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Construction Manager

A challenging career where no two days are the same.

What's it like to be a Construction Manager?

Construction Managers oversee and advise staff on all matters concerning the day-to-day running of job site operations. They are involved in all aspects of a building site’s operations and need to have a thorough understanding of the building and construction industry.

Construction Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Interpreting architectural drawings and specifications.
  • Coordinating labour resources and procurement and delivery of materials, plant 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.

What can I earn as a Construction Manager?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Construction Manager is greater than $200k

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How to become a Construction Manager


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Pathways to becoming a Construction Manager combine formal training with practical experience. Generally, Construction Managers have extensive experience in the construction industry, and hold a qualification such as the Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) (CPC60212).

  1. Most Construction Managers start out as entry-level employees in the construction industry. Everyone working in the construction industry needs to have a White Card. Holding a valid White Card means that you have completed official, certified general construction induction training with a registered organisation within Australia.
  2. Gain as much practical experience as possible. Every project is different, so the more diverse and varied your experience, the better equipped you’ll be to handle whatever situation you’re presented with as a Construction Manager.
  3. Complete a qualification such as the Advanced Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) (CPC60212). This course is designed to give you an advanced knowledge of building projects to allow you to provide advisory, administrative and management services for the construction of large, high-rise and complex buildings.
  4. Check the builder registration requirements with the appropriate licensing body in your State or Territory.

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How do Construction Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Construction Managers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.7
Pay / Salary
3.9
Variety of work
4.5

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Jun 2018
Offshore Construction Manager - The Job to challenge you
Reviewer's Qualification
Saturation Diving Supervisor
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Offshore Construction Oil & Gas
The good things
Reports To Operations Manager/General Manager Role: Overall responsibility for the satisfactory execution of the operation, personnel safety, client liaison, vessel deployment where required, logistic...
The challenges
A fast paced environment with constantly changing task developments, safety of personnel is top priority and getting the job done in a timely manner and high standard.
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Jun 2018
Construction projects are unique and challenging
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
construction management
The good things
Construction Managers play a very significant role in developing the world as they are the prime professionals responsible for the planning and execution of the site works for all types of constructio...
The challenges
Focus on time schedule and procurement planning. Know your specifications and be familiar with all method statements. Maintain the required quality control and assurance along with the health, safety ...
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What are the job opportunities for Construction Managers?

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Job opportunities

Construction Manager jobs on SEEK
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Jobs on SEEK right now
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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
9.2%
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Source: LMIP. Construction Managers

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