The joys of being responsible for a creation are many. And we are not only talking about obviously creative projects such as movies and paintings. The same amount of creativity can be put into construction projects and as a construction manager, you can have this opportunity to make something that you would be proud to look at later. Talking about a construction manager, what does one do?
A construction manager is basically responsible for ensuring that a commercial or residential construction project is completed without any hitches. From the project planning phase to the execution, every stage is important to oversee and construction mangers ensure that this is done properly.
Typically, construction managers do not need more than a high school diploma but they do need to possess excellent people skills. They also need to be able to read and interpret building plans and build effective relationships with vendors, suppliers, engineers, architects and surveyors. As a construction manager, you will be in a constant mode of “inspection” which is why it is important that you are vigilant and detail-oriented.
On a typical day at work, a construction manager will perform some or all of the duties listed below:
• Communicate with engineers, architects and surveyors to determine the scope of each construction project
• Confer with clients to determine their specific construction needs
• Develop core construction plans according to provided specifications and ensure that they are adhered to during the entirety of the project
• Secure the services of appropriate personnel such as construction workers and provide them with work schedules
• Coordinate the delivery of resources and material such as sand, cement, bricks and construction equipment
• Provide clients with information on how the project will progress and ensure that they are aware of all goings-on during each stage
• Assess the need to intervene into project modules with a view to correct or enhance a module
• Select tools, materials and equipment that will be used for each individual project module
• Review work progress on a daily basis and ensure that any imminent delays are handled properly
• Draft contracts between company and clients and negotiate agreements within the parameters set by the company
• Ascertain that appropriate construction techniques are being used in accordance to the type of project at hand
• Develop and implement quality control programs and take action to deal with low quality work or delays in deliverables
• Ascertain that work sites are conducive to constructive work by ensuring that safety standards are properly put into place