The Importance of Project Management in Engineering

Patrick McLean our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 10 May 2017
The role of project management in engineering is not to be understated: project managers are responsible for making sure projects are delivered on time and on budget, managing project teams who work on multiple high paced dynamic projects at once, and liaising with clients to ensure schedules are completed accordingly.

We take a look at why project management is such an important and rewarding part of engineering, and what such roles typically involve. You can search for your next project management opportunity and you can also contact us for future opportunities by getting in touch here.

Why become a project manager in engineering?

There is an abundance of reasons for pursuing project management in an engineering context. In bringing together the dynamic and innovative setting of engineering, with the structured and consistent nature of project management, there lies a unique opportunity in engineering management.

For example, by working in an engineering environment as a project manager, you will understand key project management principles such as following a framework. Having a set protocol in place undoubtedly minimises time and energy spent on projects – although the project itself may differ, the key elements of project management remain the same. By following a standardised process, engineering projects are able to run more efficiently.

Furthermore, having a set framework in place means you can establish consistency in engineering projects. As a knock-on effect of this, engineers and other individuals involved in engineering projects will become more confident in how they are run. From an engineering perspective, this kind of consistency is extremely valuable. For highly skilled project managers, there are ample career opportunities as a result.

Another aspect of project management within engineering is the implementation of risk assessment. Many engineers are unaware of the level of risk assessment that is conducted during the delivery of a project, whereby project managers utilise their skills to assess risk, and pre-determine mitigation steps. All of these factors contribute to making project management a highly desirable field, especially within an engineering context.

What roles are available within project management?

TRS offer a large variety of roles within the project management engineering discipline – typically, the roles can involve the following:

  • From preparing project management plans and a detailed project implementation schedule, to establishing contract billing procedures, the role is focused on managing outputs and managing correspondence
  • Working towards mutual goals of quality products, managing the performance of many engineering firms, and reporting back to the client to ensure the successful delivery of every project
  • Manage all phases of a project, from design right through to construction and project closeout.

Check out the full job listings here, for roles in Project Management in Engineering or contact your local office here.

At TRS, we have a wealth of project management roles to choose from, spanning the US and Canada to the UK and South Africa. To explore all existing vacancies, visit the Project Management Engineering Jobs  section and apply today.

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