What does a Construction Manager do?

Construction managers plan for, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish. Construction managers coordinate and supervise various construction projects, which includes the building of all types of public residential, commercial, and industrial structures in addition to roads, memorials, and bridges.

Construction managers oversee the construction phase of a project, but they may also consult with a client during the design phase to help refine plans and control project costs. They are responsible for the oversight of specialized contractors and additional personnel. They schedule and coordinate all construction processes so that a project meets the client's design specifications. They ensure projects stay on time and within the allotted budget, and interact with lawyers and local government officials where appropriate. They work in tandem with other building specialists including an architect or civil engineer and various trade workers including electricians or carpenters. They create and manage a budget for each project which keeps supplies, materials, and labor in mind. They are responsible for maintaining a line of communication with their clients throughout the process. Construction managers need a minimum bachelor’s degree, relevant experience and on-the-job training.

What responsibilities are common for Construction Manager jobs?
  • Maintain construction file and update notes on project files.
  • Manage project execution to ensure budget and schedule compliance.
  • Coordinate and perform actual construction work on lab sites.
  • Manage all aspects of the build: pre, during and post.
  • Provide accurate status information on the progress to project management.
  • Attend and participate in all safety meetings and training.
  • Obtain approval and documentation of field and design modifications.
  • Able to oversee 4-5 projects simultaneously.
  • Report any and all injuries, accidents, and/or incidents immediate supervisor.
  • Lead a team of program managers and support personnel.
  • Inspect areas to determine new construction, repair and maintenance needs.
  • Coordinate plans, specs, and bids to finalize subcontractor scopes.
  • Order building materials, manage community assets and site budgets.
  • Assemble contractor bid list and solicit and manage the bid process.
  • Provide continuous improvement of customer service, quality, efficiency, and safety.
  • Educate site workers on construction safety regulations and accident protocol.
  • Perform all project management duties as required per project and project team.
  • Prepare regular interval progress reports as required by the project.
  • Ensure purchase orders are sent in a timely manner.
  • Provide detailed project cost reporting, scheduling, vendor coordination, etc.
  • Reconcile total project budget(s) with all project related costs.
  • Responsible for the training, development, and performance management of staff.
  • Coordinate workers engaged in plumbing, electrical, welding or related trades.
  • Ensure associates and subcontractors are in compliance with company safety standards.
What are the typical qualifications for Construction Manager jobs?
  • Management training and experience working in the construction industry.
  • Prior experience as a consultant.
  • Fluent in OSHA rules and protocols.
  • Comfortable drafting project plans that include budget, buildout, and cost estimates.
  • Experienced at processing change orders.
  • A leader and problem solver with sound attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated strong work ethic.
  • A team player and collaborator.
  • Experience with Swpp, AutoCAD, P6, MEP, and BIM software and systems.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Construction Manager Salaries near Canada

Average Base Pay

$126,278 /yr
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Construction Manager Career Path

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Myco MechanicalMyco Mechanical
VDC Specialist
Mar 25, 2023

“I was there for almost 2 years and never received an increase even though my reviews were good.”

CSM GroupCSM Group
Construction Manager
Sept 12, 2023

“Growth paths are clearly defined and the structured feedback gives me the information I need to advance my career.”

Construction Manager
Sept 27, 2023

“The benefits are amazing and occasionally you get to be part of a really cool idea or project.”

Construction Manager
Mar 18, 2022

“There is no career growth unless you know someone in the company or worked with them previously”

Carnegie Custom HomesCarnegie Custom Homes
Assistant Construction Manager
Jul 22, 2022

“It’s been great learning experience working on one of the best luxurious homes in houston.”

VFive GroupVFive Group
Construction Manager
Aug 9, 2022

“Good exposure & career development for fresh graduate as you can explore to learn & experience new things.”

American Electric PowerAmerican Electric Power
Transmission Construction Representative
Mar 6, 2023

“Great schedule and fun job”

Drive & Shine Car WashDrive & Shine Car Wash
Construction Manager
Sept 12, 2023

“It is such a supportive and great team to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Construction Manager

When working as a Construction Manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Cost Estimates, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Outlook, Reviews and Quantity Surveying.

The most similar professions to Construction Manager are:
  • Carpenter
  • Foreman
  • Construction Worker
  • Construction Superintendent

The most common qualifications to become a Construction Manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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