Two Construction Managers discuss floor plans in a construction site

Construction Manager

Plan, organise, control and coordinate civil engineering and construction projects.

Overview

Construction managers work with clients to plan and oversee the construction of residential and commercial building projects and civil engineering projects such as bridges and railways. They manage resources, people, services and materials throughout the construction process to ensure the project is completed on time and within budget.

Work is onsite, within the construction zone.

Suited to people who are good at organising and coordinating multiple and varied activities on both a small and large scale. Strong attention to detail and good people management skills are important.

Day-to-day

  • interpret architectural drawings and documents
  • estimate the workers, materials, machinery and resources needed for a job
  • coordinate labour resources; hire workers and sub-contractors
  • submit building plans to local authorities
  • purchase materials and equipment
  • consult with architects, engineers and other relevant professionals
  • arrange building inspections by local authorities
  • manage subcontractors to ensure quality inputs are delivered on time and within budget
  • ensure projects meet building legislation requirements and safety and environmental standards.

Considerations

  • working outdoors.

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$3,450 / week
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