What does a Project Engineer do?
Project Engineers have a leadership and planning role where they help direct the steps of a project in an efficient manner. They communicate with other Engineers producing schematics and technical plans for a project about the supplies they need and how much time they need to allot to a project. Project Engineers collect comprehensive data about aspects of a project, examining trends and helping determine how to manage change and growth. Project Engineers make budget recommendations, estimate time requirements and determine the resources necessary for meeting all of a project’s goals.
Project Engineer skills and qualifications
For a Project Engineer to be successful in their role they should possess the following skills and qualifications:
- Organization and problem-solving skills
- Ability to use specialized software for collaboration and time management, including spreadsheets
- Experience with inventory control and process improvement
- Strong time management and analytical skills
- Firm understanding of complex mathematical concepts
- Proven leadership skills
- Strong communication skills
Project Engineer salary expectations
A Project Engineer makes an average of $79,306 per year. Salary may depend on the candidate’s level of experience, education and geographic location.
Project Engineer education and training requirements
Most Project Engineers hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or another related field. Some Project Engineers obtain master’s degrees and advance to senior roles. A Project Engineer may also have a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification or other specialized certification. Depending on the state, some Project Engineers may be required to obtain a Professional Engineer license, which requires a four-year degree, relevant work experience and a passing grade for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exams.
Project Engineer experience requirements
In addition to a bachelor’s degree, many employers require Project Engineers to have 4 or more years of experience in the field and knowledge of project planning. Most employers require Project Engineers to also have experience in a leadership role to ensure they can handle the responsibilities of the job.
Job description samples for similar positions
If this Project Engineer job description doesn’t fit your needs, review our job descriptions for similar roles: