Home building and renovation managers (NOC 0712)

High demand occupation

About this job

Home building and renovation managers own, operate and manage companies engaged in the construction of new residential homes and the renovation of existing homes.

People in this occupation:

  • should have a good understanding of all aspects of the construction process, including building codes and government regulations
  • should have excellent organizational and communication skills
  • should have the ability to undertake business-related duties, such as record-keeping and financial management
Common job titles
  • builder - renovation / residential
  • building contractor / renovator
  • residential contractor / renovator
  • builder - renovation / residential
  • building contractor / renovator
  • residential contractor / renovator

Duties

Home building and renovation managers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan, organize and run a residential home-building or renovating company
  • prepare bids for home construction or renovation projects
  • talk to customers, architects and engineers about plans and specifications
  • hire and supervise trade subcontractors to do specialized work, such as plumbing, heating and electrical work
  • prepare work schedules and coordinate the activities of subcontractors
  • inspect work done by subcontractors to guarantee quality and conformity with plans and specifications
  • keep a directory of suppliers and trade subcontractors
  • develop and undertake marketing and advertising strategies to promote the company’s products and services
  • may perform carpentry or other trade work during home construction or renovation activities

Work environment

Since the work is project based, residential home builders and renovators may have periods of unemployment during the year. Long hours are typically required to complete projects within deadlines.

The work environment is varied and ranges from working in an office (preparing bids and estimates) to managing construction crews on a job site that may be noisy, dusty and dirty.

Many workers perform hands-on construction tasks, often using power tools, and may work on scaffolding or ladders. These workers take safety precautions to prevent injuries.

Insights from industry

Changes in residential construction requirements, particularly the development of energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies, will affect future skill and knowledge requirements.

Career opportunities in this occupation will be best for those who continue to develop skills.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Individuals usually begin their career in a residential construction trade and then move into a career as a residential home builder or renovator.

Progression to senior management positions is possible with experience.

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