Build a Career as a Construction Manager
Construction is a career path that offers competitive wages and benefits, as well as limitless growth opportunities. Due to new projects and predicted retirements in the next decade, there is a high demand for new talent in West Michigan. Local companies are hiring for all skill levels.
A construction or project manager is currently an in-demand role. Let’s take a closer look!
A construction managers day is going to vary. They will typically start the day before dawn and tasks will include site visits, meetings, planning, and paperwork. The manager must be a strong communicator to keep everyone on the same page and ensure projects progress on time and in budget.
What are duties of a construction manager?
- Plan and schedule project activities.
- Prepare budgets, progress reports and cost tracking reports.
- Supervise construction workers.
- Prepare and negotiate contracts with architects, consultants, suppliers, clients, and subcontractors.
- Study job specifications.
- Inspect and review projects to monitor compliance with codes and regulations.
- Investigate damage and accidents, and ensure procedures are followed.
What skills or experience does a construction manager need?
- Ability to coordinate people and projects.
- Active listening and ability to communicate clearly.
- Problem solving skills and critical thinking.
- Ability to make decisions and judgement calls.
- Industry experience and knowledge.
- Knowledge of software programs (project management, design/CAD, analytical or scientific, document management).
- An associate or bachelor degree (can vary depending on hiring company).
If you are ready to make a career change or want to learn about training opportunities, contact your West Michigan Works! service center to get started.