Engineering Project Checklists

Published 5 May 2022

An engineering project is a set of activities planned by a cross-functional team of engineers to execute commissioned work and fulfill client requirements. It generally involves the design, manufacture, and distribution of products or the design, construction, and management of infrastructure. Engineering projects rarely go as planned, so the need to establish contingency strategies is crucial. Trouble can arise upon carrying out day-to-day tasks, sometimes omitting crucial steps. Project engineers usually gather requirements, create documents, order materials, coordinate shipping, manage teams, configure processes, and troubleshoot issues. Using an engineering project checklist helps ensure that the job can be done safely and efficiently.

What is an Engineering Checklist?

An engineering checklist is a form used by engineers to ensure that standard protocols, safety measures, client specifications, and other important directives are understood, confirmed, and adhered to during the progression of engineering projects. Commonly filled-out in pen-and-paper format, engineering checklists can also be completed via digital forms.          

Top 10 Reasons to Use iAuditor for Your Engineering Project

Engineering projects, even for experts and trained professionals, require a great deal of effort to complete. While the job itself is inherently complex, some aspects do not have to be. Below are the top 10 reasons you should use iAuditor for your next engineering project:   

1. Set clear project specifications and milestones

Whatever field of engineering you’re in, the reputation of your company rests largely on your ability to deliver on time and as promised. An engineering project manager’s biggest challenge is dealing with inevitable changes and delays. With project checklists, you can set clear project specifications from the beginning and have complete visibility over your operation. Using iAuditor by SafetyCulture, a checklist inspection app, you can manage all your on-site demands from a mobile phone or tablet and double your productivity.

2. Complete inspections in half the time

Say goodbye to spreadsheets and paper checklists. iAuditor can help you convert your existing Word, Excel, and PDF forms into iAuditor templates. Performing inspections on your mobile device using one hand beats a pen and clipboard in efficiency any day.  

3. Instant reports on the spot

You can provide accurate, highly detailed reports on the spot to contractors, supervisors, and consultants. and get clients to sign-off on work on the spot at various stages of the project. iAuditor delivers detailed reports that you can share to ensure stakeholders are engaged throughout the project delivery and keep the scope on track. Using iAuditor, you can effectively measure success by tracking progress from the data collected in the field.

4. Put an end to paperwork

You can’t keep track of your project progress by using paper checklists. By conducting daily and weekly inspections using iAuditor, you can work out the risk factors at various stages and determine how you can reduce their impact. Your iAuditor inspection data can be backed up to the cloud. There is no need for piles of paperwork and confusing spreadsheets. A cloud-based checklist app ensures you’ve checked off every detail and are able to manage them accordingly.

5. Provide detailed images in reports

Using high quality images throughout your inspection can help increase the level of detail and accuracy in your reports. iAuditor allows project teams to capture high resolution images throughout your site mid-inspection so you can easily embed them in reports. Simply take a photo of identified issues and mark them up using the iAuditor annotation feature to quickly, and accurately deliver your message. 

6. Create and customize project-specific checklists

iAuditor sets the standard for your engineering project and ensures every worker is on the same page. You can create project specific checklists and collect data across the entire project to easily identify safety and quality issues in real-time. 

7. Cloud-based inspection analytics

When you’re delivering a project to a specific scope of work, data is crucial. Using the iAuditor analytics feature, you can access your project inspection data wherever, and whenever as long as you are connected to the internet. Your iAuditor data is also backed up and secure in your account thanks to unlimited cloud storage. 

8. Offline capability

A checklist inspection app needs to work anywhere, including underground and in remote locations. Poor connectivity should not stop you from performing inspections and audits in remote sites. iAuditor by SafetyCulture allows workers to conduct their audits in any location, even while offline. Simply sync the completed checklist back to your iAuditor account once you reconnect to the internet and you are all set. iAuditor is available for iOS and Android devices. 

9. Collaborate with your project team

iAuditor allows you to work in project teams, so that the project manager, contractor, subcontractor, consultant and suppliers can inspect and collect data separately in the field. The entire team can conduct inspections in real-time and ensure there is consistency in the data collected by using the same application. Simply set up a SafetyCulture account, start an organization and invite your project team.

10. Digital inspections can’t be lost or damaged

Inspections are backed up to the cloud as soon as they are done. This ensures that your collected data is safe from damage, loss, and unauthorized access.  

The Importance of Using an Engineering Audit Checklist Process

While the term “audit” is typically associated with financial statements, its importance in the context of engineering cannot be overstated. Engineering projects involve input from several professionals that cover different disciplines, as well as a significant financial investment. Having plenty of moving parts makes a project more susceptible to delays, miscommunication, and other setbacks. 

Using an engineering audit checklist helps your team become more vigilant by making data visibility an collaboration easier. In doing so, production mistakes can be avoided, issues are quickly identified and immediately resolved, and engineering projects are completed with little to no problem.  

Tips for Creating the World’s Most Effective Engineering Checklists

  1. Detail is key. Make sure to include all the necessary information.
  2. Use plain language and concise questions to gather information.
  3. Start your checklist with an analytic objective. What do you want to know from this checklist?
  4. Avoid using legislative references within your checklists.

Create Your Own Engineering Checklist Template in Under 5 Minutes

  • Download iAuditor and open the Template section
  • Drag and drop what you need in your inspection template
  • Set your own questions, add signatures and build out your inspection checklist
  • Preview template to ensure it’s correct
  • Share your template with your team and start auditing

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Mike Gempel – Environmental Safety and Health Specialist at AECOM
“Previously, supervisors would visit the field, check out the job site, then get stuck behind the computer at the end of the day trying to put together their audits and report them into a confusing database. We’ve provided more than 90 supervisors with the iAuditor system, which has decreased time spent at their desks, while increasing the number of audits we’re able to complete.”