Performance Factor of Task Force through Engineering Job Analysis


Anil Seth

Larsen & Toubro Limited


A certificate does not make you certified.  Attitude, performance, commitment to self and team – these and a certificate make you certified. 

 Performance can only be judged with some analysis. An Engineering Job Analysis (EJA) provides a mechanism platform by which the project engineering manager provides a detailed look at how an individual task is performed and its inherent risks and preventive measures.

In an EJA, each step of the job is examined to identify potential risk and to determine the way to do the job.

An engineering job analysis includes four steps:

  1. Select a job.
  2. Break the job down into a sequence of steps (like productivity analysis, performance analysis, material trending, cash flow etc.)
  3. Identify the performance against each of these steps (based on availability of forecast, bench marking and experience) ,and
  4. Determine the preventive measures to overcome the risks.

It is essential that resources agreed as per the contract are reviewed at mobilization stage for ensuring compliance from the day one and thorough effective supervision and also ensuring that the monitoring systems are at place.

This activity also helps in taking timely action in case of unsatisfactory performance to correct the situation and ensure productive work during engineering period.

The periodicity of such performance review will depend upon size/type/complexity of contract. However, the performance should be reviewed at least at mobilisation stage and at the end of the contract. If you go by my recommendation monthly review is a must.

The Engineering Job Analysis set-up list given below is only a guide to project engineering managers. Generally depending on audiences engineering managers keep all 17 or trims the list. From the EJA we will discuss some of the performance indicators.


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About the Author

Anil Seth


Mr. Anil Seth is working as Assistant General Manager in Project Engineering Department of Larsen & Toubro Engineering at Faridabad, India and manages the Project Engineering Manager Portfolio for hydrocarbon projects. Before joining Larsen & Toubro Ltd. Engineering and construction division he has worked for Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited. He holds B.E. degree with Honors in CHEMICAL Engineering from Panjab University Chandigarh India and has also done Diploma in Environmental Management. He is Certified for Harvard Manage Mentor and specializes in Building High Performance cross functional Task Force as well as Converting Breakeven Projects to Profitable scenario. He can be reached at [email protected]  or [email protected].

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) is a technology-driven USD 11.7 billion company that infuses engineering with imagination. It is one of the largest and most respected companies in India’s private sector. The company a technology, engineering, construction and manufacturing company offering a wide range of advance solutions, services and products. Its Hydrocarbon Mid & Downstream group provides a wide range of EPC solutions for turnkey projects – green fuel / fuel quality up-gradation, residue up gradation; cracker complex, polyolefins & aromatics projects for petrochemical industry; hydrogen, fertilisers, gas processing, reformers & cracking furnaces; cross-country oil & gas pipelines, gas gathering stations and crude oil terminals.