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Engineers vs. technologists

Added: Tuesday, October 30th 2018 at 6:48am by Shashiteja
Related Tags: freelance, jobs, engineering

While the role of an engineer is clear, that is usually not the case with the role of a technologist. To an extent, that is understandable, as the distinction may appear slight in some cases, as both professions encompass similar sets of skills.

Technologists are responsible for the implementation of the engineering-related technologies. Technologists work closely with engineers to that end, and are usually under their direction.

Typical roles of an engineering consultant

Engineering consultants start the day meeting with the project manager. A review of the previous progress comes first; then it is on to defining the concept of the next project phase. Once agreed, the concept is then presented (in person, by email, or otherwise) to the design team. After that, the client is to be informed about the progress.

From there, it is all about calculating and sketching. CAD operators’ assistance may be needed, as these people are responsible for incorporating the concept into the drawings. During this phase, a loose timeline is also being defined.

Later on, it is a visit to the construction site. The engineering consultant meets with the construction inspector. Together they define if there are any potential issues. If there are, the engineering consultant then heads to the contractor to discuss a change to the design. Additional costs need to be taken into account here, as well as the viability of the proposal. The engineering consultant then contacts the project manager with recommendations and proceeds to issuing a change order to the contractor.

After all that has been done, it’s back to the office, where the engineering consultant checks the email and meets the CAD operators for an update on the drawing.

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