How to be a Successful Construction Project Manager

Global Resources is a full-service business development group and general management consulting firm focused on small and medium-size privately-held companies in North America.  We specialize in many industries, including construction.

Leaders in the construction industry have many responsibilities. Whether you work on a small residential project or a large commercial project, the smallest details can make a big difference. Good project managers must have the skills and temperament to overcome obstacles.

  • Education – While it’s possible to work your way up from a construction trade to project manager, it’s a good idea to earn a bachelor’s degree or certificate in construction management. You’ll learn the complexities of the construction industry that you might not come into contact with if you’re working as a carpentry foreman, such as estimating, cost control, risk and safety management and contract administration.
  • Experience- Education is necessary to advance as a project manager and move on to bigger projects as your career goes on. In some cases it’s the only way you’ll get the job. But practical experience in construction can lay an important foundation. Even a summer job as a general laborer while you’re in school can give you valuable exposure to how job sites are managed as well as experience to put on a resume. Internships with general contractors and architects are also important. The broader your knowledge of and experience in the industry, the more likely your success as a project manager.
  • Communication – It’s difficult to overstate how crucial good communication skills are to a project manager. You’ll be dealing with other company management, project engineers, architects, subcontractors, vendors and inspectors, all with different issues and demands. Your job entails juggling multiple and competing requests under sometimes stressful conditions, so the ability to remain unflappable — at least on the outside — will inspire confidence in your leadership. There’s a lot of paperwork involved with the job, from email correspondence to RFIs (requests for information), so hone your writing ability.
  • Skills- A project manager spends as much time, or more, in the office as on a job site. Scheduling and managing subcontractors, creating project timelines, tracking the permitting process, keeping track of change orders and managing a complex budget require good computer skills. While most companies have project management software to help manage these things, skill with spreadsheet software is invaluable. Math skills and knowledge of accounting are vital to working with budgets and billing.

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