Construction managers run construction projects – or, at least parts of them – and make sure the project is completed to budget and on time while meeting the specific requirements of the client.
Construction managers can be managing the various aspects of construction of new buildings or the maintenance and refurbishment of existing ones. On smaller sites, construction managers may carry sole responsibility for the whole project; on larger sites, they may be in charge of a particular section, reporting to the senior site and/or project manager. Senior construction managers might oversee several construction projects at the same time.
Construction managers work closely with other professionals including architects, engineers, technicians and surveyors, and also act as a point of contact for the public. They have frequent meetings with subcontractors and daily contact with the site workforce.
The first step to becoming a construction manager is often a construction apprenticeship.