Trying to get a large project done that needs to have a lot of engineering work done on it can be really difficult. Trying to keep all those moving parts moving and not jamming up is going to need some help, coordination, and supervision. That's where a project manager comes into play. So, what does a project manager do?
Every project has numerous schedules that need to be maintained so that all the deadlines can be met. Since those schedules and deadlines may depend on schedules and deadlines from other departments, if one department gets off schedule, then it can throw off all the other departments working on the project and can back the whole project up. If the people working on the project have a completion bonus or penalty, then they are going to want to make sure that everything is on track, timewise.
Every project is going to have to have a budget. That operating budget can include how much each department is going to get for any particular part of the project, as well as what each part of the project should cost. The budget will also include things like overtime for the people on the project. Since the project in question might be a project that was bid on, there might be a very tight budget that needs to get stuck to. If the project goes over that budget, it may start to lose money for the company, which is contrary to the purpose. Having someone who is keeping up with the overall budget and who can keep an eye on all the budgets involved will make it much less likely for the budget to go over.
Keeps Track of Project Costs
Handling the cost of the project is going to be slightly different from maintaining the budget. Tracking the project costs will mean that the project manager is going to watch to see how much the supplies are costing, see if the prices are commensurate to what they should be, and check if there are better suppliers with a better price or if it is possible to negotiate with the current suppliers to get a better price.
Any kind of large project with a number of departments and moving parts is going to need to have someone who can handle the project and who can make sure that it stays on track until it's finished.
To learn more, contact a project management company.