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Become A Site Engineer

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Working As A Site Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Site Engineer Do

A Site Engineer supervises the building work and contracted staff, and ensures that all projects meet the agreed specifications, budgets, and timescales. They provide technical advice and solve various problems on-site.

How To Become A Site 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.


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.


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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44,197 Site Engineer jobs

Santa Clara, CA
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$102,230 Estimated

Robert Half
Hampton, IL
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$84,440 Estimated

Keller Foundations, LLC
Odenton, MD
Site Engineer

$76,660 Estimated

Peak Technical Staffing USA
Coraopolis, PA
Site Engineer

$77,940 Estimated

Cincinnati, OH
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$74,530 Estimated

Ayoub Engineering, Inc.
Pawtucket, RI
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$67,000 Estimated

Lompoc, CA
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$99,730 Estimated

Huntington Beach, CA
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$104,730 Estimated

Indianapolis, IN
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$67,000 Estimated

Chicago, IL
Remote site engineer

$87,000 Estimated

Miami, FL
Remote site engineer

$67,000 Estimated

Washington, DC
Remote site engineer

$67,000 Estimated

Newark, NJ
Remote site engineer

$89,850 Estimated

Verizon Wireless
Helena, MT
Cell Site Engineer

$67,000 Estimated

Des Moines, IA
Remote site engineer

$67,000 Estimated

Worcester, MA
Remote site engineer

$84,030 Estimated

Grand Forks, ND
Remote site engineer

$67,000 Estimated

Minneapolis, MN
Remote site engineer

$67,000 Estimated

Milwaukee, WI
Remote site engineer

$67,000 Estimated

Detroit, MI
Remote site engineer

$72,350 Estimated

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Real Site Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Front-End Engineer, Site Stumbleupon, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 29, 2015 $138,000
On-Site Engineer Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Englewood, CO Dec 26, 2016 $131,950
Site Reliabilty Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 13, 2015 $131,269 -
Director, Many Site Engineering Acquia, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 09, 2016 $130,000 -
Mechanical Site Engineer AMEC E&C Services, Inc. Carlin, NV Nov 01, 2014 $119,600
Site CQE Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Boise, ID Aug 22, 2016 $89,250
Site Engineer AES Huntington Beach LLC Huntington Beach, CA Oct 01, 2014 $81,349 -
Site Engineer GE Oil & Gas, Inc. Schertz, TX Sep 28, 2015 $80,000
Site Engineer AES Huntington Beach LLC Huntington Beach, CA Sep 27, 2012 $78,700 -
Wind and Site Engineer Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation Chicago, IL Jan 02, 2013 $75,628
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Top Skills for A Site Engineer


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Top Site Engineer Skills

  1. Safety Matters
  2. Construction Site
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Train employees in safety matters, procedures and equipment operation.
  • General supervision and inspect the installation, modification and commissioning of mechanical systems at construction sites.
  • Utilized blueprints, manuals, and other specifications to facilitate proper installation procedures.
  • Prepared estimate and quantity takeoffs to ensure absence of gaps in scope of work.
  • Checked contractor steel shop drawings, and material submittals to verify compliance with design intent.

Top Site Engineer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Site Engineer

  1. JP Morgan Chase
  2. JPMC
  3. MKA/King Abdullah Financial District
  4. Aditya Birla Minacs
  5. Alstom Power
  6. Jpmorgan Chase
  7. Merbab for Industrial & Trading Project Company
  8. CRGT
  9. Hyundai
  10. Alinayah Electro-Mechanical Works LLC
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