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Construction managers plan, organize, direct and evaluate the activities of a construction company or department.

Careers in Skilled Trades:  Construction manager

Over the next few issues we will be looking at some skilled trades so you can get some idea of what's out there. This week we will look at the career of construction manager.

Are you a good communicator? Do you like working with people? Are you analytical and organized? Do you have a solid understanding of the construction industry?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then a career as a Construction Manager could be right for you.

Construction Managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a construction company, or a construction department within a company, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager.

Duties

As a Construction Manager, your duties may include the following:

  • Planning, organizing, directing, controlling and evaluating construction projects from start to finish according to schedule, specifications and budget
  • Preparing and submitting construction project budget estimates
  • Planning and preparing construction schedules and milestones, and monitoring progress against established schedules
  • Preparing contracts and negotiating revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors
  • Developing and implementing quality control programs
  • Representing your company on matters such as business services and union contracts negotiation
  • Preparing progress reports and issuing progress schedules to clients
  • Directing the purchase of building materials and land acquisitions
  • Hiring and supervising the activities of subcontractors and subordinate staff

Work Conditions

Construction managers generally work more than a standard 40-hour workweek, depending on the job schedule and any delays that may arise. They are often on call 24/7 to deal with problems and emergencies.

As a Construction Manager, you may work out of a main office or a field office on the job site.

As with all careers in the construction industry, safety is the top priority. Construction managers are trained to work safely, and wear special equipment such as hard hats, gloves and steel-toed boots whenever they are on sites.

Training and Certification

Certification is available through the Canadian Construction Association’s Gold Seal Certification Program, a national program for construction project managers, superintendents and estimators. Certification tells employers and other workers that you are a skilled professional. It also helps you get jobs.

Certification is based on your education, experience and ability to satisfy the program requirements. You may also be required to take a Gold Seal exam. With a Gold Seal, you can work as a Construction Manager anywhere in Canada.

Info compiled from Careers in Construction

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