Planning Engineer

Usually situated within an engineering/maintenance team, develops activity plans for projects or operations and monitors plans on an on-going basis to ensure activity schedules/project plans are being adhered to.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Collects data necessary to compile long and short term activity plans
  • Produces plans using specialist planning software/systems
  • Identifies/highlights planning clashes or interfaces and works with the team to resolve issues
  • Ensures plans are updated/issued on a regular basis
  • Analyses and summarises activities and produces reports on progress
  • Attends planning, engineering and operations meetings
  • Reviews outstanding jobs/work scopes
  • Liaises with engineering/operations personnel to ensure availability of materials and vendors to meet plan dates
  • May be required to visit offshore occasionally to complete planning reviews
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

The Planning Engineer fulfils a critical role in the planning and execution of onshore and offshore work activities or projects and helps to ensure that construction and production schedules are met and that work activities are planned in a cost-effective and efficient way. Planning Engineers are found in a variety of organisations including the Operators who own or manage production installations, major Engineering Contractors and Engineering Consultancies. They may work as part of a dedicated production or maintenance support team, or as part of a specific project team. They may have the requirement to occasionally travel to production installations from time to time.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Managing people
  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Minimum HND or equivalent in suitable engineering discipline or relevant experience
  • Experience in a planning role, preferably within the oil and gas industry
  • Experienced in the operation of specialist industry planning software and systems
  • Good planning and organisational skills

Employers might also look for:

  • Strong IT skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)