Construction managers are responsible for managing the planning, materials, building, and budget of a construction project or component of a project. They are the communication bridge between the clients and the construction team. Strong communication and management skills are crucial, as they are responsible for supervising and directing personnel working on the project. They select and oversee the work of contractors contributing to the project, and must enforce safety measures and company regulations to ensure the safety of all employees on the project site. When special licenses and permits are required by local law, the construction manager is responsible for obtaining these licenses and permits. Additionally, they ensure the work is completed on time by developing schedules for reaching objectives and project milestones. The construction manager must also prioritize duties and effectively delegate tasks in order to ensure the project's success.
Many construction manager positions require a Bachelor's degree in construction management, business, planning, engineering, or related disciplines. Depending on the position, anywhere from three to ten or more years of related construction experience is required. Some parts of a construction manager's job may take place in an office setting, but for the most part, they will be actively present on the project site during all stages of construction. They must possess strong written and verbal communication skills in order to effectively direct work flow and collaborate with the client to ensure their needs are met. When problems arise, the construction manager may serve as a mediator to maintain good working relationships between the client/customer and field team. They must be organized and able to accomplish multiple tasks within the agreed upon time frames.
Construction Manager Tasks
- Develop schedules for reaching objectives and make sure work is completed on time.
- Supervise and direct personnel working on the project.
- Select and oversee the work of contractors contributing to the project.
- Manage the planning, materials, building, and budget of a construction or component of a project.
- Enforce safety measures and company regulations, and obtain required licenses and permits.