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The role of a Planning Engineer is to oversee the operation of projects alongside the project manager. This can be both in the office or on site, with the larger projects often carried out by oil companies, construction firms, governments or the rail network. As a Planning Engineer you are responsible for working out a sequence of activities that are required to complete any given project, using the all the resources to the best possible effect.
Once developed these activities are run by the project manager and engineering manager to make sure everything runs smoothly until the completion of the project. They should also anticipate different labour demands, different material/equipment needs and other technical elements. Changes midway through a project can cause resources to be stretched in other areas of a project.
The technical side is very important, they should be ensuring that a project is completed to the highest standard. They should calculate whether or not a client's deadline can be met, if not they should advise on more obtainable end date. Everyone on a project should be aware of how their activities can affect everyone else, this is to minimise the amount of delays. Projects will often incur penalties if projects don't meet the contracted deadlines.
As a general rule salaries are very competitive, planning engineers with 3 or more years of experience should expect a salary of over £40,000.
There is no recognised degree, but a Project Controls NVQ run by ACostE is becoming increasingly valued by employers.
-Understand the scope of a project.
-Construct a network of work appropriate for each project.
-Make sure each project finished on time and within budget.
-Present the correct schedule to everyone involved.
-Produce visual iads to help explain the schedule.
-Monitor the progress of a project through all stages of its development.
-Keep in contact with the project manager.
-Ensure all the separate elements of a project fit together and work towards a common aim.
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