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Construction organizations and projects of all kinds need managers to help ensure that processes are running smoothly and according to plan. Construction managers are responsible for leading teams of construction workers, scheduling, developing policies, monitoring budgets, and much more. They are important as both developers and enforcers of construction processes.

Employers look for construction managers who are excellent leaders, planners, and problem-solvers. Construction managers must have the ability to both give and receive constructive criticism. Read below to find out some of the most in-demand skills for managers.

What Are Construction Manager Resume Skills?


Some of the most important hard skills a construction manager can possess include prior experience with construction projects, ample experience with project management, and experience developing construction documents. It's important that construction managers have these skills because they will likely be major parts of the job. Construction managers will also need hard skills such as ensuring compliance with OSHA and building codes.

When it comes to soft skills, construction managers should be focused on providing excellent customer service while still attending to the needs and concerns of their staff. Construction managers may need to deal with a fair amount of conflict and cooperation, so conflict resolution skills are also a plus.

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a construction manager. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of construction manager resumes they appeared on. For example, 20.1% of construction manager resumes contained construction projects as a skill. Let's find out what skills a construction manager actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

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The six most common skills found on Construction Manager resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Construction Projects

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A construction project is an organized process of constructing, redeveloping, renovating, or otherwise improving a building, or structure. The project phase begins usually as a broad criterion that is then made with the help of a brief, feasibility analysis, funding, and planning. The majority of construction projects are one-time jobs.

Here's how Construction Projects is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Participated in the conceptual development of construction projects, purchased building materials & oversaw its organization, scheduling, & implementation.
  • Managed construction projects and provided technical supervision in planning and implementation of authority's program for new and renovated construction.
  • Managed and inspected engineering/architectural construction projects at Tampa International, Tampa Executive, Peter O. Knight and Plant City Airports.
  • Tasked with providing company with quality management of remodeling, restructuring, and other various construction projects.
  • Direct actual work operations including estimating material and labor costs for a variety of construction projects.
  • Directed and coordinated all aspects of company-assigned construction projects, from competitive bid process through completion.
  • Supervised construction projects including renovations of the Headquarters Building and Small Business Incubator Center Building.
  • Manage all aspects of construction projects for a Red Deer development and property management company
  • Oversee and directly perform extensive site preparation activities for major industrial construction projects.
  • Directed facility improvements and new construction projects from initial studies through project completion.
  • Coordinated construction projects and supervised volunteer crews in various locations throughout Springfield.
  • Purchased and scheduled delivery of all materials for completion of construction projects.
  • Performed contact project management and administration of engineering design build construction projects.
  • Project Management Experience * Managed numerous county and state municipal construction projects.
  • Project Management: Managed construction projects from permit acquisition to completion.
  • Project management of commercial construction projects for a small General Contractor.
  • Led Management Teams towards developing and managing commercial construction projects.
  • Established direct relationships with sub-contractors used in new construction projects.
  • Managed investor group residential construction projects as Project Manager.
  • Managed construction of large scale commercial construction projects nationwide.

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2. Project Management

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Here's how Project Management is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Provided complete contract project management and consulting services from design, estimating, business plan, proposal development through project delivery/completion.
  • Implemented project management procedures for all projects including labor and equipment utilization, procurement, planning, scheduling and quality control/assurance.
  • Provided leadership for project management team through implementation of policies and procedures facilitating control of the construction process by project managers.
  • Provided both Project Management and Construction Coordination for Murphy projects reporting directly to the Murphy Operations Manager on a daily basis.
  • Provided oversight and project management for home building subdivision and have provided construction management for home building and remodeling projects.
  • Project management, resident engineering, and supervision of highway, street, and sanitary sewer reconstruction and rehabilitation projects.
  • Project management of new theater construction and existing theater renovation nationwide; development of theater energy management system.
  • Administered and supervised project management for municipal natural gas pipeline capital improvement projects up to 4 million dollars.
  • Researched and applied Naval Facilities Engineering Command Business System management processes to ensure effective and consistent project management.
  • Developed business providing construction project management services to other real estate development firms as well as tenant/owners.
  • Orchestrate construction project management for multiple capital expenditure projects from front-end engineering through final construction and commissioning.
  • Fulfilled Procurement Manager Position in short notice, while performing project management duties efficiently and effectively.
  • Field Supervision and Project Management of numerous network plant enhancements for underground and aerial Broadband Network.
  • Started Construction/Project Management division to provide comprehensive consulting services to both existing and new clients.
  • Performed construction project management services for design/build of retail and commercial interior build-outs and renovations.
  • Negotiated and established expectations for vendor performed project management, reporting, and communications.
  • Provided project management services to provide a finished turnkey system matched with vendor requirements.
  • Work in those departments included on-site Project Management, Construction Management and Construction Administration.
  • Provided leadership and direction to all aspects of construction management and/or project management.
  • Accepted project management responsibilities beyond normal work load to swiftly execute shelved projects.

