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Construction engineers are responsible for the design, planning, construction and management of infrastructures on a local and national scale. Whilst they come under the term 'construction', often they are equally skilled in civil engineering, construction management, mechanics and design. The job takes in many aspects of the construction trade, the central focus being design, construction and implementation.
Before a project can even begin, a construction engineer will be involved in surveying the land to be used. One purpose of this is to ascertain how the new structure will affect the surroundings and, equally, how the surroundings will affect the structure. Throughout this process they will need to maintain close contact with a variety of external bodies, including councils, planning departments, environment agencies, contractors and architects. In some cases, a construction engineer may be asked to help estimates costs and budgets.
The duties of a construction engineer can be both time-consuming and high-pressured and they are expected to have a firm understanding of the entire design and construction process. Much time is likely to be spent on site, ensuring the smooth running in all areas of the construction process. another large portion of a construction engineer's workload will involve writing and studying reports, surveys and graphs and relaying findings to all concerned parties.
Construction managers can work for both public and private companies. Because of their cross qualifications and wide-ranging experience they can work across many fields of work, on a variety of different projects.
Construction managers must support architects and project managers and remain in constant contact with clients to ensure the project is being completed on time and on budget and that all parties are happy with its progression.