Construction Manager

0711 Construction Managers

What do they do?

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. They are employed by residential, commercial and industrial construction companies and by construction departments of companies outside the construction industry.

Example Titles: Commercial construction manager, construction superintendent, general contractor, project manager - View all titles

Main Duties - Construction managers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate construction projects from start to finish according to schedule, specifications and budget

  • Prepare and submit construction project budget estimates

  • Plan and prepare construction schedules and milestones and monitor progress against established schedules

  • Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors

  • Develop and implement quality control programs

  • Represent company on matters such as business services and union contracts negotiation

  • Prepare progress reports and issue progress schedules to clients

  • Direct the purchase of building materials and land acquisitions

  • Hire and supervise the activities of subcontractors and subordinate staff.

Employment Requirements:

  • A university degree in civil engineering or a college diploma in construction technology is usually required.

  • A master's degree in project management may be required.

  • Several years of experience in the construction industry, including experience as a construction supervisor or field superintendent, are usually required.

  • Extensive experience in the construction industry may substitute for post-secondary education requirements.

  • Professional engineering status or construction trade certification may be required by some employers.

Additional Information:

  • Progression to senior management positions is possible with experience.

Classified Elsewhere:

  • Residential Home Builders and Renovators (0712)

  • Senior Managers - Goods Production, Utilities, Transportation and Construction (0016)