Engineer for construction
The term ‘engineer’ is a very broad one, covering a wide range of disciplines who use the sciences and mathematics to develop solutions for technical applications. Typically on a construction project, a structural engineer and building services engineer will be part of the core consultant team.
To see some of the modules studied as part of an engineering degree course, see Construction engineering management course essentials.
Building services engineers plan, design, monitor and inspect systems to make buildings comfortable, functional, efficient and safe. Typically these systems will include heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), water and drainage, lighting, power, ICT, lifts and escalators, control systems and so on. Complex buildings such as airports, hospitals, factories and laboratories may require additional systems such as specialist gas distribution, humidity and bacteria control and so on.
Structural engineers design, assess and inspect structures to ensure that they are efficient and stable. Structural engineering was traditionally considered a sub-discipline of civil engineering, however as it has developed into an important and complex specialism it may now be considered an engineering discipline in its own right.
Structural engineers work on a very wide range of structures, including; buildings, bridges, oil rigs, ships and aircraft. It is both a technical and creative role that involves close collaboration with professionals from other disciplines.
For more information see Structural engineer.
'Civil engineer' is a wide term that encompasses a broad range of specialisms:
- Structural engineer.
- Transport engineer.
- Environmental engineer.
- Maritime engineer.
- Geotechnical engineer.
- Hydraulic engineer.
- Sanitary engineer.
- Water engineer.
For more information see Civil engineer.
Project engineering or construction engineering is the application of engineering, management, and business sciences to the processes of construction, through which designers' plans and specifications are converted into physical structures and facilities on site. See project engineer for more information.
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