May 17, 2020
Just received your degree or diploma and joined a construction project site? The training period of your first job is the high time for laying the foundation of your career well. Most of the fresher Site Engineers do not take this time much seriously and miss the most useful time. Not wise enough, though.
True, it’s tame-taking to adapt to a completely different atmosphere coming out of the shell of your college for the first time. It’s real world, full of professionals with cut-throat targets assigned on the team. At the same time the first real, big income in life is a pleasure not-felt-before. Parties happen often after spending the hectic site-days.
It’s cool otherwise, just don’t forget that your job deserves a part of your attention, too. Maybe not like the sleepless nights before your exams and gulping in class-notes or rummaging through assignments, just a little bit of attention which can make the difference. You need not be so indulged in your works day in and day out that the joy of living goes out of order. Only few smart actions at your end can do the best for your career while keeping the fun intact.
1 Think always in terms of the end-product.
Learn about the deliverables of your organization in terms of contract with the client. Know the items against which your company will get the money. Unless the requirement is clear enough to you, your efforts are just like a directionless ship. Go through contractual terms and your organization’s commitment.
2 Link your technical know-how with whatever you construct.
Remember what you have studied in college, and go through the technical in your off time. This will sharpen your knowledge and will enable you to convince clients with ease. Remember, clients depend and trust on technically sound Engineers. You don’t need to study all your books, just brush up relevant things.
3 Put effort for maintaining good quality.
Yes, even if nobody is looking at your work. Pour your knowledge, relevant standards, and technical specifications of the contract. Never wait for someone to tell you to do good quality work. This will increase your credibility and raise your self-standard for your life. A sure boost for your future.
4 Learn from others.
See what other experienced Engineers do at sites. Observe how they solve problems. Construction sites are not like a corporate job, instead they are full of problems and the types of issues faced by a Construction Engineer are generally endless. If you think you will learn to solve an issue only when that comes to you then your ca
reer will roam around the basics for long. There is no harm in asking, especially when you are a trainee. Don’t shy away. Take this as your chance to learn.
5 Nourish your inter-personnel relationships like a pro.
If you are already good at it, go with it. If you are kind of introvert type, practice it. Lot of free courses are available in YouTube and other relevant sites. Take help of those.
This is important as you may have to deal with workmen without any technical know-how to the senior officials of client or your own organization who are highly educated and technically sound. Your skill to mingle with them for the right amount will help you a lot to move forward.
Make sure to maintain contacts in future also, with quality-people you meet now. Widening your contact bank will be helpful for you when you take charge as a Manager and have the independent responsibility for projects. It helps for future employment too.
6 Be aware of the supply chain management.
Not just using the materials at project site, instead know the whole process how they are brought to you. Know about the price in your region, ordering process of your organization and sources. Get to know little about the tax procedures. You can make a good Manager out of yourself only if you are good at cost. Let things start right-away.
7 Make friends with equipment.
Know the capacity, productivity and fuel consumption. Conception about basics of equipment will make you confident about their planning and feasibility of their engagement.
8 Never delegate unless you know it all.
That’s it. Because if you are not well-versed with any activity don’t let others do it for you. This is particularly for the training period as you need to learn it well. Once you are thorough, learn to delegate to your subordinates. This way you will be able to find the lapses or mistakes in future very well.
Do you have any other skill in your mind which you feel also important? Do comment here.