If you are involved in a large project, such as the design of a large office complex, you will have to work with other construction managers, with each one being responsible for one part of the project. Your job will be to find the most cost-effective way of carrying out the project while still adhering to building codes and other regulations set down by the federal and state government. Although you will have to look at the whole picture for the completion of the project, you need to have the ability to divide the process into manageable steps that will lead to this completion and deal with each step at a time.
When dealing with individual contractors, a construction manager usually deals with one specialized area. You may have knowledge of the needs of all areas of the project, but most people in this position specialize in one area, such as electrical or plumbing. You may also specialize in certain types of construction, such as residential homes, bridge construction or highway construction. One important aspect of this job I s ensuring the materials needed for the job are delivered on time and that all safety regulations are followed. In most cities and towns, permits are required for all types of construction and this job falls to the construction manager. You will have to ensure you apply for the proper permits and that your project meets the specifications of each one.
Today, most construction managers hold a degree or diploma in construction management, civil engineering or a related field. . However, if you have extensive experience in construction and have worked with the company for many years, you may also qualify for this type of job. You do need to be a person who can work effectively in a fast-paced environment where the working conditions change at a rapid pace. Now two days on the job are the same with each one bringing different problems and challenges for to manage and solve. Being able to work under pressure when there are project delays is essential. You need to have a good working knowledge of the principles of construction and an eye for detail in determining whether there are any problems. You should also be proficient in reading blueprints. Good interpersonal skills are important in the position of construction manager as you deal with diverse groups of workers. When problems are detected, you should have the exceptional oral and written communication skills to get the information across to other managers and contractors in an effective way.