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.