Preconstruction Engineer

The Preconstruction Engineer (PCE) works under the supervision of the Preconstruction Manager (PCM) to develop the programming, budgeting, design, and engineering for key client projects from initial project conception through completion of Issue for Construction documents.

Initial assignments may include shorter duration, well-defined tasks with oversight from the PCM. Career growth can include working on more complex assignments that require excellent technical, leadership, and management skills with advancement to a Preconstruction Manager position. Preconstruction engineers may also choose to achieve growth through the development of specialized technical skills in lieu of a project management path.

The PCE will play a key role in the following areas of preconstruction project development.

  1. Programming

    1. Understand and document client requirements

    2. Define high-level project scope of work

    3. Determine equipment, site, and building layout constraints

    4. Investigate state and local code and permit requirements

    5. Create a conceptual site, plan, and key section drawings to convey the scope to the client

    6. Develop rough order of magnitude budgets

    7. Identify overall timelines and constraints in the form of a level 1 schedule

  2. Schematic Design

    1. Refine scope of work with input from the client, sub-consultants, vendors, subcontractors, and Summit team members

    2. Procure and manage the services of sub-consultants and/or internal design resources

    3. Collect and review preliminary information from equipment suppliers, subcontractors, and/or vendors

    4. Work with the design team to develop preliminary project documents including site plans, floor plans, sections, elevations, single line electrical, and coordination drawings

    5. Determine project budget for internal and/or client review and approval

    6. Verify compliance with client requirements, state and local codes, and regulations

    7. Review schematic documents with key Summit operations team members and incorporate comments as appropriate

    8. Develop and manage detailed design schedule and work with operations lead to refining overall project schedule

    9. With support from Summit leadership, secure client approval, and release for next phase

  3. Detailed Development

    1. Complete draft contract documents including the scope of work (with assumptions, clarifications, exclusions, and allowances), schedule of values, and milestone schedule.

    2. Develop Issue for Bid project documents and lead internal team members, subcontractors, and vendor partners in the development of a complete project cost

    3. Verify compliance and completeness of submittal information from equipment suppliers, subcontractors, and/or vendors

    4. Ensure timely completion of Issue for Construction drawings and specifications

    5. Produce required permitting documents and assist the owner in securing permits

  4. All projects are different. Responsibilities vary with the type and complexity of the project.

  5. The PCE may stay involved in the project to address RFIs or design-related issues. Involvement will diminish over time as the project progresses.

The responsibilities of the Preconstruction Engineer will be based on experience and ability. This position will require a high degree of technical capability, an understanding of project cost and estimating, as well as the ability to coordinate and communicate with multiple internal and external team members.

The candidate will be expected to work independently and exercise good judgment to communicate potential problems, obstacles, and the need for support as necessary to maintain the project schedule and budget. This position reports directly to the Preconstruction Manager.


  • Attend client meetings to understand and document project objectives and requirements for each project

  • Coordinate with internal resources, sub-consultants, and third parties/vendors throughout the execution of the project design

  • Participate in the development of budgets and estimated costs as needed throughout the design process

  • Establish and maintain relationships with the client, consultants, vendors, and internal stakeholders

  • Report and escalate problems that cannot be resolved in a timely manner to the Supervisor

  • Attend conferences and training as required to gain proficiency

  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • A desire to work hard, learn new skills, and contribute as an essential team member

  • Ability to read and understand construction drawings and specifications

  • Ability to translate drawings and specifications to a mental image

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and AutoCAD

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering, construction management, an agricultural field of study, or equivalent work experience

Work Environment:

  • This position may be remote or office-based in Remington, Indiana.

  • Travel to client sites or an office location will be required as needed to support the business. Typical travel averages 2-3 nights per month but can vary with the season, client, and type of project.

  • Walking uneven terrain, climbing stairs, and ladders, attic, or restricted space access may be required at the client site.

To Apply for This Position:

Send your cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources Department
Summit Engineering & Construction
Attn: Doug Brunton
3823 W 1800 S
Remington, IN 47977

Or email your cover letter and resume to:

All submissions will be kept confidential.