By Nsim Team
If you want to become a construction manager, you first need to determine if this career path is a good fit for your skills, interests and personality traits. If the following description sounds like you, then you’re probably well suited for a career as a construction manager:
• You have an interest in construction and skilled trades
• You enjoy directing the work of others and can motivate a team
• You are experienced in construction
• You have thorough knowledge of governmental construction regulations
• You have proven organizational and planning abilities
Construction managers are responsible for planning, directing and supervising the work activities of construction personnel. Construction managers must also participate in the conceptual development of construction projects, as well as oversee their scheduling and implementation.
The educational requirements for becoming a construction manager may vary by employer, although the typical minimum requirement is certification in a recognized trade, or a college diploma or university degree in one of the fields listed below, combined with experience in the construction industry.
• Building Construction
• Construction Management
• Project Management
• Civil Engineering
In order to become an effective construction manager, you need to posses a certain set of skills. Employers of construction managers will want to see these skills demonstrated on your resume through your work history and training, as it will give them confidence that you will be able to perform your job duties with competence.
• An in-depth knowledge of building methods
• An in-depth knowledge of health and safety regulations
• Able to motivate team members
• Able to effectively manage the work of sub-trades
• Excellent organization and planning skills
• Excellent budget and scheduling management skills
• Ability to attend to detail
• Ability to work in a time-conscious and time-effective manner
• Valid driver’s license
• Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
The following types of employers typically hire construction managers on a full-time or contractual basis:
• Small and large residential, commercial and industrial construction companies
• Specialized subcontractors
• Utility companies
• Self-employment as a general contractor
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