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3. Customer Service

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Customer service is the process of offering assistance to all the current and potential customers -- answering questions, fixing problems, and providing excellent service. The main goal of customer service is to build a strong relationship with the customers so that they keep coming back for more business.

Here's how Customer Service is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Initiated customer service philosophy to proactively address customer and general contractor concerns through timely responses and face to face meetings.
  • Led the challenge of successfully facilitating completion of all customer service demands on existing homes to customer satisfaction.
  • Managed Customer Service/Warranty issues on previously sold homes throughout the company, which included eight different subdivisions.
  • Provided customer service to buyers of renovated manufactured homes with service/repair items in need of remediation.
  • Established a reputation for quality workmanship maintaining superior levels of craftsmanship and providing excellent customer service.
  • Managed warehouse/support functions, progressed to Customer Service Technician, then promoted to field construction responsibilities.
  • Integrated Customer Service and Production Departments, implementing new tracking and communication forms to streamline processes.
  • Established, and maintain high customer satisfaction through constant communication, and providing outstanding customer service.
  • Scheduled construction; negotiated with subcontractors; directed construction superintendents; managed customer service staff.
  • Scheduled and supervised customer service projects from demolition phase through construction to production launch.
  • Assigned to special projects with accountability over scheduling, purchasing materials, customer service.
  • Assisted in opening/closing and managing weekend operations, store personnel and customer service.
  • Provided elevated customer service directly to home/pool buyers throughout the entire building process.
  • Managed Construction Schedule, Quality Control, including Homeowner Orientation and Customer Service.
  • Focused on customer service insuring tenant retention and future leasing results.
  • Provided quality customer service and conflict resolution with homeowners as needed.
  • Recognized by homeowners for excellent customer service during construction of homes.
  • Hired and mentored crafts-persons to deliver superior quality and customer service.
  • Managed customer service team and homeowner emergency response support for community.
  • Managed multiple projects including customer service training/certification of 70+ bilingual personnel.

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4. Construction Activities

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Here's how Construction Activities is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Prepared evaluated contract progress reports, noted work progress and miscellaneous problems and documented information in the construction inspection record.
  • Managed and monitored construction activities for conformance to design documents, including architect, engineering and design built documents.
  • Conduct construction site visits, including construction inspections to ensure conformance to design specifications, and evaluate contractor performance.
  • Inspected various construction activities and materials for quality assurance and compliance to project plans and specifications.
  • Identified costs and process contract variations; monitored and compared construction activities against overall project plan.
  • Developed Execution Plans, Material Requisitions, Isolation Procedures and Risk Mitigation Plans for construction activities.
  • Monitor and assess construction performance and record construction activities to ensure compliance with construction documents.
  • Coordinated all construction activities, established budgets, building schedules, material management and quality control
  • Perform construction inspections that involve difficult and complex functions for a variety of construction operations.
  • Coordinated with contractor to prevent conflicts between school and construction activities at fully operational facilities.
  • Monitor contractual commitments, construction activities, contaminated /hazardous material management and safety management.
  • Facilitate construction activities by Initiating and maintaining liaisons with client/owners and architectural engineers.
  • Directed the overall planning of construction activities, identify critical milestones and priorities.
  • Supervised all construction activities and personnel including installation, inspections, and commissioning.
  • Prepare periodic reports summarizing progress of construction activities for higher-level management and clients.
  • Plan, coordinate and/or supervise construction activities of all superintendents on assigned projects.
  • Stabilized and expanded the department in preparation of expected UST compliance construction activities.
  • Managed site construction activities, to include scheduling and coordinating Iraqi subcontractors.
  • Coordinated Construction activities with all project personnel and clients' residence representatives.
  • Coordinate construction activities for direct contract contractors/vendors with GC construction schedule.

