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Site Engineer / Senior Engineer


The Role

Reporting to the Contracts Manager/Project Manager (CM/PM) and Project Director (PD), the Site Engineer/Senior Engi will be involved in all aspects of the contract as part of the technical site team, with emphasis on control of the works and technical advice.

As Site Engineer / Senior Engineer, you will be required to have a strong commercial awareness, reporting any items of financial effect and opportunity to the quantity surveyor (QS) and carry out the work in accordance with company standard procedures and discharge duties as listed in the mac Safety Policy.

You, will at all times, protect and present the image of the Company and promote it to Clients, Consultants, Subcontractors and members of the public and will look for business opportunities for the Company.

Duties and Responsibilities

More specifically, the Engineer is responsible for the following:

Tender Stage
Give advice as required by the CM/PM and PD especially with regard to:

  1. Existing site surveys:
    • Check levels and building(s) fit on site.
  2. Interpretation of soil investigation:
    • What it means, i.e. Contamination, water table level, suitability for re-use of cut material, bearing strengths etc.
  3. Cut and fill:
    • Check volumes and sequence
    • Develop plan with CM/PM
  4. Drainage:
    • Check details of existing are correct
    • Review proposed New Scheme and advise CM/PM if it can be done better/more cost-effective solution
  5. Finish levels:
    • Check proposed build up below structure and external areas are correct.
  6. Structural considerations:
    • Will it work, is it the cheapest solution
  7. Temporary works:
    • Schedule requirements
    • Manage design
    • Review with Tender Team
    • Check price covers all elements

Pre-Construction Stage 

  1. Obtain survey drawings and check.
  2. Establish points on sit for grid and datum control and verify.
  3. Take level survey over site and agree with Architect.
  4. Check boundary survey/building fit/pint points etc., and confirm with Architect.
  5. Carry out surveys for existing drainage/services. Check if they are live, mark them on site and produce exiting services drawings.
  6.  Carry out schedule of current condition before works commence.
  7. Assist with managing installation of hoardings, accommodation etc.
  8. Set up drawing register and check drawings and specifications for adequacy and coordination.


Construction Stage

  1. Assist CM/PM to maintain and monitor safe working practices on site. This process includes reviewing sub-contractor’s health and safety plan, and writing method statements when required.
  2. Review Architectural, Structural, Services Engineer’s specifications, comment any misgivings through CM/PM to Architect, Structural or Services Engineers. Check drawings have been detailed in line with agreed specification and are coordinated.
  3. Advise sub-contractors/interpret drawings, liaise with Architect/Engineer/Design Manager to co-ordinate drawings and resolve problems.
  4. Record and maintain drawing register on contracts that do not have a “Design Co-ordinator/Document Controller”, or were instructed by CM/PM
  5. On traditional contracts, issue and keep record of CVI’s and RFI’s.
  6. Manage sections of the work/specific sub-contract packages as agreed with CM/PM.
  7. Take responsibility for checking and keeping records of delivered material e.g. concrete, concrete blocks, hollow rib decking, reinforcement etc., to ensure all materials used on site are in line with the specification. (To include adequate checks on s/c materials also).
  8. Act as temporary works coordinator, provided a temporary works co-ordinators course has been attended.
  9. Establish correct position of building and associated works and agree with professional team.
  10. Maintain permanent points for linear and datum control. Convey this information to the sub-contractor to enable them to accurately site out their works.
  11. Carry out checks to sub-contractor’s setting out.
  12. Subject to sub-contract terms and conditions, set out for sub-contractors work.
  13. Help the CM/PM to write the test and inspection plan.
  14. Carry out checks for quality in accordance with the inspection and test plan throughout the contract and duly record. Take responsibility for testing. Establish records i.e. calibration documents, and check registers for all instruments on site, including sub-contractors instruments.
  15. Keep accurate records for excavations, reduce dig, concrete pours, reinforcement etc., and convey to QS.
  16. Carry out surveys of the site/completed works as required, i.e. “as builts”.
  17. Carry out snagging and de-snagging during construction process and prior to presentation to the professional team for handover.


Specific Safety Responsibilities

  • Assist the Site Manager and CM/PM in preparation of method statements and organisation of work practices relevant to technical and engineering matters on site. Due consideration will be taken of safety procedures.
  • Ensure, through liaison with Site Manager and Contracts Managers/Project Managers that the duties of Temporary Works Co-ordinator as required by legislation, are undertaken by adequately qualified persons.
  • Ensure that work under their control is carried out safely and without risks to health.
  • Co-operate with other mac staff and subcontractors in health and safety matters.
  • Set a personal example including the wearing or use of protective clothing or equipment on site as appropriate.
  • Report all hazards and unsafe practices they observe to the Site Manager.

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