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Job Title – Site Engineer


A Site Engineer offers advice in the planning, co-ordination and supervision of technical aspects of construction projects. A site engineer's role is vital to a construction project: they have many responsibilities including solving technical issues, providing advice, management and preparing reports.

Typical Job Activities

Manages parts of construction projects
Oversees building work
Undertakes surveys
Sets out sites and organising facilities
Checks technical designs and drawings to ensure that they are followed correctly
Supervises contracted staff
Ensures projects meet agreed specifications, budgets or timescales
Liaises with clients, subcontractors and other professional staff, especially quantity surveyors and the overall project manager
Provides technical advice and solving problems on site
Prepares site reports and filling in other paperwork
Liaises with quantity surveyors about the ordering and negotiating the price of materials
Ensures that health and safety and sustainability policies and legislation are adhered to

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Related Occupations

Building contractor
Civil engineer
Construction quantity surveyor
Industrial designer
Industrial engineer
Landscape architect
Town and regional planner

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption
For a Degree course in BEng/BSc in Civil Engineering/Construction Management at a University
For a diploma in NDip/BTech or related courses at a Technikon

Compulsory subjects:

Mathematics and Physical Science
Recommended subjects: Accounting

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be proficient in speech and writing
Work accurately
Be scrupulous and reliable
Have mathematical ability
Be practical
Have perseverance
Be interested in legal procedures, finance and building

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Possible Employers

Government departments
Provincial administrators
Private firms

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Relevant Contact Details

The Engineering Council of South Africa

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance
General management studies

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Management positions in the specific field
General business management

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can study for a number of years and face intellectual challenges
I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can apply my special skills
I like to work with numbers