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5. Osha

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Osha stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration that is a large regulatory agency based in the USA. This agency was created in 1971 and its basic aim is to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women. Osha had the authority of doing surprise visits to inspect and examine the working conditions in workplaces. They have been successful in reducing injury rates and improving worker conditions.

Here's how Osha is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Conducted daily site inspections for excavation slope stability and risk assessment of other construction-related hazards to evaluate and ensure OSHA compliance.
  • Implemented and maintained construction safety regulations according to OSHA requirements, and ensured environmental protection regulatory compliance with engineering standards.
  • Maintained safe work environment by following and enforcing standards and procedures according to company policy or OSHA regulations.
  • Developed and implemented an OSHA safety training program; subsequently monitored and enforced regulations on all construction projects.
  • Monitored compliance with contract and OSHA safety requirements to assure claims avoidance and complete contract closure documentation.
  • Implemented Safety and OSHA regulations continuously held safety meetings, job specific safely records and incident reporting.
  • Monitor project safety; insure performance of construction operations according to OSHA regulations.
  • Supervised implementation of OSHA guidelines to bring company into compliance with Federal standards.
  • Monitor subdivision environmental quality according to appropriate OSHA and state-level regulations.
  • Administered OSHA safety training meetings for subcontractors and co-workers monthly.
  • Coordinated project activities with military and ensured OSHA compliance.
  • Established and maintained safety program following OSHA guidelines.
  • Inspected equipment and electrical wiring following OSHA guidelines.
  • Enforced OSHA standards utilizing weekly subcontractor meetings.
  • Enforced OSHA standards/Company standards and regulations.
  • Maintained community OSHA and safety requirements.
  • Performed field inspections to ensure work was completed in accordance with the plans, specifications, building code and OSHA requirements.
  • Review compliance with OSHA, ADA, NEPA, State and Federal regulations, building codes and Army energy Conservation program.
  • Review and approve progress billings, change orders and project schedule and overview of safety procedures and compliance with OSHA requirements.
  • Visit each site several times during the build and perform safety checks (per OSHA and Company regulations) during builds.

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6. Facility

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A facility is a location where different operations take place. For example, military and athletic events take place in military and sports facilities. In a nuclear test facility, physicists focus on nuclear research. We can use the word to refer to structures, buildings, and resources that individuals offer for a specific function. Shopping facilities, for instance, are locations where we can purchase goods. Medical facilities may refer to either medical devices or a physical structure. A facility can be used to describe an installation or any other building which is a location where something can be done. It can also be an example of a commercial or administrative building such as a resort, school, office facility, sports stadium, or convention center.

Here's how Facility is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Managed specialized semiconductor manufacturing facility construction project.
  • Supervised Construction on three sequential projects involving over 600 individual pieces of manufacturing equipment in new 1,300,000 SF semiconductor manufacturing facility.
  • Coordinated environmental remediation site facility maintenance activities and aided with Job Safety Analysis (ISA) development for non-routine construction-related activities.
  • Project Highlights: Design/Build interior renovation of an existing 20,000sf warehouse into an engineering manufacturing design facility for electrical materials.
  • Manage site facility improvement projects for capital equipment procurement, building construction and demolition, purchased services and preventative maintenance.
  • Assigned as Project Manager for renovation of the Cedar Grove Mental Health Facility with overall responsibility for project completion.
  • Coordinate grand opening of the facility with Operations Department upon completion of all final inspections, and occupancy certification.
  • Performed root cause analysis of system failures to decrease manufacturing down time for all facility and safety monitoring systems.
  • Provided additional contractor construction activity oversight and inspection at the City of Tempe's South Water Treatment Facility.
  • Provided a collaborative organizational approach to understanding the facility needs by conducting monthly meetings with the Facility Supervisors.
  • Delivered $3M remodel of Department of Labor facility ahead of schedule and below budgetary allocations.
  • Conducted oversight of contracted work while ensuring strict facility maintenance standards and minimizing disruption of services.
  • Coordinate transition of building operation from general contractor to District upon acceptance of a facility.
  • Enhanced energy efficiency for 80K square-foot facility by analyzing data to accurately optimize lighting infrastructure.
  • Managed CAD drafting teams supporting civil, mechanical, and architectural engineer facility development projects.
  • Produce as-built for Albany Medical Center Co-generating energy facility including piping /utilities for the facility.
  • Developed and implemented strategic and tactical facility programs, including development of office space standards.
  • Worked efficiently with Facilities, Security, Facility Managers and General Contractors on site.
  • Conducted training demonstrations of the facility operation, safety, and security control systems.
  • Completed projects with Bechtel include the following: Cafeteria addition Emergency response facility renovation.

