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Working As A Construction Administrator

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $87,400

    Average Salary

What Does A Construction Administrator Do

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish.

Duties

Construction managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare cost estimates, budgets, and work timetables
  • Interpret and explain contracts and technical information to other professionals
  • Report work progress and budget matters to clients
  • Collaborate with architects, engineers, and other construction specialists
  • Select subcontractors and schedule and coordinate their activities
  • Respond to work delays, emergencies, and other problems
  • Comply with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations

Construction managers, often called general contractors or project managers, coordinate and supervise a wide variety of projects, including the building of all types of public, residential, commercial, and industrial structures, as well as roads, memorials, and bridges. Either a general contractor or a construction manager will oversee the construction phase of a project, although a construction manager may also consult with the client during the design phase to help refine construction plans and control costs.

Construction managers oversee specialized contractors and other personnel. They schedule and coordinate all construction processes so that projects meet design specifications. They ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. Some managers may be responsible for several projects at once—for example, the construction of multiple apartment buildings.  

Construction managers work closely with other building specialists, such as architects, civil engineers, and a variety of trade workers, including stonemasons, electricians, and carpenters. Projects may require specialists in everything from structural steel and painting to landscaping, paving roads, and excavating sites. Depending on the project, construction managers may interact with lawyers and local government officials. For example, when working on city-owned property or municipal buildings, managers sometimes confer with city inspectors to ensure that all regulations are met.

For projects too large to be managed by one person, such as office buildings and industrial complexes, a top-level construction manager hires other construction managers to be in charge of different aspects of the project. For example, each construction manager would oversee a specific phase of the project, such as structural foundation, plumbing, or electrical work, and choose subcontractors to complete it. The top-level construction manager would then collaborate and coordinate with the other construction managers.

To maximize efficiency and productivity, construction managers often perform the tasks of a cost estimator. They use specialized cost-estimating and planning software to allocate time and money in order to complete their projects. Many managers also use software to plan the best way to get materials to the building site.

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How To Become A Construction Administrator

Large construction firms increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. While some individuals with a high school diploma and many years of experience in a construction trade may be hired as construction managers, these individuals are typically qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Education

It is becoming increasingly important for construction managers to have a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering. As construction processes become more complex, employers are placing greater importance on specialized education.

More than 100 colleges and universities offer accredited bachelor’s degree programs in construction science, building science, or construction engineering. These programs include courses in project control and management, design, construction methods and materials, cost estimation, building codes and standards, and contract administration. Courses in mathematics and statistics are also relevant.

More than fifty 2-year colleges offer construction management or construction technology programs. An associate’s degree combined with work experience is typical for managers who supervise smaller projects.  

A few universities offer master’s degree programs in construction management.

Those with a high school diploma and several years of relevant work experience may qualify to become a construction manager, although most are qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Training

New construction managers are typically hired as assistants and work under the guidance of an experienced manager. This training period may last several months to several years, depending on the firm.

Work Experience

If the typical education is not obtained, practical construction experience is important for jobseekers, because it reduces the need for initial on-the-job training. Internships, cooperative education programs, and previous work in the construction industry can provide that experience. Some construction managers become qualified solely through extensive construction experience, spending many years in carpentry, masonry, or other construction specialties.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers. Certification is valuable because it can demonstrate knowledge and experience.

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. It is recommended that applicants for this certification complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

The American Institute of Constructors awards the Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) designations to candidates who meet its requirements and pass the appropriate construction exams.

Some states require licensure for construction managers. For more information, contact your state licensing board.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Most managers plan a project strategy, handle unexpected issues and delays, and solve problems that arise over the course of the project. In addition, many managers use cost-estimating and planning software to determine costs and the materials and time required to complete projects.

Business skills. Construction managers address budget matters and coordinate and supervise workers. Choosing competent staff and establishing good working relationships with them is critical.

Customer-service skills. Construction managers are in constant contact with owners, inspectors, and the public. They must form good working relationships with these people and ensure their needs are met.

