A construction scheduler plays a vital role in a construction project, helping to manage both time and resources to ensure work is completed on time. The job of a scheduler is to create timetables for the entire project, which includes determining the timing of tasks and when specific materials will be needed. Construction work is often cyclical, and delays are normal, so a scheduler must make sure projects are fully staffed when appropriate and that workers are able to access tools and building materials. If an unanticipated delay arises, the scheduler must readjust timetables as much as possible to avoid wasting further time and money; this may be challenging, especially given the external pressures from clients, government restrictions, and the project manager.
Construction schedulers usually work directly under the project manager, and consult with the manager about creating schedules and managing delays. The position may also include supervising an assistant, who helps manage information and perform duties as assigned by the scheduler. In most cases, construction schedulers have a high school diploma or equivalent, though some may have higher education. In this job, experience and proven performance are frequently more important than formal schooling. Most schedulers have worked extensively in the construction field and understand the process of completing construction work, as well as the nuances of scheduling both workers and materials without wasting either. Many construction schedulers begin work in the position as an assistant or subordinate and accumulate experience before moving into the supervisory position.