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The role of site engineers and what they do can vary enormously between different construction projects; for example a housing development will have very different needs to a shopping centre. However, most site engineer jobs will include technical, supervisory and organisational elements.

Applying designs and plans to mark out the site, they can be involved in projects ranging from small scale to multi-million pound affairs. This may include civil, road, rail and other infrastructure projects, based anywhere in the UK. A site engineer works as part of the site management team, liaising with and working alongside architects, engineers, construction managers, supervisors, planners, surveyors and subcontractors. They will act as the main technical adviser on site, setting out, levelling and surveying the site, checking plans and drawings, ensuring all materials used and work performed are as per specifications, making cost-effective solutions and proposals, liaising with relevant people, and resolving technical difficulties and problems. For many site engineers, the most satisfying aspect is seeing a project successfully reach completion.

Good site engineers possess a mixture of interpersonal, technical and physical abilities, as well as a decent level of fitness, since site visits can be physically demanding. Along with strong team-playing, numerical and analytic skills, they also need good writing skills and the ability to produce excellent reports.

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