- maths knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- persistence and determination
- knowledge of building and construction
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to use your initiative
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- researching materials, equipment, transport and labour costs
- collecting quotes from materials suppliers and sub-contractors
- helping plan job timescales
- assessing the levels of risk on a project
- analysing company data, exchange rates and prices
- preparing and submitting quotations and cost summaries for work
- helping with bids for new contracts and supporting buying activities
- monitoring the stages of a project to make sure costs are kept in line with forecasts
You could work in an office.
With experience, you could become a project team leader, quality assurance inspector or contracts manager.
You could also move into a related area, like quantity surveying, supply chain or general management.