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7. Construction Documents

high Demand

Construction documents are defined as the design and blueprints of a construction site based on the construction contract provided by the hiring party. They are both in graphic form and written form, as part of the protocol for the project design.

Here's how Construction Documents is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Provide recommendations regarding the construction documents and make recommendations where design details adversely affect construction, costs or schedules.
  • Developed and documented complete legal construction documents for associated work with customer projects including negotiation and project financing.
  • Developed and coordinated the development of construction documents and building specifications after approval for project was obtained.
  • Designed and prepared construction documents and specifications for convalescent care facilities, hospitality facilities, and residents.
  • Analyzed construction documents to ensure proper construction methods, details and materials were used per required specifications.
  • Managed projected consultants and coordinated construction documents for mechanical, plumbing, electrical and structural drawings.
  • Possess a working knowledge of civil engineering terminology and fundamentals in interpreting specifications and construction documents.
  • Developed and led design build team in conversion of preliminary design documents to complete construction documents.
  • Reviewed design prepared construction documents, evaluated bids, and negotiated contracts to optimize budgets.
  • Perform all Construction Administration duties as required to include coordination of all construction documents.
  • Monitored the general contractor performance for progress relative to the construction documents.
  • Reviewed survey drawings and construction documents to ensure accuracy for design development.
  • Review construction documents and specifications assuring that systems meet all project requirements.
  • Contract and manage international architects from design concept through construction documents.
  • Ensured that contractors followed the specifications detailed in the construction documents.
  • Coordinated design team and internal end-users in development of construction documents.
  • Evaluated blueprints and construction documents for discrepancies and value engineering ideas.
  • Communicated the design intent of construction documents with architects and subcontractors.
  • Reviewed construction documents and specifications to identify cost effective design alternatives.
  • Designed and prepared construction documents for residential and commercial building projects.

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8. Oversight

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Having oversight of someone means to monitor a process or a situation. If someone has oversight of something, they are responsible for the completion of the project. Oversight is usually given to experts as they monitor their juniors or newbies as they go through a project.

Here's how Oversight is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Manage third party contractors, including safety oversight, controlled inspection and environmental design specification compliance, and also direct consultants.
  • Performed contract management, construction scheduling, subcontractor coordination, client relations, quality assurance and safety policy oversight and enforcement.
  • General responsibilities included quality assurance oversight of construction activities, and daily oversight of general contractor, sub-contractors and government representatives.
  • Managed 100's of telecommunications installation projects, from design, coatings inspection and construction oversight as municipalities Third Party inspectors.
  • Managed third party contractors including safety oversight, environmental design specification compliance, and similar construction specifications and requirements.
  • Coordinated planning and oversight of several Industrial construction projects from concept to completion for a variety of operational structures.
  • Provide oversight of quality assurance and budget performance, strategically allocating appropriated funds to meet program needs.
  • Provided oversight and administration of construction contracts for electric utility projects from proposal stage through project close-out.
  • Provided oversight and direction for management of construction and design improvements for a restaurant and retail operation.
  • Project Manager who had oversight and supervision of residential and commercial remodeling and new construction projects.
  • Provide requirement analysis, planning, design intent development, stakeholder representation, and acquisition/implementation oversight.
  • Key duties involved construction project activities oversight, civil, structural and mechanical construction installations inspection.
  • Provided oversight in daily staff functions for planning and implementation of Safe Shutdown related electrical modifications.
  • Provided general contractor oversight during construction of groundwater treatment system and the soil vapor extraction.
  • Facilitated bid preparation, project budgets, scheduling and managed oversight of superintendents and subcontractors.
  • Supervised and performed cleaning, interior/exterior painting, and provided oversight of janitorial service contractors.
  • Ensured the training and oversight of thirty individual technicians performing various integration tasks were achieved.
  • Completed oversight of all production aspects for residential subdivision and training/ managing of incoming superintendents.
  • Provided programmatic oversight for a team of architects, general contractors and procurement specialists.
  • Perform construction management oversight activities through direct application of skills and coaching of others.

