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Construction project managers co-ordinate and oversee large construction projects both onsite and in an administrative capacity. Construction project managers plan and run construction projects, including managing budgets, staff, contractors and services. They are responsible for ensuring that the construction of hospitals, office Future Growth Strong  buildings, hotels and large housing developments run on time and under budget. Construction project managers also consult with planners and architects to estimate the cost of projects and amounts of materials required, plan the scheduling and construction procedures that will be undertaken, and liaise with subcontractors and building owners. They are also responsible for supervising and directing site managers to ensure that quality, safety and cost standards are all met. Construction project managers work all over the state,overseeing the construction of everything from large high-rise office buildings in busy CBDs to schools and hospitals in our cities and towns.


ANZSCO description: Plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates construction of civil engineering and building projects, and the physical and human resources involved in the construction process. Registration or licensing is required.

Alternative names: Building and Construction Manager, Construction Manager

Knowledge, skills and attributes
  • knowledge of and experience in the construction industry and regulations
  • business acumen and negotiation skills
  • excellent organisational and written and oral communications skills
  • the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships
  • team management skills
  • the ability to multi-task
  • strong numeracy and IT skills
  • flexibility
  • knowledge of specialist project management software
  • the ability to work effectively under pressure
  • strong time management skills

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    Construction Project Manager

     

    Duties and tasks

    As a construction project manager, you would:

    • co-ordinate and oversee large construction projects
    • meet with building owners and subcontractors to discuss projects
    • plan and manage all administrative tasks
    • plan the timetable for the build and schedule all day-to-day on-site activities
    • consult with planning officials and architects to get cost and materials estimates
    • ensure timescales and budgets are adhered to
    • ensure building regulations are met
    • enforce health and safety requirements

    Working conditions

    Construction project managers work mostly in office environments, but may be required to visit the construction sites of the projects they are overseeing. They generally work regular business hours, however they will also be expected to work overtime to meet project deadlines. These workers also need to be able to provide training sessions, workshops and presentations and attend meetings, which may require travel interstate or overseas. Construction project managers can also expect to work in stressful situations.

    When on site you may be outdoors in all types of weather and you would be required to wear protective and safety clothing and equipment. You would need a current driver's licence.

    Tools and technologies

    Construction project managers mostly use computers, including data management software. They may also be required to use computer-aided design (CAD) software depending on their role. They are required to be familiar with many of the technologies and building techniques used in the construction industry. They may also use project management software to assist in planning and managing the various aspects of the project or projects they are working on.

    Education and training/entrance requirements

    To become a construction project manager, you usually need to complete a formal qualification in building and construction or construction management. You may improve your employment prospects if you complete a course in project management.

    The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) [Builder’s Registration] and the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) are offered at State Training Providers and other registered training organisations throughout Australia.

    Your employment prospects may be improved if you complete a course in project management. A range of qualifications are available in project management, at varying levels, and are offered by private companies, universities and Registered Training Organisations. Several of these courses are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management.

    You could also complete a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science, Civil Engineering or Construction Management to become a construction project manager.

    Most construction project managers will generally have worked for a number of years in building and construction positions before progressing to a project manager role. They may be required to complete further studies in project management.

    All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). Authorised training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations.
    Graduates with an appropriate building degree are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Building.

    Employment Opportunities

    Employment of construction project managers is projected to grow slightly faster than the average for all occupations.

    Project managers will be needed as overall construction activity expands. A growing emphasis on retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient should also create jobs for construction project managers.

    To ensure that projects are completed on time and under budget, firms are increasingly focusing on hiring project managers. Furthermore, construction processes and building technology are becoming more complex, requiring greater oversight and more specialised management of projects.


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