess supplier risks issue sales invoices consult with technical staff cost management manage contract disputes carry out tendering manage sub-contract labour meet contract specifications construction industry perform contract compliance audits handle customer complaints