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Construction Manager

Every construction project needs a general contractor to oversee the entire process. A water sector agency’s construction manager works as its general contractor for projects such as a new office building or a pipeline or reservoir. The construction manager must:

  • review building plans with civil, environmental, structural, and electrical engineers;
  • understand environmental and safety requirements;
  • oversee the schedule and budget for the work, as well as hiring and supervising the employees;
  • schedule the flow of work for subcontractors (electricians, for example, cannot work until walls are built);
  • make sure the work of subcontractors (such as earth movers, carpenters, masons, electrician, and plumbers) is high quality and agrees with the terms of the contract.

Education: On-the-job training; two- or four-year degree in the building trades
Certificates, licenses: No
Entry-level opportunities: Yes (Trade experience is a plus)
Desirable traits and skills: Able to manage complex and multiple tasks; enjoy working outdoor; able to manage people; good with math and budgets

For more information:
Associated Builders and Contractors
4250 N. Fairfax Drive, 9th Floor
Arlington, VA 22203-1607

Construction Management Association of America
7918 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 540
McLean, VA 22102