Construction careers are many and diverse, it offers both skilled and unskilled workers with a variety of jobs depending on their available ability. However, one of the more important construction career is that of management, and for those interested in becoming one, all one needs is a couple of extra qualifications which may be easily acquired by all. It’s a plum position that is rewarding in terms of career growth and income. Interestingly, managerial positions are not as liked by all as it appears to be, with some people intentionally avoiding such career and its responsibilities. If one believes that he can make the cut, then here are some of the responsibilities associated with this line of constriction work they should be prepare themselves for:
The Duties and Responsibilities of a Management Position:
• Tracking and monitoring of all the employees. This includes ensuring that they have all the necessary equipment for the work and safety and that they are performing their tasks satisfactorily, if not excellently. One can say that being a Construction Manager is like being a babysitter, and in this case, it might just be true.
• Negotiating with possible clients project contracts, and making sure that the flow of projects is continuous by ensuring another project after the current one is completed. If this is not done, then all workers, including him, will not be receiving any salary until the construction manager acquires another project.
• Ensuring that the project meets the allotted deadline. If the project is financed by a bank, the bank monitors the progress of the work and will not release any funds for the payroll unless the project reaches a certain level of progress. Managers bear the weight of this responsibility, and making sure that all workers are paid on time is their responsibility
• Managing payroll is another duty for Construction Managers. Thus, to keep track of all finances, a ledger will have to be maintained or a computer program that will allow the manager to monitor the employee’s salaries. Also, if the construction manager needs to do pay cuts, they need to settle the ensuing dispute by being transparent with the available financial records.
Being a Manager is a challenging career, it’s not the easiest work around, but one cannot deny the rewards. To be a Construction Manager, one has to be strong and dedicated to the job, which sometimes requires one to work long after everyone else has went home. They need to be charismatic and good with people particularly when convincing potential clients, they have to remember that there are other construction companies vying for the same client, and whether or not they land the project will depend on how well they convince the potential client.
Construction Managers are also salesmen, they need to sell their skills and services and should be able to provide the client with good reasons to sign the project with them, this is done by offering something that other construction companies do not. Also, the Construction Manager needs to guarantee the quality of work, the project needs to be sturdy, strong, able to last for a long time, and able to tolerate most weather conditions, and pass state inspections.