Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate a wide variety of construction projects, including the building of all types of residential, commercial, and industrial structures, roads, bridges, wastewater treatment plants, and schools and hospitals. They schedule and coordinate all design and construction processes, including the selection, hiring, and oversight of specialty trade contractors. Construction managers are salaried or self-employed managers who oversee construction supervisors and workers. They are often called project managers, constructors, construction superintendents, project engineers, program managers, construction supervisors, or general contractors
- Provides overall technical direction for construction projects;
- Liaises with owners, architects, engineers, estimators and surveyors;
- Plans, organizes, controls and evaluates construction projects in their entirety;
- Supervises field staff such as inspectors, construction material testers, and administrative personnel;
- Prepares construction project budget estimates during primary planning stages;
- Prepares and negotiates contracts with engineers, architects, suppliers and subcontractors;
- Manages the full construction team throughout all phases of the project including site preparation, construction, and commissioning;
- Represents the owner on negotiations with unions and on all activities performed by project contractors and material suppliers;
- Authorizes staff hiring;
- Designs and implements quality control system as well as health and safety programs;
- Obtains required building permits and other licenses;
- Employs construction management software to monitor adherence to defined schedules and to mitigate observed delays or deviations from schedules or budgets;
- Advises owners, supervisors, designers, and contractors on corrective actions on matters such as work procedures, contractual issues, and construction problems.
Three-year college program in civil engineering technology or construction technology.