Contributing Writer – Aiswarya Ganesh
Name – Jacob C Charly
Profession – Project Manager in Civil Engineering Department
Age – 30
Gender – Male
City – Trivandrum, Kerala
Industry – Civil Engineering
- Effective Civil engineering requires project completion within a fixed timeline and budget.
- One is required to keep oneself updated with the current technology and trends in construction.
- There is lot of scope in this field, as this field is vast with several areas within civil engineering.
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born at Changanasherry, Kottayam on 5 February 1988. I was in changanasheery till 1990 and then I moved to the capital city, Trivandrum. I did my primary schooling in St. Thomas Central School and the rest at St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School. After completing school, I took B. Tech in civil engineering at Marian engineering college.
What is your family background?
I’m basically a Christian Roman Catholic. My father’s name is Charly Jacob. He is retired business professional. My mother works in the admin department. I have a younger brother who is currently a final year student at CMS College, Kottayam.
Who all had the most influence on you and how?
In my college time, it would be definitely Narayanan sir. He was such an inspiration and he would never give up on any students. He was always active and at times he used to throw me out of the class for irritating him. But he really made me take right decisions in life and I’m honored that I’m his student. The other people include Reshmi, who was like a sister to me and professor Sasidharen sir.
Please give us a summary of your career, chronologically, including organization names and your role/Designation.
After I completed my college, my first project was reconstruction of Thampanoor bus stand by Harrison construction limited. I worked there for almost two years and after that Kerala transport development finance cooperation (KTDFC), which Kerala government undertaking. I was assistant manager in that project. Then I worked as deputy manager for five and half years in Hilton garden, a five-star hotel. Hilton garden was completed on December 2013.
Vivanta by Taj at Kovalam is one of the other projects that I have worked on. We worked on the first phase expansion of the hotel. We introduced exclusive boutique facilities around 4000sq. ft. I worked under civil interiors, kitchen design and kitchen equipment.
My key project was Novotel five-star hotel and it was officially launched on April 6th, 2018.
Which institutes are best for the education/training of this profession?
There are several good engineering colleges, but not everyone can join the best college. So, wherever you study, you should build your character and exploit knowledge to the fullest.
I’m proud to study at Marian engineering college, because professors were very supportive and taught well. My institute also used to admit poor children, without fees.
But, placement opportunities were less compared to other colleges.
What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?
My cost was 15,000 per semester, as I got selected through merit. But, cost has gone up since then.
As per my information, the current cost structure, including boarding and lodging should be around 7 lakhs.
What are the typical entry level jobs in this profession?
First you should work in field. You can learn a lot from field works. You should know the basic quantity in mix, material calculations, piling, quantity survey and field level survey. You should be thorough in this field by 3 to 4 years.
Then you can become consulting officer and you can go into main construction, designing etc.
What is the range of remuneration one can expect in your line of career and industry?
|Years of Experience||Remuneration|
|Starting out||8,500-10,000 per month|
|5 years of experience||Around 35,000 per month|
|10 years of experience||Around 85,000 per month|
|15 years of experience||1.5 lakhs per month|
|20 or more years of experience||2.5-3 lakhs per month|
Describe your work? What do you typically do on a normal working day?
On a normal working day, I have lots of work like consultant management, project execution management, design management, budget management etc. All around I have to work 8 to 9 hours per day for 6 days in a week.
What are some of the positive, which would encourage someone to consider this career or job?
The best part of civil engineering is that it is such a vast field, that one can explore various areas and find the best fit. This is unlike in other professions, where you don’t have so vast and varied choices.
Fields range from civil work, interior designs, Fozart design, high pressure damping designs, architecture, hospitality etc.
This field is rapidly growing as construction is always needed. If you have a good blend of project management and creativity, then you can earn more.
This is a team effort and I like to play in the team.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this field of career?
The biggest challenge is handling the labour. They come from different parts of the country are largely categorized under plumbers, Masons, electricians, carpenter, interior designers etc. So, we should learn to cope up with them.
Then you should be smart enough to tackle the problems and learn new technologies. For example, you have to build something, but your design is expensive, or space is not enough. So, you have to apply your brains and explore further to solve the problem and deliver within budget and time.
Other problems I face are the kinds of people I deal every day. I have to interact with around 750 contractors in a big project like constructing a 5-star hotel. Each of contractor behave differently and it gets very frustrating to deal with all of them. But, I have to get the work done, so I have learnt to manage it now.
What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding premium in your job profile?
Fozart system design, which includes structural glazing designs, interior designs, execution method, concrete, design practices, software like 3dx max, Imax etc and cost control methodology.
What kind of person will be happy in your career?
Obviously, those who love construction and project management would be a happy person. But, if you can’t handle or don’t like interacting with labour, then you should avoid this field.
One who prefers office job, may not really be happy and successful in this field.
Give another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned? Would you pursue another profession or a passion perhaps?
Never, I love the profession I’m doing, and I won’t even think of changing it.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to you?
Learn well and you should have a nice aggregate, so that you will get more opportunities in life. It doesn’t mean that you have to be a book worm, but you should exploit knowledge more.
Also, initial jobs in civil engineering are all field jobs, which are very difficult. So, one has to be prepared for it and not run away from hard-work.