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Going into consultancy work

An engineering consultant can work in independent firms, internal consultancy departments, research departments and sometimes university and college departments.

What does a consultant do?

The role is wide and varied, and generally includes:

  • Liaising with clients to define project tasks and responsibilities.
  • Designing the product and organising any required construction.
  • Appointing and supervising contractors.
  • Communicating with the client and negotiating any necessary contract changes.
  • Making sure that work is completed to the required specification and quality on time, and within budget.

Do you have what it takes?

A good consultant has a well-rounded skillset because the job is about more than just technical ability. Dealing with varying groups of people day to day means that you must be highly organised and able to confidently make good judgement calls. You must be tactful and diplomatic, with an aptitude for negotiation and an eye for detail.

Working towards consultancy

Many engineering consultants get their start in design work or by undertaking routine technical tasks on a range of projects. At this point, they would begin working towards gaining Chartered status. If this is a route you might be interested in, we have lots of helpful information on gaining Chartered Engineer status.