Engineering consultants are responsible for project engineering advise and technological solutions. This can include team collaboration, project documentation preparation, project budget preparation, and project plan design. Engineers have extensive knowledge in all aspects of engineering, allowing them to analyze and give solutions for a wide range of projects and challenges that may occur. Although engineering consultants work mostly from their offices, they frequently visit project sites to conduct assessments and interact with project team members, owners/clients, agencies, and contractors.

The roles and responsibilities of an engineering consultant vary based on the organization they work for and their background, but they often include:

  • Project Management: Working with clients to assess their project needs and translate those into designs, equipment, or new systems. They begin with developing the initial concept and work through to completion, managing project timelines/teams, and overseeing all project development activities.
  • Technical Solutions: Assessing projects for technical issues and finding ways to resolve them without compromising the project safety, completion deadline, overall budget, or adversely affecting the involvement of other departments or companies.
  • Organizing Project Logistics: Managing and organizing logistics of projects, including bidding and construction management. Analyzing the processes in place and identifying areas that could be improved. Identifying issues and developing solutions to before they become critical.
  • Preparing Project Documentation: Creating documents and reports to detail assessments, concept planning.