Construction managers (NOC 0711)

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Nature of work

Construction managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a construction company or a construction department within a company, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. They are employed by residential, commercial and industrial construction companies and by construction departments of companies outside the construction industry.

Main duties

  • Construction managers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate construction projects from start to finish according to schedule, specifications and budget
  • - Prepare and submit construction project budget estimates
  • - Plan and prepare construction schedules and milestones and monitor progress against established schedules
  • - Continued…
  • - Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors
  • - Develop and implement quality control programs
  • - Represent company on matters such as business services and union contracts negotiation
  • - Prepare progress reports and issue progress schedules to clients
  • - Direct the purchase of building materials and land acquisitions
  • - Hire and supervise the activities of subcontractors and subordinate staff.

Employment requirements

  • * A university degree in civil engineering or a college diploma in construction technology is usually required.
  • * A master's degree in project management may be required.
  • * Several years of experience in the construction industry, including experience as a construction supervisor or field superintendent, are usually required.
  • * Extensive experience in the construction industry may substitute for post-secondary education requirements.
  • * Professional engineering status or construction trade certification may be required by some employers.

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