Construction managers (NOC 0711)

About this job

Construction managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a construction company or a construction department within a company, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager.

See what a day in the life of this job is like—watch WorkBC’s Career Trek video about this occupation.

Source: WorkBC’s Career Trek

People in this occupation:

  • work for residential, commercial and industrial construction companies and for construction departments of companies outside the construction industry
Common job titles
  • co-ordinator, project - construction
  • director, branch - building materials
  • expediter, construction
  • manager, construction operations
  • manager, site - construction
  • residential construction site manager
  • co-ordinator, project - construction
  • director, branch - building materials
  • expediter, construction
  • manager, construction
  • manager, construction operations
  • manager, site - construction

Duties

Construction managers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate construction projects from start to finish according to schedule, specifications and budget
  • prepare and submit construction project budget estimates
  • plan and prepare construction schedules and milestones and monitor progress against established schedules
  • prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors
  • develop and implement quality control programs
  • represent their company on matters such as business services and union contracts negotiation
  • prepare progress reports and issue progress schedules to clients
  • direct the purchase of building materials and land acquisitions
  • hire and supervise the activities of subcontractors and subordinate staff

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an office environment.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to senior management positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

  • Canadian Home Builders’ Association of British Columbia (CHBA BC)
    chbabc.org
  • Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA) of British Columbia
    www.icba.bc.ca
  • Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA)
    www.nrca.ca
  • Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA)
    www.sica.bc.ca
  • Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA)
    www.vicabc.ca
  • Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA)
    www.vrca.bc.ca