Traineeship Cost Engineering


What to expect

During a traineeship of 3 years, you will be trained to become a full-grown Cost Engineer, a specialist in the development of cost estimate and project management.

  • From the start, you will be involved in challenging projects, allowing you to quickly see the effects of your input in the client's end result. You will work for large international clients and take responsibility for projects with multi-million budgets in various industries, such as the oil and gas, chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and offshore.
  • Working for international clients also means that some projects could take place in other parts of the world. For instance, you could be sent to South Africa to prepare a major project for a local client. You could also work on the projects in Canada, Australia, North and South America and of course in Europe. The duration of a project can vary between a few weeks to a couple of months.
  • You will gain expertise in the complex variables that determine the cost calculation of a project, such as material prices, labour cost, productivity, (profit) margins, time schedules. You will combine this knowledge with a strong project management approach, to provide clear and straightforward advice to the clients. 
  • You will have much freedom in an inspiring and informal environment, while the assistance will always be available when needed. Senior cost engineers will guide you through the process of becoming one of the best in the business.
  • Furthermore, during this period, you will constantly develop your knowledge and skills in cost engineering by participating in certification programs and training courses, such as:
    • DACE certification: duration two years
    • AACE certification: duration six months
    • Internal courses provided by Cost Engineering Consultancy

Who you are

So, who are we looking for?

  • You should be able to work accurately while connecting engineering and economics.
  • You are able to communicate with colleagues from different countries and different cultures.
  • You are a master student who completed your study or will be completing it by the end of September in mechanical, aerospace, process engineering, offshore & dredging, civil engineering, physics engineering, chemical or structural engineering.
  • You speak Dutch and English fluently as you will be following courses in both languages as part of your career development.
  • Besides your technical background, you have an affinity with mathematics, statistics and engineering software. You will need this while working with our in-house developed software Cleopatra Enterprise.
  • You can start the traineeship in October.

What we offer

  • Market rate salary
  • Training courses and certification programs
  • 29,5 holidays (based upon a 40hrs work week)
  • Laptop
  • A global and diversified work experience
  • Travel expenses and contributory pension scheme
  • A challenging job where you can develop yourself to become one of the best in the business
  • The coolest, recently renovated office in Zwijndrecht
  • An international environment with colleagues from multiple nationalities
  • Fun gatherings: company getaways, Friday drinks, celebrations, team game nights

Who we are

At Cost Engineering, our purpose is to empower organizations to improve their project performance. Today’s complex projects require an integrated approach, and the total cost management approach we are applying across our software and solutions help people and organizations complete their projects on time and within budget, maximize capital investments and stay ahead of the competition.

Over 20 years, our dedicated and certified cost engineers have enabled more than 500 companies in 75 countries to improve their project performance. Our ambition is to help even more companies over the coming years.

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