What is a Site Engineer?
A Site Engineer is a specialist who performs a similar role to a construction manager on a project. Site engineers are responsible for security, health, safety, and the supervision of materials and people going on and off-site.
Site engineers are responsible for the day-to-day management of a range of engineering projects and are responsible for quality control. Site engineers must liaise correctly with various subcontractors and ensure that plans for site developments are accurate and feasible.
Responsibilities of a Site Engineer
Site engineers typically have the following responsibilities:
- Supervising the choice of plant and material for a project
- Resolving technical problems as they arise
- Conducting site surveys and cross-checking with drawings to ensure project feasibility
- Site leveling
- Ensuring that on-site health and safety standards are being met
- Taking leadership of the site management team
- Providing technical consulting on a range of issues.
Qualification & Skills of Site Engineer
Hiring firms usually require that Site Engineers complete a degree at the bachelor's level or higher in engineering with a focus on the IT and telecoms. Many employers will also accept those with qualifications in related subjects.
Organizations looking to take on freelance workers also typically want people to have between three and five years of experience working as Site Engineers. Site engineers need to have a variety of skills, including both people management and with testing software. Some employers require that you have experience with ISEB/ISTQB software testing.
There are many benefits to becoming a freelance Site Engineer. Perhaps the main advantage is that you can choose your own hours and who you work for.
Unlike a traditional job where you work for a single employer and sign a contract for how many hours per week, freelancers have complete control over their time. A freelancer can work for as many or as few hours as he or she likes.
What’s more, as a freelancer, your hourly rate is likely to be higher. Firms don’t have to pay expensive benefits or recruitment costs, and they often pass those savings onto you in the form of higher rates.
Finally, freelancers have total freedom over who they work for. As a freelance Site Engineer, you can build relationships with multiple organizations, diversifying your employment risk.
Site Engineer Salary
Site Engineers earn, on average, $73,402 per year. However, it is possible to make much more than this, with some senior roles paying more than $150,000 per year.
The Site Engineer market is perfectly set up for freelancers, with the average tenure for a Site Engineer job being less than a year. Freelancers can usually charge a higher hourly rate than their employed counterparts.
How Field Engineer Helps Both Businesses and Site Engineers
Field Engineer is a platform which connects employers and freelance Site Engineers. A freelance Site Engineer can hop on the platform, advertise their work availability, and instantly apply for jobs with employers.
Likewise, employers can get Site Engineers on-demand, as and when they need them: no need to pay expensive recruiters, and no need to take workers on full-time.