All About Engineering Consultants

Learn More About Their Roles & Responsibilities

Construction projects are a team effort and require the collaboration and expertise of several key team members. A typical construction team consists of the client, architect, engineer, contractor, project manager, and specialist consultants. Each plays a distinct role in ensuring that the project is completed from start to finish. In this month’s blog, we’ll take a look at Engineering Consultants and the role they play in the planning, design and implementation of a construction project.

What is Engineering Consulting?

Engineering consultants provide their expertise for businesses to achieve the design and construction needs for a particular project. These consultants are typically hired as part of a larger consulting company after receiving an engineering degree and spending several years in the field.

The different areas that an engineering consultant may work include:

  • Civil engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Construction engineering

Because there are so many disciplines within such a broad field, engineering consultants have a deep understanding of their respective engineering niches. From understanding client goals to applying various engineering principles related to their expertise, the purpose of an engineering consultant is to ensure that a construction project is functional, safe, and durable.

When does an engineering consultant come into a project?

To ensure the future success of a construction project, an engineering consultant should be brought into the process from the very beginning. Knowing that unforeseen challenges are inevitable, it’s important to be proactive and plan.

With this in mind, all key players, especially engineering consultants, should be a part of every stage of the construction process.

Why do I need an engineering consultant?

Engineering is a broad field, and professional consultants are required to have a clear understanding of everything that a potential client may need. Successful construction calls for experts in their respective fields to provide insight, proficiency, and decision-making regarding all aspects of scientific and engineering matters. Engineering consultants implement design, advice, and technical solutions to meet the project needs and address the unforeseen issues that may arise throughout the process.

As a property owner or manager, you can be confident in knowing that your project is being handled by an engineering expert. You can also rest assured knowing that engineering consultants will also help manage client expectations and stick to timelines and budgets.

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Coordinate teams
  • Prepare project documentation
  • Design plans
  • Project management

Who is the right engineering consultant for me?

When assembling a “Dream Team” to bring your vision to life, hiring the best engineering consultant takes thoughtful consideration. Regardless of what your engineering needs may be, determine your goals and how this particular engineering expert can meet them.

Your engineering consultant will provide high-level expertise at every stage in the process; be sure to look at his/her experience and background. You’ll want to look in the details for success in team collaboration, communication and level of leadership as well as client satisfaction.

Like any project, you’ll be working closely with your team members. In an ideal world, the right engineering consultant would be someone you trust and enjoy working with.

Need a civil or structural engineering consultant?

Connolly Engineering, led by owner, Dan Connolly PE, is a leader in the Northeast for all civil and structural engineering consultant services. From small renovations to the construction of residential buildings, you can count on the expertise, experience, and innovation of Connolly Engineering to not just meet, but exceed your vision.

Connolly Engineering has provided clients in New York and the surrounding areas with the highest levels of service and engineering solutions for over two decades. Contact him today to discuss your goals and how his background and skills might be the right fit for your next construction project.