What's it like to be a Construction Manager?
Construction Managers work with construction companies or governmental and allied organisations on construction projects, including the construction of homes, commercial buildings, and large infrastructure or civil engineering projects. They manage a construction project from start to finish, ensuring that labour, finances, resources, and timelines are all planned and implemented appropriately. Work can be both office-based and on construction sites, and may extend beyond regular business hours. Construction Managers must have extensive industry knowledge and experience as this is not an entry-level role.
Tasks and duties
- Interpreting architectural drawings and specifications.
- Coordinating labour resources and procurement and delivery of materials and equipment.
- Negotiating with building owners, property developers and subcontractors involved in the construction process to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
How to become a Construction Manager
Construction Managers are usually experienced professionals in the field who began their careers as laborers or apprentices.
Complete an apprenticeship in a building and construction trade. Apprenticeships let you work towards an NZQA-accredited qualification while earning a wage and learning necessary skills. They usually take 3-4 years to complete. Alternatively, you may also be able to gain entry-level experience as a helper on construction sites. Many building companies are willing to employ and train young, inexperienced construction workers.
Gain several years’ experience in the construction industry. Many jobs require Construction Managers to have five or more years of relevant experience before entering a managerial role, and sometimes even more.
Consider gaining relevant skills through a formal qualification such as a New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Construction Management) (Level 6).