Project Engineer

Plan, organize, and execute engineering projects.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$95,000 – $147,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Project Engineers do?

The job of “Project Engineer” is one of the most efficient jobs, combining engineering expertise with project management practices to create the business equivalent of a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter: someone who kicks project butt!

To put it differently, “Project Engineer” is one of the world’s perfect combinations. Like chocolate and vanilla ice cream mixed together to produce chocolate-vanilla swirl, a Labrador and a poodle bred together to produce a Labradoodle, and a plum cross-pollinated with an apricot to produce a pluot, a Project Manager is combined with an Engineer to come up with a Project Engineer.

When you’re a Project Engineer, it’s your job to oversee engineering projects from start to finish. Those projects might be construction projects, IT projects, mechanical projects, or manufacturing projects. Always, however, they require someone with advanced technical knowledge to move the project along from the planning phase to the execution phase.

Because you’re that person, it’s up to you to assemble a project team, delegate project tasks, and supervise project progress. What’s more, it’s up to your inner Project Manager to use established project management methodologies to create and enforce project timelines, establish and monitor project budgets, and anticipate and mitigate project risks. It sounds complicated, but it’s made easier by the fact that you’re a licensed Engineer, which means you know not only how to manage technical projects but also how to execute them.

Basically, think of yourself as an Undercover Police Officer: Companies hire you to manage their projects because your engineering expertise allows you to oversee things “from the inside”!

Should I be a Project Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Project Development Engineer

    How to become a Project Engineer

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