What do Construction Managers do?

Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.

  • Schedule the project in logical steps and budget time required to meet deadlines.
  • Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters, such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.
  • Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.
  • Interpret and explain plans and contract terms to administrative staff, workers, and clients, representing the owner or developer.
  • Plan, organize, or direct activities concerned with the construction or maintenance of structures, facilities, or systems.
  • Take actions to deal with the results of delays, bad weather, or emergencies at construction site.
  • Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, or other regulations.
  • Study job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.
  • Select, contract, and oversee workers who complete specific pieces of the project, such as painting or plumbing.
  • Obtain all necessary permits and licenses.
  • Direct and supervise workers.
  • Develop or implement quality control programs.
  • Investigate damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites, to ensure that proper procedures are being carried out.
  • Determine labor requirements for dispatching workers to construction sites.
  • Evaluate construction methods and determine cost-effectiveness of plans, using computers.
  • Requisition supplies or materials to complete construction projects.
  • Direct acquisition of land for construction projects.
  • Apply green building strategies to reduce energy costs or minimize carbon output or other sources of harm to the environment.
  • Develop construction budgets that compare green and non-green construction alternatives in terms of short-term costs, long-term costs, or environmental impacts.
  • Develop or implement environmental protection programs.
  • Implement training programs on environmentally responsible building topics to update employee skills and knowledge.
  • Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Perform or contract others to perform prebuilding assessments, such as conceptual cost estimating, rough order of magnitude estimating, feasibility, or energy efficiency, environmental, and sustainability assessments.
  • Procure Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) or other environmentally certified professionals to ensure responsible design and building activities or to achieve favorable LEED ratings for building projects.

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Necessary Skills

  • Monitoring
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Negotiation

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