As part of an Alpha Maintenance or customer project team, the mission of the Planning Engineer / Planner is to plan the different phases of a project and to monitor its progress. He/she is also often in charge of accompanying the deployment of Alpha Maintenance digital tools on our clients' projects.
Very good analytical and communication skills, rigour, sensitivity to new technologies and innovation.
I arrived on the job market and more particularly in the industrial sector via consulting in 2012. In 2017 I joined Alpha Maintenance to continue to develop and grow professionally.
I currently hold the position of Project Management Engineer / Planner. At first glance, it sounds very vague, but you have to see it as an opportunity to put in what you want, or what you want to do. We are often at the customer's site for a very specific assignment, which also leaves us a little bit of freedom. This freedom can allow us to "recuperate" subjects (or workload, let's say.) on which we want to improve/develop.
A typical year, on the projects we carry out, necessarily goes through a long period of preparation, then comes the implementation phase.
In the preparation phase, there is no typical day, whereas in the realisation phase, there is a daily routine, especially concerning the reporting part, be it on the budget or planning level. There will be a daily information gathering, concatenation & analysis part, and finally the synthesis & formatting of the reporting.
Planning a project, consists of putting down on paper or rather in the software, the scenario or the story of the project.
At each level of detail (from the master planning to the detailed planning), all the entities present on the project will enrich the planning with their activities & constraints. This will allow to discover a maximum of interfaces between the stakeholders, and to optimise the sequencing of the activities.
To do this, there will be regular meetings/interviews/interviews (almost daily.) with the project stakeholders in order to get the information as quickly as possible while taking into account their stakes. As a general rule, the information I deal with is communicated to me in the form of work packages. Following this information gathering, we will integrate the recovered scenarios into the schedule, while trying to highlight, for example, the co-activities, when site coordination will be essential for the smooth running of operations.
During the realisation phase, the progress of the planning tasks will be monitored at regular intervals, which will be analysed and summarised in a report. The planner will be responsible for alerting the contractor to any deviations and delays. As you will have understood, this is a strategic position in a project!
I don't particularly have a moment that comes to mind. If I had to guess, I would say that each time, the last mission is the most successful, because it is the one where I brought the most experience. And as a result, the next one should be even more successful!