Construction project management and people skills : a primer for entry-level engineers

by Ross. Allen

Institution: Central Queensland University
Year: 0
Keywords: Project management.; Engineers.
Record ID: 1034242
Full text PDF: http://hdl.cqu.edu.au/10018/922446


This report is for engineering graduates wishing to pursue a career in project management and in particular construction management. The basic aims of the report are to determine: 'What is an entry level engineer?' 'What are the roles of an entry level engineer?' and 'How can entry-level engineers best fulfill these roles?' From a literary review it is evident that communication, leadership and interpersonal skills are critical skills that require careful development in entry-level engineers. The focus of this report is to present entry-level engineers with advice on how to develop these skills and communicate effectively with both superiors and subordinates. A survey targeting practicing construction managers will provide the basis for this advice. The survey will be in the form of written questionnaires that will be available on the web. There will be two questionnaires: One quantitative (numerical, multiple choice or yeslno answers) and relatively quick and easy to complete. One qualitative, requiring more thought and hence time from the interviewee. The questionnaires will be analyzed and the results reported in a form suitable for dissemination to entry-level engineers. The advice presented will be for entry-level engineers in particular, however communication, interpersonal skills and leadership are core skills for all engineers and therefore the findings may have a wider audience.