Planning engineers, also known as project planners, are responsible for planning and co-ordinating the materials, plant, equipment and labour for large construction projects. They produce tenders, gathering information from estimators, buyers and quantity surveyors to plan a contract programme, scheduling the project in the most logical and economic way.
If the tender is successful, planning engineers liaise with construction managers and sub- contractors to check the project’s progress, and make any necessary adjustments to the schedule in order to meet deadlines for completion. They are responsible for ensuring that all resources are used in the most cost-effective and efficient way. They are also sometimes known as construction project managers.
Planning engineers generally work a 40-hour week, although this will vary where deadlines must be met.
The work is mainly office-based involving extensive use of computers, but also includes visits to sites which may be cold, dirty, dusty and noisy. This involves long or short stays away from home and a considerable degree of travel.
To be a planning engineer you should:
Most opportunities for planning engineers are with large or medium- sized building contractors and civil engineering contractors. There are also opportunities with large organisations which have regular construction requirements, such as local and national government bodies, and major retail, industrial and commercial firms. There are opportunities abroad for those with language skills.
It is possible for planning engineers to move up the construction management chain, perhaps starting as contracts manager. Beyond that there are opportunities to move into more general construction management careers. Alternatively, it is possible to work independently as a consultant planner to a number of different construction contracts.
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Association of Building Engineers
Billing Brook Road
Tel: 01604 404121
Construction Industry Training Board *
Tel: 01485 577577
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