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Working As A Construction Coordinator

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $77,707

    Average Salary

What Does A Construction Coordinator 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 Coordinator

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 Coordinator Career Paths

Construction Coordinator
Estimator Project Manager Construction Administrator Project Architect
Assistant Construction Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Construction Supervisor Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Supervisor Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Construction & Project Coordinator Project Coordinator Construction Manager
Director Construction Services
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager General Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Assistant Project Manager
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Inspector Field Engineer Assistant Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Construction Inspector Engineer Architect
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
On Site Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Estimator Project Manager Production Supervisor General Foreman
Piping Superintendent
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Property Manager General Contractor
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
General Superintendent Engineer Civil Engineer
Public Works Director
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Project Manager Construction Manager
Regional Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Operations Manager Property Manager
Regional Property Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager General Manager Facilities Manager
Senior Facilities Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Operations Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Construction Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

61.8%

Female

36.8%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.7%

French

6.9%

Chinese

3.4%

German

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Swedish

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Polish

1.7%
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Construction Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.2%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

7.2%

Arizona State University

5.8%

Texas A&M University

5.8%

Florida State University

5.1%

Ashford University

4.3%

Glendale Community College

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

Louisiana Tech University

4.3%

Oklahoma State University

4.3%

University of Arizona

4.3%

Auburn University

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

Lamar University

3.6%

San Diego State University

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.6%
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Majors

Business

29.7%

Construction Management

8.5%

Civil Engineering

6.1%

Management

6.0%

Project Management

5.1%

Accounting

5.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

General Studies

3.6%

Education

3.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Architecture

3.2%

Engineering

2.9%

Drafting And Design

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.6%

Real Estate

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Computer Science

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Finance

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.6%

Other

31.8%

Associate

14.3%

Masters

10.2%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Construction Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
EIC Construction/Commissioning Coordinator Haile Gold Mine, Inc. Kershaw, SC Oct 09, 2016 $135,200 -
$198,300
Construction Coordinator Manager CB&I Inc. The Woodlands, TX Mar 01, 2014 $130,000 -
$150,000
Construction Coordinator Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 11, 2015 $125,208 -
$166,800
Virtual Design Construct Coordinator Schuff International, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 14, 2016 $95,000
Virtual Design Construct Coordinator Schuff International, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 28, 2015 $95,000
Pre-Construction Coordinator I Granite Construction, Inc. Santa Paula, CA Aug 22, 2016 $93,808
Construction Coordinator M+W Zander U.S. Operations, Inc. Malta, NY Oct 01, 2009 $92,000
Coordinator of Construction Management Services Rapid City Area School District 51/4 Rapid City, SD Jul 01, 2014 $77,922
Construction Coordinator Broughton Construction LLC Washington, DC Aug 17, 2014 $71,501
Construction Coordinator L.S. Interior Design Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 23, 2009 $68,746
Construction Coordinator L.S. Interior Design Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2009 $68,746
Construction Coordinator Broughton Construction LLC Washington, DC Sep 24, 2012 $66,534
Construction Coordinator Boxer Property Dallas, TX Mar 26, 2008 $65,000
Construction Coordinator West Village GC LLC New York, NY Sep 09, 2014 $63,000
Integrated Construction Coordinator II M. A. Mortenson Company Chandler, AZ Jul 15, 2016 $62,400 -
$93,600
Integrated Construction Coordinator M. A. Mortenson Company Chandler, AZ Jul 15, 2013 $62,400 -
$93,600
Construction Coordinator CHC Property Management, Inc. Inglewood, CA Aug 14, 2014 $60,502
Construction Coordinator Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 21, 2013 $58,092 -
$67,776
Design and Construction Coordinator Tishman Speyer Properties, L.P. Chicago, IL Sep 02, 2015 $57,000
Construction Coordinator Knife River-South Waco, TX Jun 05, 2008 $56,650
Construction Coordinator Trinity Infrastructure, LLC Dallas, TX Sep 05, 2015 $56,014

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  1. Construction Contracts
  2. Safety
  3. Purchase
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  • Supervised the bidding and negotiation of local construction contracts.
  • Assist in administering on-site Risk Management programs and serves as on-site Safety Representative when necessary.
  • Negotiated pricing and purchased material for complete construction of apartment communities.
  • Attend site by site meetings and client meetings with project managers to discuss project scope, filing dates and deadlines.
  • Coordinated capacity upgrade projects with piping contractor on several facility services lacking adequate supply.

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