Engineers are a crucial resource for any construction project, in terms of their abilities to design projects and then aid in their development through completion. Just about any type of construction project can benefit from the assistance of an engineer.
What kind of work can you expect of an engineer who does designs and consulting? Here’s an overview of what to expect, and how such consultation work with an engineer can help your project along and give you the best possible results.
What’s in the job?
Engineers who do design and consulting work will work on a project from the early planning phases all the way through the construction process. Their work may include infrastructural projects, retail developments, individual residential units or large-scale subdivisions or residential planned communities.
Consulting engineers can be hired for their expertise in a particular field, such as civil, electrical or mechanical engineering, or they might have a broad range of expertise that makes them highly versatile and able to contribute to projects of all types. They might be used for consulting on the project as a whole, or only for a specific part—whatever the manager of the construction project needs.
Finding and retaining a design and consulting engineer
As you go through the process of selecting an engineer to consult on your project, it is important to ensure you’ve found the right person for the job, meaning they have the proper set of skills and expertise for what you need. Here’s an overview of some of the most important characteristics to search for as you go through the hiring phase:
- Experience: Does the engineer have experience in the type of work you need them to handle? How many jobs has the engineer overseen or consulted on in the past? If possible, you should request a portfolio of past projects. Research some projects to see how they turned out and if there were any noteworthy engineering issues that came up.
- Reviews and testimonials: Any engineer you work with should have plenty of great feedback from actual clients who have worked with them. Collect reviews and testimonials from online review sites or directly from the clients themselves. Talking to those clients can provide you with some keen insight into what you can expect when working with the engineer.
- Quality assurance: What sorts of warranties or quality assurances does the engineer provide? Ask the firm about all policies they have regarding quality assurance and what the stipulations are for their warranties. It’s important to protect yourself as much as possible when bringing in such a professional for your construction job.
Want to learn more about everything that’s involved with an engineering consultation and the kind of work a design and consulting engineer will perform to help with your project? Contact our team at Bettersworth & Associates, Inc. with any questions you have and we will be happy to provide you with further information about the services we provide to our clients. We look forward to hearing from you soon.