Decisionmaking skills. Construction managers choose personnel and subcontractors for specific tasks and jobs. Often, these choices must be made quickly to meet deadlines and budgets.

Initiative. Self-employed construction managers generate their business opportunities and must be proactive in finding new clients. They often market their services and bid on jobs, and they must also learn to perform special home improvement projects, such as installing mosaic glass tiles, sanding wood floors, and insulating homes.

Leadership skills. Managers must effectively delegate tasks to construction workers, subcontractors, and other lower level managers.

Speaking skills. Managers must give clear orders, explain complex information to construction workers and clients, and discuss technical details with other building specialists, such as architects. Self-employed construction managers must get their own projects, so the need to sell their services to potential clients is critical.

Technical skills. Managers must know construction methods and technologies, and must be able to interpret contracts and technical drawings.

Time-management skills. Construction managers must meet deadlines. They ensure that construction phases are completed on time so that the next phase can begin as scheduled. For instance, a building’s foundation cannot be constructed until the land is completely excavated.

Writing skills. Construction managers must write proposals, plans, and budgets, as well as document the progress of the work for clients and others involved in the building process.

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Construction Administrator Career Paths

Construction Administrator
Director Of Facilities President Of Operations Estimator Project Manager
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Administrator Business Analyst Senior Project Manager
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Carpenter
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Contracts Administrator Project Manager Construction Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Marketing Director Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Production Manager Estimator
Estimating Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Assistant Project Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Regional Director Safety Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Estimator Project Superintendent
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities Assistant Superintendent General Foreman
Piping Superintendent
7 Yearsyrs
Contracts Administrator Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Manager Plant Manager Facilities Manager
Regional Facilities Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Administrator Operations Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Director General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Construction Manager
Vice President Of Construction
10 Yearsyrs
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Construction Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

54.2%

Female

43.1%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

80.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.9%

German

8.6%

French

8.6%

Nepali

2.9%

Ukrainian

2.9%

Dakota

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Construction Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.0%

Arizona State University

8.0%

University of Arizona

7.0%

University of Florida

6.0%

Clemson University

6.0%

Michigan State University

5.0%

Auburn University

5.0%

Florida State University

5.0%

University of Cincinnati

4.0%

University of Toledo

4.0%

George Washington University

4.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

Boston Architectural College

4.0%

Orange Coast College

4.0%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

4.0%

Kent State University

4.0%

Howard University

4.0%

Purdue University

4.0%

University of Denver

4.0%

Louisiana Tech University

4.0%
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Majors

Architecture

25.3%

Business

22.9%

Construction Management

10.4%

Accounting

3.7%

Civil Engineering

3.5%

Project Management

3.3%

Drafting And Design

3.1%

Management

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Education

2.2%

Legal Support Services

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Construction Engineering Technologies

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Computer Science

2.0%

Real Estate

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

General Studies

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.0%

Other

25.5%

Masters

12.1%

Associate

10.3%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Real Construction Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Construction Administrator Custom Associates, Inc. New York, NY Aug 17, 2015 $57,500
Construction Administrator Tetra Tech, Inc. Tulsa, OK Mar 04, 2013 $48,318
Construction Administrator Tetra Tech, Inc. Weslaco, TX Apr 03, 2012 $47,122
Construction Administrator Tetra Tech, Inc. San Antonio, TX Feb 15, 2012 $45,750

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Top Skills for A Construction Administrator

ConstructionContractsRFISubmittalsConstructionAdministrationServicesArchitecturalDrawingsProjectConstructionConstructionDocumentsSafetyShopDrawingsPayApplicationsProjectManagementConsultantsEducationalFacilitiesOwnersPurchaseOrdersCADContractDocumentsNewConstructionCustomerServiceAIA

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Top Construction Administrator Skills

  1. Construction Contracts
  2. RFI
  3. Submittals
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Directed administration of construction contracts.
  • Maintain RFI/Submittal/Transmittal information on projects.
  • Review product data submittals for every product that will be used in a project.
  • United States Provider of residential architectural design and construction administration services.
  • Coordinated engineering consultant s drawings and specifications with architectural drawings and specifications.

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