The Resident Engineer—Staffing the Team

by W. Thomas Meredith, Parsons Brinckerhoff Construction, Services Inc, McLean, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of the Resident Engineer


One of the initial actions a Resident Engineer (RE) must grapple with each time he begins a new construction project is how to staff his construction team. The balancing of the type and number of personnel and the costs associated with them is a dilemma we have all faced at one time or another. Assuming the RE will be reporting to a client outside his own corporate structure, the requirements for developing a RE staff are fourfold: (1) consider the factors affecting the staffing; (2) provide the best personnel available; (3) develop the funding from the staff selected; and (4) systematically adjust the first three for the best staff at the best price. This paper discusses them briefly.

Subject Headings: Team building | Construction management | Personnel management | Project management | Benefit cost ratios | Client relationships | Financing | Pricing

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