A project engineer combines customer service, budgeting, and project management with designing, developing, and engineering of various products.

Are you the type that can do it all? Can you manage a budget, work on a timeline, and design great products for customers? A project engineer is a job that requires great leadership skills, money management, customer service skills, and an engineering degree to top it all off. You’ll need lots of energy, patience, organization, and negotiation skills in order to complete each project. There is never a dull moment as a project engineers, and it’s a job that will work every part of your brain.

Project engineers take care of the big-picture aspects of any given project. They’re part of the process the entire way, from the first meeting with the customer to follow-up after the delivery has been completed. They’re in charge of making sure that the product and manufacturing process meets customer demands, sticks to the budget, and stays on track for time throughout the project duration. A project engineer is heavily involved in the design of the manufacturing system, which also includes the purchase of materials that will get the job done at the right price.

Your everyday tasks will include reviewing reports, leading meetings, working with other engineers and designers, conferring with the customer, using CAD software, and visiting the production floor.

Project engineers need at least a bachelor’s degree in order to become qualified. Some good areas to consider are electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial engineering. Most companies also prefer a certification along with additional experience in the field.

Also Known As:

Principal Engineer

Critical Skills


  • CAD or AutoCAD Software
  • Computers
  • Design Processes
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Mathematics
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety


  • Active Listening
  • Advanced Computer Skills
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Complex Problem Solving Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Leadership
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Operations Analysis
  • Project Management

Key Responsibilities

  • Create schedules and timelines for project completion
  • Manage project resources
  • Delegate tasks
  • Apply engineering knowledge to ensure efficiency and quality
  • Reference laws and company policies to ensure compliance
  • Oversee employees
  • Gather and analyze customer feedback


  • Budgets
  • Leadership
  • Process Improvement
  • Projects

How to get this job

Gaining experience in project work is a great way to advance to Project Engineer. Must have a proven record in project management.

Next Steps for this job

Get PMP Certification, LEAN/Six Sigma certification, skills in time management, and take on project work.

Specific job titles and duties vary by employer so check for details.