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Working As An Assistant Project Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Project Engineer Do

Civil engineers design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Many civil engineers work in design, construction, research, and education.

Duties

Civil engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze long range plans, survey reports, maps, and other data in order to plan projects
  • Consider construction costs, government regulations, potential environmental hazards, and other factors in planning the stages of, and risk analysis for, a project
  • Compile and submit permit applications to local, state, and federal agencies, verifying that projects comply with various regulations
  • Perform or oversee soil testing to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations
  • Test building materials, such as concrete, asphalt, or steel, for use in particular projects
  • Provide cost estimates for materials, equipment, or labor to determine a project’s economic feasibility
  • Use design software to plan and design transportation systems, hydraulic systems, and structures in line with industry and government standards
  • Perform or oversee surveying operations in order to establish reference points, grades, and elevations to guide construction
  • Present their findings to the public on topics such as bid proposals, environmental impact statements, or descriptions of property
  • Manage the repair, maintenance, and replacement of public and private infrastructure

Civil engineers inspect projects to insure regulatory compliance. In addition, they are tasked with ensuring that safe work practices are followed at construction sites.

Many civil engineers hold supervisory or administrative positions ranging from supervisor of a construction site to city engineer, public works director, and city manager. Others work in design, construction, research, and teaching. Civil engineers work with others on projects and may be assisted by civil engineering technicians.

Civil engineers prepare permit documents for work on projects in renewable energy. They verify that the projects will comply with federal, state, and local requirements. With regard to solar energy, these engineers conduct structural analyses for large-scale photovoltaic projects. They also evaluate the ability of solar array support structures and buildings to tolerate stresses from wind, seismic activity, and other sources. For large-scale wind projects, civil engineers often prepare roadbeds to handle large trucks that haul in the turbines. In addition, they prepare the sites on the shore or offshore to make sure that the foundations for the turbines will safely keep them upright in expected environmental conditions.

Civil engineers work on complex projects, so they usually specialize in one of several areas.

Construction engineers manage construction projects, ensuring that they are scheduled and built in accordance with plans and specifications. These engineers typically are responsible for the design and safety of temporary structures used during construction.

Geotechnical engineers work to make sure that foundations are solid. They focus on how structures built by civil engineers, such as buildings and tunnels, interact with the earth (including soil and rock). In addition, they design and plan for slopes, retaining walls, and tunnels.

Structural engineers design and assess major projects, such as buildings, bridges, or dams, to ensure their strength and durability.

Transportation engineers plan, design, operate, and maintain everyday systems, such as streets and highways, but they also plan larger projects, such as airports, ship ports, mass transit systems, and harbors.

The work of civil engineers is closely related to the work of environmental engineers.

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How To Become An Assistant Project Engineer

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Although licensure requirements vary within the United States, civil engineers usually must be licensed in the locations where they provide services directly to the public.

Education

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. Programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics, among other courses, depending on the specialty. Courses include a mix of traditional classroom learning, work in laboratories, and fieldwork.

A degree from a program accredited by the ABET is needed in order to earn the professional engineer (PE) license. In many states, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology also will suffice as an academic requirement for obtaining a license.

About 1 in 4 civil engineers has a master’s degree. Further education after the bachelor’s degree, along with the PE license and previous experience, is helpful in getting a job as a manager. For more information on engineering managers, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Civil engineers often balance multiple and frequently conflicting objectives, such as determining the feasibility of plans with regard to financial costs and safety concerns. Urban and regional planners often look to civil engineers for advice on these issues. Civil engineers must be able to make good decisions based on best practices, their own technical knowledge, and their own experience.

Leadership skills. Civil engineers take ultimate responsibility for the projects that they manage or research that they perform. Therefore, they must be able to lead planners, surveyors, construction managers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering technologists, and others in implementing their project plan.

Math skills. Civil engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Organizational skills. Only licensed civil engineers can sign the design documents for infrastructure projects. This requirement makes it imperative that civil engineers be able to monitor and evaluate the work at the jobsite as a project progresses. That way, they can ensure compliance with the design documents. Civil engineers also often manage several projects at the same time, and thus must be able to balance time needs and to effectively allocate resources.

Problem-solving skills. Civil engineers work at the highest level of the planning, design, construction, and operation of multifaceted projects or research. The many variables involved require that they possess the ability to identify and evaluate complex problems. They must be able to then utilize their skill and training to develop cost-effective, safe, and efficient solutions.

Speaking skills. Civil engineers must present reports and plans to audiences of people with a wide range of backgrounds and technical knowledge. This requires the ability to speak clearly and to converse with people in various settings, and to translate engineering and scientific information into easy to understand concepts.

Writing skills. Civil engineers must be able to communicate with others, such as architects, landscape architects, and urban and regional planners. They also must be able to explain projects to elected officials and citizens. This means that civil engineers must be able to write reports that are clear, concise, and understandable to those with little or no technical or scientific background.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a civil engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, approve design plans, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years working under a licensed engineer
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Each state issues its own licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements. Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses.

Advancement

Civil engineers with ample experience may move into senior positions, such as project managers or functional managers of design, construction, operation, or maintenance. However, they would first need to obtain the Professional Engineering (PE) license, because only licensed engineers can assume responsibilities for public projects.

After gaining licensure, a professional engineer may seek credentialing that attests to his or her expertise in a civil engineering specialty. Such a credential may be of help for advancement to senior technical or even managerial positions.

