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Construction manager

What does a construction manager do?

All building sites have a construction manager to oversee all everything and to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Careers in construction require you to look at jobs holistically, from planning and design to safety and project execution. As a construction manager, you would need to work closely alongside architects, engineers, contractors, labourers and other key suppliers. Keeping open channels of communication with clients and providing progress reports to stakeholders is also the responsibility of a construction project manager.

Is a career as a construction manager right for me?

If you enjoy managing projects, leading others and have an interest in construction, this could be the job for you. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • excellent communication skills 
  • the ability to problem-solve 
  • a thorough understanding of worksites and trades 
  • an ability to interpret blueprints and architectural drawings
  • knowledge of building codes and laws 
  • an ability to collaborate with others. 

How to become a construction manager

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career in construction. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in construction:
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Last updated May 2024.

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