Project Engineer Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions

What Does a Project Engineer Do?

A project engineer plans, schedules, coordinates, and manages the engineering and technical aspects of projects to complete them. They also develop the criteria by which the success of the project will be measured. This includes inspection guidelines, a review of project designs, and the implementation of project elements. Forecasting is also a significant aspect of a project engineer’s duties.

Most project engineers work in the construction, manufacturing, and technology industries. These engineers frequently interact with clients and stakeholders to interpret their needs and represent them in the field. They must also communicate effectively with project managers to provide assistance and technical support. Individuals in this role are also responsible for the accuracy and quality of a project from the conception phase to completion.

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Project Engineer Job Descriptions

Example 1

ABC Company, an award-winning, multi-discipline environmental engineering firm specializing in water, wastewater, and civil infrastructure, is seeking a licensed Lead Water Project Engineer to join our company. The ideal candidate has a passion for working on drinking water projects and enjoys being technically challenged working with a team of leading experts in the water industry.


  • Technical planning, design, and construction of drinking water source, distribution, storage, and treatment projects
  • Provide technical support to project managers and project engineers
  • Hydraulic Design – pumps/pipes
  • Construction administration and oversight
  • Conducting treatability and preliminary engineering studies
  • Perform QA/QC

Essential functions

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Personal organization and time management skills
  • Able to build strong relationships with coworkers
  • Committed to continual learning
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Diligent and dependable


  • Minimum 5-8 years of experience


  • Professional Engineer License


  • B.S. Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering

Example 2


  • Material procurement and ordering
  • Oversee Subcontractors and full construction project on a daily bases
  • Coordinate subcontractors, architects, inspectors, and suppliers to resolve any problems with materials or methods
  • Establish and maintain an effective and professional on-site working relationship with Owners, Architects, Consulting Engineers, and other parties related to the project
  • Enforce a safe work environment, practices, and culture on the project
  • Provide planning, designing, and construction services for municipal infrastructure projects
  • Ensure tasks will be completed on time and within budget
  • Practice collaborative research with fellow team members


  • College degree and some experience in commercial construction working for a GC
  • High attention to detail regarding project organization
  • Career oriented individual who wants to progress further in their career and take on additional responsibility
  • Proficient use of MS products ( Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • 1-3 years experience in the field preferred
  • Strong mathematical and computer aptitude is also necessary

Example 3

ABC Company is actively seeking an Entry-Level Project Engineer for a remote contract position.

The Project Engineer supports the project engineering team with the responsibility for integrating the various engineering, scheduling, and purchasing aspect of the project.


  • Support the planning, setup and monitoring of the project systems (e.g. MDL and DOR), inter-discipline workflows and coordination of design activities through engineering disciplines as well as resolution of inter-disciplinary issues
  • Supports the periodic reviews of engineering execution schedule and budget, expediting of engineering teams (e.g. two-week deliverables look-ahead), escalation of needs (e.g. action items) and reporting of project technical delivery status (e.g. monthly reports)
  • Supports Project Engineers in tracking and compiling any design or specification changes and their resultant impacts (e.g. ECNs and contract deviations)
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • Ability to write reports and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the group
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals
  • Strive for excellence through developing concepts to improve processes and reduce costs
  • Protect Company confidential information by not communicating, disclosing, or using for benefit of third parties and maintain the highest degree of honesty and integrity at all times
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures, and reporting all unsafe activities to Management and/or Human Resources
  • Maintain the highest degree of honesty and integrity at all times


  • Knowledge of spreadsheet (e.g. MS Excel), word processing (e.g. MS Words), electronic mail (e.g. MS Outlook), 3D graphics, and technical diagrams/flow charts (e.g. MS Vision)
  • 2 years of project engineering experience is required

Education/experience requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering

Sample Interview Questions

  • In what ways do you approach the design and development of projects?
  • What measures do you take to make sure that project designs are completed on time and within budget?
  • Share a time when you collaborated with project teams and stakeholders.
  • How do you cultivate the most critical technical skills for a project engineer?
  • How do you translate technical concepts to clients and stakeholders with no technical background?
  • What are your methods for managing and prioritizing technical tasks?
  • In what ways have you addressed project risks and issues, and how have these strategies worked for you?
  • What tools or systems do you use to manage your project documentation, and how do you ensure that it is accurate and up-to-date?
  • What strategies do you use to mitigate project risks and issues?
  • How do you ensure a safe working environment for your team and clients?

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