Project engineer

Project engineers plan and manage construction projects. They are part of teams that build rail track, bridges and tunnels, passenger stations, and more.

Is this role right for you?

Do you love finding out how something works? Or do you think you could design it better? Engineers use careful analysis and creative thinking to solve complex problems. They harness creativity to explore bold new solutions. Many engineers lead teams to design, build and maintain Australia’s railways. They’re excellent communicators because they need to explain their ideas and collaborate with other people on projects.

What are some example projects or experiences?

Project engineers determine which construction methods and materials are most suited for a rail project. They play a key role in supporting large-scale rail developments in our big cities, as well as small scale projects in remote areas. Their work requires them to develop specifications, plans, and drawings. They also develop project documentation, and will often conduct site surveys to confirm that a site is suitable for the proposed works. They may participate in project procurement alongside project delivery teams, including principle contractors and subcontractors. During a project, they will visit the site to make sure everything is coming together as planned. They may conduct an audit to ensure compliance, and will keep track of project costs and revenue.

What is the work environment like?

You’ll work in a team of engineers and skilled tradespeople. You might work in an office, planning the construction of a new passenger rail line. Or you could work on a construction site managing the day-to-day activities of an infrastructure upgrade project. You can find work as a project engineer all around Australia. Most jobs are in cities and towns. Some are in remote areas.

Eligibility & pathways

Project engineers typically complete a university degree. They may come from a variety of specialisations in engineering but usually have developed civil engineering knowledge. Project management credentials are also highly regarded. Our industry values diverse personal and work experience. Many employers can provide you with opportunities to gain additional qualifications and industry experience to help you succeed.

Current job vacancies

Project Engineer 

Downer EDI Limited
Brisbane
 

Senior Project Engineer 

Downer EDI Limited
Roma
 

Project Engineer - Rerailing 

Australian Rail Track Corporation
Mile End
 

(Senior) SAED Project Engineer 

Downer EDI Limited
Sydney
 

Senior Project Engineer- Structural 

Arcadis Global
Southport
 

Project Engineer 

Arcadis Global
Southport
 

Project Engineer 

Liberty Onesteel Corporate Services Pty Ltd
Australia
 

Senior Project Engineer 

Downer EDI Limited
Brisbane
 

Project Engineer - Rail 

CPB Contractors
Brisbane
 

Project Engineer - Track 

Arc Infrastructure
Perth Airport
 

Project Engineer 

Wabtec Corporation
Beresfield
 

Solar Project Engineer 

Downer EDI Limited
North Ryde
 

Senior Project Engineer - Rail 

Infrastructure People
Perth
 

Project Engineer - Rail 

CIMIC Group Limited
Brisbane CBD
 

Project Engineer - Broken Hill 

Transport for NSW
Broken Hill Area
 

Project Engineer 

Wabtec Corporation
Tarro
 

Senior Portfolio Planner 

Rio Tinto
Port Hedland
 

Requirements Manager 

Alstom
Perth CBD
 

Rail Systems Specialist 

UGL
Brisbane CBD
 

Area Engineer - Surface Stations 

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority
Merrimac
 

Project/Contract Manager 

Transport for NSW
Wagga Wagga
 

Control Systems Engineer 

Liberty Onesteel Corporate Services Pty Ltd
Rooty Hill
 

Site Engineer 

Downer EDI Limited
Arndell Park
 
Avenues of Entry
Graduate
Qualified
Management
Pay Range
$82K
$245K
Mid-level
$82,500 - $128,000
Senior level
$145,000 - $196,500
Manager level
$214,500 - $245,000

Salaries may vary outside of these ranges, based on company size and location, level of experience, competence and time in role.