Press J to jump to the feed. r/engineering is **NOT** for students to ask for guidance on selecting their major, or for homework / project help. If you're not happy somewhere, leave. Project managers need to be able to think outside the box to solve problems efficiently. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the civilengineering community. Burning bridges - My current company is extremely busy with quite a few projects on the go. Expect to oversee a team of design engineers consisting of yourself. Archived. Now i'm in consulting and I have high deductible health, less vacation, but guess what? I worked at a university for 3 years and the benefits were TIGHT. r/engineering is a forum for engineering professionals to share information, knowledge, experience related to the principles & practices of the numerous engineering disciplines. I'm not sure on how a recent graduate can perform the position of a project engineer/manager with little or zero years of experience on engineering design. Press J to jump to the feed. Then those scopes go to design engineers who do the detailed design. Just be professional and give the proper notice. Since my graduation (about 9 months ago), I have been employed at a large engineering firm in the water/wastewater department. Normally, an engineer must have years of experience as a design engineer before becoming or taking a position as a project engineer/manager. From my experience, projects are either managed by the architect, by the client, or internally. Project managers implement a project to achieve a business objective and are primarily concerned with the viability and success of a project from a business standpoint. The company manages building and infrastructure projects, and the project manager I would be working under is a structural engineer. Close. Recently, I have gotten used to the daily grind and I have made some great connections with co-workers. Will I be able to transition back to design if I want? I've never actually heard of a project management firm. Flexible office hours are a daily benefit over my last gig which was very rigid hours. But then there are also team managers as opposed to project managers who are chosen because of experience. Project Management vs. Design Engineering. Definitely varies from place to place. Hi everyone. It just is what it is. The systems engineer working on a project will plan, monitor, confront risk, and deliver the technical aspects of the project, while the project manager is concerned with the same kinds of activities for the overall project. Change in company size - Going from an office of 150+ to an office of 15-20 people. I am an Civil EIT in Canada with 1 year of undergraduate experience and 9 months of "real world" work experience. The Project engineer takes all the credit? Design engineer/calculations and hands on stuff seems more fun to me. Basically acting on the clients behalf. Bud, this early in your career, it just doesn't matter. Only person that matters is you. Looking like a job jumper - Is 9 months too soon to jump ship for something different? Simultaneously, a project engineer is concerned about the project from an engineering perspective. This is a hard one not to feel this way about, I know, I've been there. I'm not sure to which op is referring. I'm still doing my thing. If the people are cool enough, will not be an issue. Also maybe I've got my definitions mixed up but where I work we have engineers who do the high level stuff and engineers who do the detailed stuff and experience doesn't dictate which you do. This is your choice. 3. Again, not a big deal, you can jump back if you need. Posted by 4 years ago. But the days of working 40 years for a pension are gone. I'm a project Engineer for an OEM on any given day we are designing the equipment or interfacing with customers or doing FEA/hydraulics/vibration analyses. My responsibilities as an Assistant PM would include a lot of admin type stuff helping out the PM's, like preparing progress reports, tender documents, schedule updates and communicating with consultants and clients. At this early in your career, it's fine. And either role can be done by a grad, with supervision of course. Project Management vs. Design Engineering. I'm in the power industry. If you want to do X, well you'll find a way to do it. The position sounds really interesting, pays a bit more, and seems like a good place to work. Don't let anyone else, or yourself, tell you otherwise.

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