Project Engineer Development Program

LEAD Program

Program Overview

Charter’s LEAD program affords recent college graduates or individuals with 1-3 years of relevant experience the opportunity to learn the in’s and out’s of Charter and to gain hands-on knowledge of the construction industry. This comprehensive developmental program is designed to provide learning opportunities through mentored work experiences to ensure you reach your developmental goals.

  • Learn about the construction industry and how Charter manages work
  • Explore different career opportunities at Charter through the LEAD program rotations
  • Accelerate your career by learning from experts in the construction industry
  • Develop a strong professional and technical skill set through a hands-on experience

Our goal is to expose you to different areas of the company at a rapid pace so you can design your own career path. The LEAD program takes our new generation of employees and turns them into Charter’s future project leaders.

The LEAD program is flexible. If you start down one of these career paths and decide you want to switch, we will work together to help you transition down another path. We want our employees to love what they do and are committed to ensuring each and every employee is doing the job they are receiving the most fulfillment from.


LEAD Program


  • LEAD Program 1


    Often times, winning a job comes down to the penny. Learn how Charter gets a leg up on the competition in the estimating phase. In addition to honing basic estimating skills, you will become a pro at interpreting plans and specifications and creating takeoffs.

  • Project Engineer Development Program 4

    Project Management

    Whether in the office or onsite, acquiring fundamental Project Management skills is essential to successfully managing Charter projects of all sizes. During this rotation you’ll learn the basics of project scheduling, procurement, and financial management.

  • Project Engineer Development Program 5

    Field Management

    In your field rotation you will gain invaluable onsite experience assisting with key aspects of work planning, including job site safety and managing craft labor and equipment.

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    Program Services

    See what it takes to win a job before we even step foot on a site. Gain exposure to bid strategy, proposal preparation, document control, and develop your technical writing skills.

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    Safety Management

    Building and operating safely is the number one Charter Core Value. No role is more important than that of the Site Safety and Health Officer (SSHO). In addition to our core program of Safety Training, you’ll have the opportunity to gain exposure to the SSHO role under the tutelage of our Director of Health & Safety.

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    Environmental Services

    Charter’s ability to manage complex hazardous waste streams has long been a competitive advantage for the Company and a value-added service provided to our customers. You’ll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of both process and logistics surrounding soil characterization, sampling, testing, excavation, and the transportation and disposal of contaminated materials.

  • Project Engineer Development Program 6

    Finance and Accounting

    The backbone of every company is financial management and Charter is no different. In this rotation you will learn Charter’s project level accounting process and how to analyze data to optimize financial decisions that positively impact our bottom line.

Development Discussions

You will work closely with our experienced and dedicated Program Administrator who will help guide you through the program. The Program Administrator tracks your progress, answer questions, and conduct development discussions.

Development is the core of this thorough program and communication is key to everyone’s success. Throughout your time in the program you will, at a minimum, have the following development discussions with rotational managers and the Program Administrator:

  • Beginning of rotation – Discuss fundamental learning objectives and expectations for the rotation.
  • Quarterly check-ins – Regular check-ins to track individual progress and to ensure you are accomplishing all your learning objectives.
  • End of rotation – A final review of achievements; feedback on the Project Engineer strengths and development areas.
LEAD Program 2

“After just 4 months at Charter, I have been trusted to do many different tasks onsite and have gained valuable experience working under a skilled project manager, site superintendent, and surveyor. Working on different project types has provided me with the opportunity to learn different aspects of operations within this industry”

Max Sherman | Project Engineer
BS Civil Engineering
Wentworth '16
LEAD Program 3

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