How to become a construction manager

Be completely in charge of construction projects from the planning stages all the way through to completion.

Pathways to this career

  1. Attain on the job experience and combine it with a formal qualification in construction management.
  2. Complete certified general construction induction training with a registered Australian organisation and get a White Card.
  3. Gain as much practical experience as possible, ask questions, diversify your skillset and work on your ability to understand team dynamics.
  4. Check and complete the builder registration requirements with your state or territory’s licensing body.

What does a construction manager do?

Construction managers handle the complete coordination of projects in civil engineering and infrastructure, commercial and residential buildings, houses, and even large-scale parking garages. They manage crews of laborers and skilled trades, as well as permits, and equipment and machinery rentals.

Duties and tasks

  • Bid and negotiate on projects.
  • Coordinate laborers and trades.
  • Ensure laws and codes are followed.
  • Ensure materials and equipment are delivered on time.
  • Implement specifications for a project.
  • Oversee all work.
  • Set up building inspections with the proper authorities.
  • Submit plans to zoning boards.

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