A site engineer’s role will be very different depending on the project they are working on - the duties will be very different from a housing project to a commercial area development, for example. However, a site engineer’s job is generally to provide technical advice, manage staff on site and ensure the completion of various parts of the construction project. Site engineers have similar roles to construction managers, though their role is more technical.

what are the main duties and responsibilities of a site engineer?

A site engineer job description includes but is not limited to;

  • Offering technical advice on a construction site for subcontractors, craftspeople and operatives
  • Managing the site and parts of construction projects
  • Overseeing building work and ensuring the quality of the work
  • Setting out, levelling and surveying the site
  • Ensuring the plans, drawings and quantities are accurate for calculations
  • Supervising site security, health and safety
  • Organising and overseeing material and human resources.
  • Managing the design documents supplied by the client
  • Liaising with the local authority to ensure compliance with local construction regulations and by-laws
  • Reporting progress and other updates back to clients
  • Planning the work efficiently and adapting to any setbacks or difficulties

what is a site engineer’s salary in the UK?

A permanently employed site engineer’s salary can range from £35,000 to £60,000. Temporary or contract workers on the other hand can earn anything from £230 to £450 a day. These variations all depend on location and past experience.

what are the key skills required to be a site engineer?

  • Strong management and organisational abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Technical knowhow

  • The ability to multitask

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent IT knowledge

  • Strong project-management

  • Knowledge of relevant building and health and safety legislation

How to become a site engineer.

It is not required to have a degree to become a site engineer though many tend to prefer going through university to get a civil, structural, mechanical or geotechnical engineering degree. Whether a site engineer has a degree or not, recruiters will generally favour those who have past experience over those who don’t.

It is preferable for a graduate site engineer to become chartered through one of the following professional bodies:

It is possible for a site engineer to progress into a more senior role such as project manager or contracts manager.

So if you’re looking for a career in site engineering, take a look at our jobs and apply now.