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Engineering consultancy work

Information on working as an engineering consultant.

A man sitting at a desk working on a PC Engineering consultants work for independent firms, internal consultancy departments, research departments and sometimes university and college departments.

Engineering consultants:

  • Liaise with clients to define the tasks to be performed;
  • design the product and construction required;
  • appoint and supervise contractors;
  • maintain communication with the client and negotiate changes in the contract as necessary;
  • ensure that work is completed to the specification and quality required on time and within budget.

Some of the key skills for engineering consultants include:

  • Excellent technical skills;
  • the ability to distinguish between strategically important and the trivial;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • tact and diplomacy;
  • negotiation skills;
  • good attention to detail;
  • organisation skills;
  • the ability to get on with people at all levels.

Many engineering consultants start out in design work or undertaking routine technical tasks on a range of projects and then progress to Chartered Engineer status.

Chartered Engineers

Chartered Engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new and existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change. They might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts and pioneer new engineering services and management methods.

Chartered Engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial leadership and possess effective interpersonal skills.

The assessment for Chartered Engineer status is based on competence which is gained through a combination of underpinning knowledge and understanding and professional experience. The Engineering Council UK has outlined the competence requirements for Chartered Engineers in their UK-SPEC document.

Find out more about gaining Chartered Engineer status.