We have learnt about project management tools during our
engineering education. Civil engineering students have
studied it to a greater depth as the majority of jobs in
this sector are performed as a one off projects. Projects
costing crores of rupees are bound by schedules contractually.
Delays are costly and most of the times are irreplaceable
by any penalty mentioned in the agreements. Meticulous
planning & execution is the essence of a good project
manager. Almost every engineering company has projects
department to take care of up-gradation of existing production
system or expansion of facility. Most of the time capital
equipment purchase, installation and coordination with
the supplying company form the major area of function for
Post economic liberalization era India became a hot spot to make it a production
base for foreign companies worldwide. At the same time Indian companies also
started scouting for newer avenues and multiple facilities to cater to the rising
demand for their products. This required employees with special skills who could
plan, schedule d& execute projects at the optimum minimum cost and last but
not the least who could find solutions to the problems almost instantly. The
engineers with good dicision making skills and awareness of latest technologies
were found to be an asset. Special companies were formed to cater this segment
of business in industrial sector. Organizations in the business of developing
and selling new technologies extended a helping hand to buyers of their products
on turnkey basis. Cash rich business conglomerates started to invest in different
sectors which they found lucrative enough, this way increasing demand for specialist
Job Profile of Project Engineer :-
1) Project feasibility study: - Project engineer
has to be conversant with latest development in the field of technology and
science. Once his organization shows interest in any new
project, then he has to furnish
the required details at the earliest. He must have knowledge of the resources
from where he could gain a sincere perspective of the project. Feasibility
study would entail the cost - benefit analysis which then
consequently help managements
to take make-or-buy decision.
2) Project planning and scheduling: - Once the
project is approved the planning stage commences, project engineer has to
take into consideration existing resource like men, machine
and materials and then
prepare a realistic estimate of additional resource required. Projects are
generally divided into phases and planning is done to
fulfill the requirements of phases.
Also a bird's eye view approach is desired to initiate actions for time consuming
and independent activities for subsequent phases. The meticulous planning
unfolds the details regarding who has to do what and when?
Project planning and scheduling
requires excellent knowledge of technologies and options available. The potential
and strength of individuals involved in is tested by forecasting the problems
and taking decisions to resolve them. Project engineer has to work out 2
to 3 plans in case the initial plan is stuckup.
Execution: - Execution is the most crucial phase for
any project engineer. Coordinating with multiple departments,
government agencies, suppliers & supervising the
progress of project need excellent multitasking abilities and lot of patience.
Execution phase do not make provision for relaxation as so much is put on the
stake and the little delay can throw entire schedule out of gear. Project engineers
have to be alert and on their tows all the time while speeding up the work. They
also have to give due consideration towards safety of the workmen involved in.
However in spite of such trials and tribulations every completed activity add
up to the confidence of all the technicians and support staff working on the
project to make it a grand success.
This field is better suited to those engineers who seek variation in their
job environment, who like to work with different people and last but not
love to take challenges head on and come across them as winners.
:- MBA with specialization in Material Management or Operations Management.
There are short courses available on Project Management at premier management
Use of project management software's is becoming a common practice and one
can learn the nuances of the same on the job or by enrolling for a private
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