WHat is eng learn

Supporting on the job learning

Eng Learn was created to produce short, practical courses on construction management skills. The courses are based on the skills and knowledge needed to deliver real-world construction projects.

As a junior engineer starting off in the construction industry, you are thrown into the deep end. I remember my first project where I was trying to write scopes of work and procure sub-contractors. I had no idea what to put into a scope of works and no idea what delivering the works actually involved. From my experience talking to others, this is a common occurrence. As a junior engineer or construction management professional, you are thrown into the deep end.


The purpose of these courses is to help make this process easier.  To teach you the necessary skills and experiences to do your job.

Who are the courses for?

These courses are designed for junior engineers and construction management professionals either still at university, or early on in their careers. They are written from the perspective of a head contractor. Head contractors are larger tier 1 construction firms that deliver projects for large clients such as project developers or government authorities. Government authorities typically fully outsource the design and construction of these projects. 

They are designed to supplement on-the-job learning. Most of your learning will come from what you learn on the job. So actually writing a scope of works, preparing inspection and test plans, managing sub-contractors, and so on. These courses are designed to supplement this. To provide a little extra detail and fill in the blanks in your knowledge. They teach you the theory you'll be applying in your job.

What are the skills you’ll be learning?

The course is broken down into skills. These are the individual skills needed to complete your job. Every company or project will do things differently. However, if you understand the underlying construction management skills used, you'll be able to adapt and excel. Each module of the course focuses on a separate skill. These skills are:

  • Design Management

  • Procurement

  • Project Scheduling

  • Cost Planning

  • Quality Management

  • Risk Management

  • Contract Management

When are these skills applied?

These skills can each be applied across the full construction project life cycle. In general, a construction project has the following life cycle:

  • Work Winning - During this stage, the contractor competes with other contractors to secure work from the client

  • Pre-Construction - The contractor develops the project schedule and plans for how to deliver the project

  • Design - The development of the drawings and specifications that determines what needs to be built

  • Construction - The actual delivery of the project. This is where the project gets built.

  • Completions - The completion of the project and handover to the client

Each of these skills can be used across the project life cycle. Even, for example, design management, which you may intuitively thing is really only applicable during the design phase. In reality, design management skills are needed across the full project lifecycle. During construction, any design issues will need to be resolved and clarifications or queries may need to be asked to the design team. During completions, an as-built set of drawings showing what was actually constructed and any changes to the design will need to be captured.

Check out the below table showing how each of these skills is applied across the project life cycle:

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