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9 Skills For A Site Engineer Must Maintain

1. Good English Communication Skill.


Most of the skills this one is really, really important one. You have to focus on this.
A site engineer job is more on communication. As I mentioned in the article linked
above that 80 percent of the job of an engineer is communicating with other
people whether with a co-staff, site crews, consultant and might as well to the
employer. So you must acquire this skill, a good Englishcommunication skill.
If you have good English, because this is our international language wherever
you want to work, you can still relate with your co-workers and you can express
your point across to others.
Where you can get this skill? This might be your question.
You can find a technical school in your place and enroll with a Technical English
Course. You can even find a tutor, make a schedule of your tutorial time. You can
make it after work. If you just want to do it yourself, well! Thats fine, you can surf
in the internet and find articles about English grammar, vocabulary etc.
Ill tell you what I did. Once I found a word that I do not know, I immediately
opened my dictionary or when I am in front of my computer I just looked up my
installed dictionary. And this was I recently found, I installed offline dictionary to
my android mobile so that I can easily look-up any unfamiliar words that I might
find.
2. Management Skill.
This skill can be learned, can be taught. But when you have entered into
the construction world, you had to experience seeing your project
manager, construction manager and project engineer how they managed
the operation in construction? It means that you can learn this skill through
experience because along the way you can adopt it with your strategy.
But if you want to discover more, I suggest seeking a training school that teaches
management skill and youll quickly learn from it.
3. Good Writing Skill.

If you have good writing skill it can make you grow faster in your career, people
will like you if you are good in writing.
To be good in writing, you have to be good in English grammar. When you are
good in grammar, your writing will be easy to read and understand by your
readers.
What will you write? Good that you asked this.
You will write correspondence towards co-staff, project
engineer, construction manager, project manager and subcontractors as well.
4. Analytical Skill.
Analytical Skill! You might be asking what is analytical skill?
This is your ability to analyze problems occurred on your project. Your ability to
plan and to program the works, the ability to gather information and solving
problems. And based from that occurrences you could be able to make decisions.
Like for example, if an activity is delayed due to lack of resources. How do you
analyze that? How do you make plans and decisions to resolve it? What are the
necessary solutions to be applied in order to overcome the delays?
5. Numerical Skill.
This skill should be learned from school during your college days, and you should
remember the basic formulas for volumes, areas and height.
Like for example in my experience, we were going to cast concrete on the semi
sphere hollow dome on top of the entrance lounge of the building, then we should
know how to compute the volume of concrete required for that concrete element.
It is simply the formula for volume of sphere.
6. Problem-Solving Skill.
This is your ability to analyze problems and solve complex problems occurred in
your project. If you could solve problems on urgent basis that would probably give
a high impact on the progress of your project and then that will reflect with your
reputation.

How this would happen? Ill give you one example; the casting of footings, most
probably 50 footings and your concrete pump accidentally broke down, you have
no solution to operate back-in theconcrete pump. So what you will do is to use
your machinery like boom loader, ready made chutes(wooden or plain sheet) or if
you have lots of laborer they can use pail or bucket. This is what we call a
minute decision making.
7. Technical Skill.
Technical skill is the ability to plan your work, you should know how to plan your
activity and disseminate it to your site foreman. You should know how to read the
drawings. The ability to read drawing is the major skill of a site engineer, if you
have hardships on reading drawings, I suggest enrolling in a training school or
you might think of hiring a tutor.
But if you do not want to get any training, you will still learn along the way as you
progress, they said any skill can be learned. There are people who are fast
learner and there are people who are slow learner, but in any way you will still
learn it even how slow learner you are.
8. Presentation Skill.
This is the ability to present your knowledge about construction strategy,
planning, programming etc., as a site engineer you should be able to stand out
on the crowd, it can be during a meeting or site management visit or rather in
your site group presentations.
9. Knowledge with computer and programs.
Yes! This is so so important because computer and programs are a means of
communication. Whether it is writing, emailing, printing. Writing your
correspondences, you will write in a word format, so you will use Microsoft word.
If you are logging your schedules, programs etc. you may use Microsoft excel
and when it comes to presentations that sometimes you will present in front of
your superiors during your weekly meeting. How are you going to do the project
or a certain critical activity, so in this case you might as well use Microsoft power
point.

There are many more programs that you should know like, Microsoft outlook,
there you will send all your messages, in the design like Autocad, Primavera
(basic) etc.
These are the 9 skills that you should learn that could possibly speed up the
improvement of your career.
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