Construction Managers overview construction projects from conception to completion according to schedule, specifications, and budget. They make sure the projects and all related processes run smoothly by effectively coordinating activities, resources, equipment, and information.
In addition to leading and executing the company’s construction duties in a safe and productive way, Construction Managers are also in charge of assembling teams and assigning them tasks. They visit construction sites to ensure the work undertaken by their team is of the highest standards.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Construction Managers are required to complete.
- Managing contracts and obtaining the required permits and licenses (e.g. notice of project).
- Preparing and submitting construction project budget estimates and monitoring the established budget throughout the project:
- Managing revenues/profits and implementing monthly and annual business plans;
- being aware that unexpected expenses may take place and handling them appropriately if that is the case, always aiming not to slow down the entire project;
- controlling work-related costs in order to stick to the established budget; and
- verifying and approving subcontractors’ invoices, as well as managing subordinates’ payrolls.
- Establishing working schedules and objectives for the entire project and supervising the overall progress:
- Developing and maintaining detailed project schedules, including all phases and dependencies, such as design, material procurement and installation, and administrative tasks for multiple sites;
- supervising the construction process every day to make sure that it is progressing as expected, reporting its status to the client on a regular basis;
- conducting regular update meetings with team members to measure the success of each project; and
- managing all installation and readjustment work, along with the personnel and its assigned tasks.
- Building, managing, and deploying a high-quality team:
- Employing staff members and overseeing their activities, choosing the most skilled employees to trust them with specific duties or issues of the project;
- ensuring all team members are following and are trained on current health and safety policies and procedures;
- training the team on any field that could be considered necessary;
- making sure all expectations are met, both collective and individual, and resolving any disputes or complaints, whenever possible; and
- drafting the contractual agreements with Architects, consultants, clients, suppliers, and subcontractors and making any necessary changes.
- Providing an excellent service in order to ensure customer satisfaction throughout the whole project with property owners, corporate clients, and insurance companies:
- Inspecting progress and work quality during and after the construction project.
- Acting as the company’s representative to negotiate union contracts and business services matters:
- Promoting a culture of “employer of choice” to attract, retain, and motivate high-quality workers; and
- developing and maintaining strong relationships and acting as a primary liaison with policyholders, estimators, adjusters, etc.
- Purchasing the required materials and equipment, as well as construction lots:
- Managing purchase orders, changing orders and chargebacks.
- Ensuring that all construction and safety codes are duly followed:
- Being aware of potential construction hazards.
- Monitoring and reporting the progress and development of all construction projects, ensuring requirements and deadlines are met.
- Updating and regulating projects’ budgets by managing revenues and profits.
- Visiting construction sites to ensure all subcontractors and subordinate staff are working according to provided instructions.
- Inspecting and reviewing every aspect of the project to ensure that all construction and safety codes, as well as all applicable regulations, are being followed.
- Directing and supervising workers.
The average Construction Manager salary in USA is $71,201 per year or $37 per hour. This is around 2.5 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $50,000 while most experienced workers make up to $100,000. These results are based on 749 salaries extracted from job descriptions.
- Leadership and human resources management skills:
- Pushing themselves and others to achieve results and exceed goals;
- sharing knowledge and expectations by mentoring team members;
- thriving to improve individual and organizational contributions; and
- being resourceful, energetic and displaying a strong desire to take initiative.
- Interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills:
- Communicating clearly, both in writing and verbally, in order to create a clear and communicative environment between owners, stakeholders, subordinate staff, subcontractors, and suppliers;
- conveying an engaging attitude and optimistic tone with a focus on developing long-term relationships internally and externally to facilitate work efforts, alignment, and collaboration;
- being able to deal with a diverse group of people in potentially adversarial situations; and
- being able to address issues and concerns as they arise, using a calm, polite, tactful, discreet, and effective approach.
- Analytical skills and strong attention to detail:
- Analyzing, managing, and mitigating risks to prevent problems and resolving any emerging ones;
- being reasonable and non-biased when studying different solutions and alternatives, always checking the pros and cons, as well as the strengths and weaknesses;
- being able to calculate areas and to relate calculations to required material; and
- being able to accurately and thoroughly monitor work for quality.
- Organizational and time management skills:
- Prioritizing and planning work activities in order to manage time efficiently while managing a high volume of work; and
- multitasking; being able to work in a dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced environment.
- Productive and result-oriented.
- Continual focus on safety, cost control, and client satisfaction:
- Wearing hearing protection to protect workers from excessive noise, especially when working around noisy machinery; and
- wearing anti-dust respirator masks, steel-toed work boots, helmets, glasses, and ear protection, as well as any other safety equipment.
- Basic accounting competency with an understanding of invoicing and billing procedures:
- Being able to plan and monitor budgets.
Aside from the skills listed above, Construction Managers also need to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current building codes including, but not limited to, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical related codes, and any other law and/or ordinance regulating building construction or reconstruction. They also need to possess advanced knowledge of construction management processes, means, and methods, as well as quality standards related to these fields.
To be part of this field, it is not obligatory to have any certification. However, having experience in the area, as well as any academic knowledge, including a university or college degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Sciences, among others, will definitely benefit candidates, increasing their opportunities to get an outstanding job position. This will also help them get better recognition for their performance and professionalism.
Nowadays, clients prefer hiring a licensed Construction Manager for their projects. Therefore, it is highly advised for them to pursue certifications such as the ones offered by the American Institute of Constructors or the Advancing Professional Construction and Program Management Worldwide.
Additional certifications are usually preferred, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Project Management Professional (PMP) certification;
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) certification;
- Water Remediation Technician (WRT) certification;
- Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) certification; and
- Odor Control Technician (OCT) certification.
Construction Managers are also required to be in excellent physical condition since they need to stand and walk for long periods of time and need to be able to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds.