What is a Cost Engineer?

A Cost Engineer contributes to the success of the construction project management process. Cost Engineer roles and responsibilities are to provide informed decisions about the budget and timeline of the projects as well as valuable insights that aid in the proper allocation of resources, identifying possible risks, and determining production costs.

The duties of a Cost Engineer are to be responsible for managing and providing guidelines on costs and resources for the whole construction operations process. Among their tasks are controlling the costs of supplies, assisting the project management team in making estimates, preparing revenue predictions, and calculating potential risks. Cost Engineers make sure projects are within budget and on schedule.

Cost Engineer Responsibilities

  • Conduct research to create forecasts about the cost of a project.
  • Create estimation reports for the project manager.
  • Collaborate with the project manager to make decisions about resource allocation.
  • Anticipate potential risks and develop preventative solutions.
  • Assist with feasibility studies and strategizing to increase margins of profit of a project.
  • Identify costs and overall budget, ensuring the project is on track.
  • Review and assess project timelines.

Cost Engineer Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Construction Management.
  • At least two years of work experience in the construction industry.
  • Astute in analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Structured organization skills, highly resourceful, and dependable.
  • Driven and motivated with strong attention to detail.

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