A construction manager plays a vital role in construction and building projects, using their knowledge to track and complete projects as well as taking proactive steps to avoid problems down the track. They ensure the smooth execution of a construction project by managing and overseeing everyday tasks on site. No matter what is being constructed, whether it is commercial or residential, a building consultant is needed to ensure the stability of a project. You will work with a range of workers from contractors, councils, clients, architectural planners and project managers as well as answering to executive boards or the funding body. To work as a construction manager, you will have to have an in-depth knowledge of what is involved in a building project as well as possible a strong sense of WHS obligations.
A construction manager is able to understand and oversee the daily operations of a building project as well as identify safety issues, ensuring construction is completed at a best-practise safety standard. A construction manager works towards agreed timeframes and deadlines, and troubleshoots problems as they arise that may affect the overall quality, delivery or timeframe of the construction.
As a construction manager, you must have an in-depth knowledge of all the different components of a construction project. This includes working with a wide-range of people, including executives, safety officers as well as contractors and personnel. You will need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively, monitoring a project against agreed timeframes and budget. You will need to have a good birds-eye view of a project, ensuring best practise and WHS procedures are followed and anticipating issues. It is beneficial if you have a background in construction, as you will need to understand what is involved in a project as well as work alongside carpenters, architects, electricians and other building professionals.
You will need qualifications to become a construction manager. Once you have gained your qualifications, there are many different career pathways available to you.
There are several ways you can start your career as a construction manager and different qualifications that can help you progress.
Kick-start your career with specialised courses in building and construction.
To remain competitive in the building industry, build your industry skills.
There are lots of ways you can progress your career to management or senior roles by developing a comprehensive skill set.
Because you work in the large industry of construction, there are several specific bodies you can gain recognition or association with. To work on a construction site, you will also need to gain a Construction Induction Card. Check out the resource section for info that is relevant to your state or territory.
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Australia has a booming construction industry, with opportunities predicted to continue to grow, meaning there are lots of opportunities in construction management.