Do I meet the minimum qualifications for Construction Engineers?

To be considered as a candidate for the Construction Engineer position, you must meet the minimum education and experience qualification requirements listed below.

Education Specialized Experience Check Your Level
BA/BS degree in related field 5 years
—– OR —–
MA degree in related field 4 years
—– OR —–
None of the above


  1. In addition to education and experience requirements, candidates must be able to pass a computer-based skills test.
  2. Education: Degree must be from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) within a college or university in one or more of the following disciplines: Civil/Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Architecture.
  3. Specialized Experience: Obtained on major vertical construction projects requiring you to coordinate architectural/engineering details, shop drawings, cost control, and schedules at construction field sites. Examples of specialized work experience include:
    1. Managing and supervising vertical construction projects.
    2. Reviewing and checking construction drawings and specifications.
    3. Inspection of construction work.
    4. Responsibility for managing financial elements of a construction project, such as a budget and payments.
    5. Application of test procedures and equipment used on construction projects.
    6. Application of safety practices and procedures to construction projects.
    7. Application of quality control and quality assurance practices and procedures to construction projects.
    8. Development and application of construction scheduling techniques.
    9. Administration of construction contracts.
    10. Application of computer software to the management of construction projects.
    11. Effective oral and written communications skills with technical and non-technical personnel.
    12. Leadership and the ability to get the cooperation and confidence of co-workers, supervisors, and subordinates.

Further, to be considered for the Contruction Engineer position, you must be willing to move around the world.

Question Verification
Are you willing to be mobile and available anywhere around the world, including moving one’s home base, uprooting children from school, etc., every 2-3 years, and having to re-establish friendships or professional contacts at new locations?
Furthermore, are you willing to spend time, often brief (e.g., few days) but occasionally prolonged (e.g., month or more) away from your family because of job responsibilities?

Factors Influencing Your Competitiveness

There are a wide variety of factors influencing who is offered a position as a Construction Engineer. These include how well a candidate performs on the oral assessment, the number of vacancies, the number of eligible hires already in line, and the number of people who accept job offers. Even though there are no guarantees that anyone will be offered a position, there are certain evaluation factors used to distinguish between candidates.

Below is a list of some of the factors used to evaluate candidates. By rating yourself honestly, you can get an idea of how competitive you might be. When you are finished, click the “Submit” button to view an analysis of your competitiveness. The self-evaluation is a guide for your use only. The U.S. Department of State does not use, pass on, or even record and retain the information contained in this questionnaire.


Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the experience. Use the following scale:

Score Experience Description Typical Years of Experience
5 I am considered an expert in performing this task. Because of my expertise, I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them in doing this task. 3 years of direct experience
4 I have routinely performed this task independently with little or no supervision. 2 years of direct experience
3 I have performed this task on the job with occasional assistance. 1 year or less of direct experience
2 I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job. No experience
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task. No experience


Experience 1 2 3 4 5
Experience with reviewing and approving contractor proposed quality control programs, and correcting programs as necessary.
Experience with monitoring contractor quality control inspection and commissioning programs.
Experience with recruiting and hiring quality assurance staff.
Experience with inspecting contractor work on site for compliance with the contract documents.
Experience with ensuring that all materials purchased by contractor are in accordance with contract documents by reviewing reports and testing.
Experience with accepting and rejecting contractor submittals.
Experience with monitoring contractor schedules to assure project is on time including sequencing methods to evaluate progress.
Experience with reviewing contractor security programs for compliance with contract requirements.
Experience with coordinating final inspections with accreditation teams.
Experience with providing close supervision and coordination between the contractors and other personnel.


Please continue by rating your knowledge and skills.
Knowledge and Skills

Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the following knowledge and skills. Use the following scale:

Score Knowledge and Skills
5 I am considered an expert in this knowledge or skill. Because of my expertise I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them.
4 I have knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with little or no supervision.
3 I have some knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with occasional assistance.
2 I have had education or training in knowledge or skill, but have not performed it on the job.
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in this knowledge or skill.


Knowledge/Skill 1 2 3 4 5
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures.
Specialized knowledge of vertical construction (buildings, as opposed to road and bridge construction, for example).
Basic knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Basic knowledge of budgeting and monitoring construction costs including overhead, VAT (Value Added Tax), and other factors (e.g., cost of capital).
Knowledge of construction drawings and specifications.
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology including applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the production of various goods and services.
Basic computer knowledge necessary to produce professional grade documents using spreadsheets and word processing programs, and basic understanding of Building Information Modeling software.
Knowledge of scheduling, to include the critical path method.
Skill in advanced mathematics and their applications to perform engineering tasks.
Skill in using practical construction means, methods, and inspection techniques.
Skill in administering construction contracts to professionally perform contract administration, review material submittals and shop drawings, and ensure contracted time, cost, and quality goals are met.


Amount of Self-Assessed Fit for Construction Engineer

The table below indicates how well your self-indicated knowledge, skills and abilities, and experience fits with the requirements of the job and many of the factors with which candidates are evaluated.

Self-Evaluation of Competitiveness for Construction Engineer

Score Key

Score (%) Amount of Fit
74-100 High
47-73 Medium
20-46 Low

For salary, detailed job description and information on how to apply for this position, please review the vacancy announcement.