Construction project managers plan, coordinate, and oversee a wide variety of projects involving the construction or maintenance of facilities, buildings, roadways, and building systems. They oversee the construction process from conceptualization to completion. This includes oversight of construction supervisors, contractors, and various trade workers. Usually, the construction project manager must report on the progress of the project to the owner and local officials. Project managers must have excellent planning skills and be able to effectively schedule tasks, meet deadlines, and follow a budget. They also must effectively manage contractors and vendors, monitoring quality of work performed, and ensuring tasks are completed within budgetary and time restrictions. Construction project managers must be able to read blueprints and schematics, building codes, and relevant laws to ensure the project is in compliance with building standards and regulations.
Much of the work is completed at the project site, which may involve some level of physical risk. Though most work occurs within typical business hours, construction project managers must be available at all times in case of emergency. Construction project managers must have extensive knowledge of tools, processes, and materials involved in general construction. They must be able to remain calm under pressure, act decisively, be flexible, and effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Assertive and attentive communication skills are essential. Formal education is not necessarily required, though education in building science, civil engineering, business, or project management may be beneficial. Most important is relevant work experience in the construction industry, including at least some on-the-job training.
Construction Project Manager Tasks
- Oversee budgeting, scheduling, and other managerial aspects of project.
- Select and coordinate contractors needed for project.
- Plan and oversee implementation of design for construction, renovation, and maintenance projects.
- Consult with clients and company representatives to direct project development.