Construction managers, also known as Site managers or site agents, supervise and direct operations on a construction project to ensure it is completed safely, on time and within budget. This may be the construction of a new building or buildings, or the maintenance and refurbishment of existing ones, Civil Engineering projects like rail, highways and other infrastructure projects. On smaller projects, managers may carry entire responsibility for the whole project; on larger projects, they may be in charge of a particular section, reporting to the senior construction manager.
Their work includes:
- liaising with Architects & Designers, planners, estimators and buyers before the commencement of construction work
- planning and phasing a work schedule for the project using project management softwares
- preparing the construction site including hire of labour, installation of site offices and overseeing material deliveries
- liaising with the site staff
- monitoring construction progress, in particular, quality of work, compliance with regulations, costs and speed of completion of phases
- maintaining site records and reporting regularly to the client.
Most construction managers start off as estimators, buyers or planners, and then progress through into management. Construction manager usually need a degree. Requirements to get on to a degree course vary between universities so it is essential to check this out beforehand. For more information on degree courses, visit the UCAS website, at http://www.ucas.co.uk
Courses and training in Consruction Management:-
Degree in building, building studies, construction engineering management, building technology or building management.
- Construction managers can earn between £26,000 and £37,000
- Average salaries are between £25,000 and £40,000.
- Partners and directors can earn up to £75,000 or more.
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