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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.

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?

The most common salary  for a Construction Manager is greater than $200k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

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.

Explore construction management qualifications

Find a qualification in construction that meets your needs and level of experience.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Reporting
  • Project management
  • Engineering
  • Thoroughness
  • Self motivation

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Time management
  • People management
  • Project management
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Team work
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Construction Managers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 36 Construction Managers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Anthony Joseph Romeo. B.Sc. (Architecture)
Experience
10+ years
The good things
The good thing about being a Construction Manager is being able to work closely with clients as well as working on a diverse number of projects.
The challenges
Challenges are working to meet deadlines and working on ground breaking projects.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
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 ...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
muddapolu subramanyam
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
manager construction
The good things
very responsible
The challenges
alway challenge
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
GCE 'O' level
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Engineering management
The good things
I have been involved with plant design most of my career, moving to construction management was totally fulfilling. The employees, planning, for overall control one has to be multi-talented, and a lea...
The challenges
Time restraints, logistics, people management and a excellent knowledge of the project and its design issues
5 out of 5Jun 2018
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.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert 3 in Horticulture
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Landscape Manager
The good things
i love my work that i do
The challenges
other staff
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV Project Management
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Electrical infrastructure
The good things
Daily challanges resolving all sorts of issues from constructabiliy, productivity, compliance and commercial solutions.
The challenges
Performing a project safely, with quality work, on time, within budget and managing customer expectations
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Honors construction management
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Health care client side
The challenges
Yes
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Mechnical
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Steel structure
The good things
Require to have an eye for detail
The challenges
Able to understand drawing by visualising in mind & understand building terms & requirements
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Mechanical engineer diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
ALL FACETS
The good things
Every day has different challenges to overcome across technical, financial, safety, people. You meet and make new friends across different locations across the nation and across a diversity of culture...
The challenges
Challenges abound from every facet of a project or construction site life cycle - no two are ever the same. The challenge is a personal one to overcome the issues which make a challenge. Management of...
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What are the job opportunities for Construction Managers?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Construction Manager jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK

Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
13.3%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Construction Managers
Latest Construction Manager jobs on SEEK
Port of Townsville
Northern QLD
construction, manager, port, channel, project
Private Advertiser
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Estimating/quoting, work schedules, supervising crews, and providing excellent service to customers, take calls, make calls etc. Suit "Can-Do" person.
Kollins Pty Ltd
Melbourne > Eastern Suburbs
Exciting opportunity for an experienced Construction Manager to oversee and coordinate our construction team across 15 residential sites!
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Crest Personnel Pty Ltd
Perth > CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs
Project Manager | Design and Construct | Head Contractor | SMP | NPI | Perth | Resources |
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