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Assistant Project Engineer Career Paths

Assistant Project Engineer
Project Engineer Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Project Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Supervisor Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Project Engineering Manager Construction Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineering Manager Construction Manager
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer Plant Engineer
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Civil Engineer Consultant Assistant Controller
Projects Controller
7 Yearsyrs
Civil Engineer Project Manager Project Director
Manager, Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Civil Engineer Site Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Estimator Assistant Project Manager Project Engineering Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Senior Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Mechanical Engineer Project Lead Engineer
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Estimator Production Supervisor Quality Control Supervisor
Assistant Quality Control Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Estimator Superintendent Mechanical Superintendent
Area Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Foreman Construction Superintendent
Construction Area Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Assistant Staff Engineer Section Manager
Manager Of Engineering Department
7 Yearsyrs
Site Engineer Quantity Surveyor Senior Estimator
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Project Engineer 3.4 years
Project Estimator 3.4 years
Engineer/Estimator 3.4 years
Project Inspector 3.3 years
Office Engineer 2.7 years
Site Engineer 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Project Engineer
Internship 13.5%
Engineer 5.3%
Estimator 2.9%
Inspector 2.2%
Top Careers After Assistant Project Engineer
Engineer 5.2%
Estimator 2.7%
Consultant 2.5%
Internship 2.1%

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Assistant Project Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

70.7%

Female

17.1%

Unknown

12.2%
Ethnicity

White

52.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Asian

15.5%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

5.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.9%

Hindi

10.9%

German

7.8%

Arabic

7.8%

French

6.3%

Urdu

4.7%

Portuguese

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Italian

3.1%

Swahili

1.6%

Indonesian

1.6%

Telugu

1.6%

Turkish

1.6%

Dakota

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Korean

1.6%
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Assistant Project Engineer Education

Schools

University of Florida

9.6%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

8.1%

Purdue University

7.7%

Drexel University

6.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.2%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

Wayne State University

4.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.3%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.3%

Washington State University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Manhattan College

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Auburn University

3.3%

North Carolina State University

3.3%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.3%
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Majors

Civil Engineering

26.6%

Construction Management

14.2%

Mechanical Engineering

11.8%

Business

10.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.3%

Engineering

5.0%

Construction Engineering

3.2%

Project Management

2.9%

Property Management

2.1%

Environmental Engineering

2.1%

Management

1.8%

Architecture

1.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Drafting And Design

1.3%

Industrial Engineering

1.3%

Chemical Engineering

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.6%

Masters

27.4%

Other

13.0%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

2.6%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.2%
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Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does an Assistant Project Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Assistant Project Engineer in the United States is $74,455 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $53,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

Real Assistant Project Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Project Engineer Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Feb 12, 2015 $110,178
Assistant Project Engineer Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Oct 07, 2014 $110,178
Assistant Project Engineer NK Construction Consultants, Inc. New York, NY Nov 26, 2012 $90,000
Assistant Project Engineer Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Feb 13, 2012 $89,400
Assistant Project Engineer Glenn A Rick Engineering & Development Co San Diego, CA Jan 03, 2012 $81,000
Assistant Project Engineer Glenn A Rick Engineering & Development Co San Diego, CA Dec 26, 2011 $81,000
Assistant Project Engineer University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA Jul 01, 2011 $79,200
Assistant Project Engineer Yu & Associates, Inc. Elmwood Park, NJ Dec 02, 2012 $77,741
Assistant Project Engineer Ardaman & Associates, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 17, 2015 $77,000
Assistant Project Engineer Kwan WO Ironworks Inc. Hayward, CA Sep 17, 2016 $75,000
Assistant Project Engineering Manager Continental Airlines, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $74,329
Assistant Project Engineer (Geotechnical) Ardaman & Associates Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 20, 2010 $69,000
Assistant Project Engineer III Cha Consulting, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Sep 18, 2012 $68,078
Assistant Project Engineer III Cha Consulting, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Mar 04, 2013 $68,078
Assistant Project Engineer Biggs Cardosa Associates Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 28, 2016 $67,933
Assistant Project Engineer Ardaman & Associates, Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 17, 2012 $67,000
Project Engineer/Assistant Superintendent Watkins Landmark Construction Del Mar, CA Sep 15, 2010 $66,029
Assistant Project Engineer University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA Jul 01, 2011 $65,100
Staff Engineer/Assistant Project Engineer Ardaman & Associates Inc. Orlando, FL Sep 20, 2010 $64,000
Assistant Project Engineer HVJ Associates, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2012 $60,000
Assistant Project Engineer Paul C Rizzo Associates Inc. Monroeville, PA Oct 01, 2009 $59,855
Assistant Project Engineering Associate Paul C Rizzo Associates Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Sep 22, 2010 $59,855
Assistant Project Engineering Associate Paul C Rizzo Associates Inc. Pittsburgh, PA May 17, 2010 $59,855
Assistant Project Engineer Odebrecht Construction, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 13, 2013 $57,533
Assistant Project Engineer (Geotechnical) Ardaman & Associates, Inc. Orlando, FL Jan 08, 2016 $57,500
Asst Project Engineer TLH Construction Corp New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $57,330

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Top Skills for An Assistant Project Engineer

  1. Engineering Department
  2. Project Management
  3. Submittals
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  • Carry out duties necessary to streamline process and work flow of engineering department.
  • Provide general administrative support to projects under the direction of more experienced project management professionals.
  • Tracked contractor deadlines for submittals required for scheduled material delivery.
  • Establish manpower hours, Ensure compliance with OSHA codes and conduct weekly safety meetings collect, review and compile MSDS Sheets.
  • Managed and updated RFI and Procurement log on project with 500+ instruments, electrical panels, and VFD/CMS controllers.

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