What's it like to be a Construction Manager?
Construction Managers lead construction projects from planning to final build. They make sure that projects run on time, on budget and meet a client’s requirements and specifications. Construction Managers ensure that safety codes and legal requirements are met. They may work on residential projects such as apartment complexes and houses; commercial projects such as retail shops or corporate offices; or infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges.
Tasks and duties
- Preparing budgets and schedules.
- Overseeing daily operations on site.
- Coordinating with architects, engineers and trade workers.
- Monitoring work progress and ensuring a project is on schedule.
- Reviewing contracts and negotiating with subcontractors and vendors.
- Monitoring the safety of the job site.
- Reporting work progress and updates to project stakeholders.
- Ensuring compliance with building and construction codes.
To become a Construction Manager, extensive experience in construction projects is important. Some employers prefer candidates with a formal education or certifications.
Gain experience in construction work. You could start off as a labourer.
Complete a diploma in construction management. The Building and Construction Authority of Singapore offers the Certificate in Construction Productivity Management (CPPM) or Specialist Diploma in Construction Productivity (SDCP).
Improve your credentials by completing a bachelor degree in construction management, building science, civil engineering or architecture.
Earn a certification such as the BCA Certified Construction Productivity Professional (BCA CCPP) Scheme from the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore. The BCA CCPP status is valid for life with no expiry date.
Consider completing a masters degree in construction management to further improve your skills, knowledge and employment prospects.