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9. General Contractors

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A general contractor is a person who has the job of overseeing a construction project after a contract has been signed between the property owner and the contractor. A general contractor is also called a direct contractor and provides all of the labor, material, equipment like tools, and transport. Most of the time, a general contractor also hires multiple subcontractors to do all or different parts of the construction work.

Here's how General Contractors is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Monitor progress and quality of construction by periodically visiting store construction sites and providing functional expertise and counsel to General Contractors.
  • Construct weekly project meetings with Consultants, General Contractors and Subcontractors to relate and coordinate proper communication regarding the construction projects.
  • Project analysis including scope of work, negotiating bids/contracts, mechanical/technical process, scheduling general contractors and coordinating vendors.
  • Coordinate installation specifications and plans review with architects, General Contractors, Fire Marshals and other Authorities Having Jurisdiction.
  • Developed renovation documents for permitting and coordinated renovation requirements for existing retail stores with client preferred General Contractors.
  • Recommended solutions to developers and general contractors to streamline processes and achieve desired results, exceeding company expectations.
  • Coordinated site acquisition managers, zoning managers, vendors, engineering consultants, general contractors and subcontractors.
  • Managed store design/site adaptation, signage and equipment ordering/tracking, contract negotiation and supervision of General Contractors.
  • Managed work project teams including Facilities Services, general contractors and consultant responsible for developing project scope.
  • Key role in identifying, interviewing and selecting qualified general contractors, refrigeration consultants, and architects.
  • Located and contracted with General Contractors and Suppliers to complete build out of Telecommunication Projects.
  • Retrieve and organize quarterly safety reports from General Contractors and input the information for reporting.
  • Worked with developers to build project teams, including architectural, environmental and general contractors.
  • Self-employed provide construction managed service to land developers, General Contractors, hotels and commercial retail
  • Developed and maintained relationships with general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and specified manufacturers.
  • Hired and cultivated Architectural & Engineering Consultants and General Contractors throughout the five-state region.
  • Developed and maintained a trusting relationship with architects, general contractors and city inspectors.
  • Coordinated installation of rooftop equipment, power upgrades and leadership of general contractors.
  • Collaborated with other departments in addition to architects, designers and general contractors.
  • Review construction completion package internally and issue corrections requirements to our general contractors.

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10. Contract Documents

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Here's how Contract Documents is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Coordinate all construction activities with contractors and monitor activities of contractors to ensure compliance with specifications, schedule and contract documents.
  • Directed construction projects and field engineering, including analysis of contract documents and coordination of subcontractors throughout cost proposal submission process.
  • Prepared and negotiated change orders, construction change directives, supplemental instructions, non-conformance notices and other contract documentation required.
  • Assist the owner in obtaining information regarding applicable requirements for equal employment opportunity programs for inclusion in the contract documents.
  • Conducted project site visits to assure quality, productivity and communication confirming design intent and contract documents were being achieved.
  • Perform administrative duties during project start-up such as establishing contractor controls and coordinating completion of construction use contract documents.
  • Complete and review contract documents to insure all contractually required information complies with project specific requirements.
  • Monitor contractor and subcontractor performance to standards and compliance with contract documents and applicable regulations.
  • Prepare subcontractor statements of work and finalize contract documents as well as modifications.
  • Collected & communicated required documentation w/subcontractors to facilitate payment using AIA Contract documents.
  • Verify that completed assignments by suppliers/contractors are in compliance with Contract Documents.
  • Perform quality assurance and safety inspections to ensure compliance with contract documents.
  • Will develop and implement procedures to process and administer contract documentation.
  • Prepared contract documents for solicitation and maintained over site of construction.
  • Review contract documents for accuracy and conformance to construction standards.
  • Distributed and maintained control of contract documents and addenda.
  • Monitor and check project compliance to contract documents/ specifications.
  • Process monthly payment to contractor and supporting contract documentation.
  • Draft and administer complex project and contract documentation.
  • Review contract documents including working drawings and specifications.

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11. Real Estate

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Real estate is land that has buildings on it. This kind of property consists of permanent improvements either natural or man-made, which include, houses, fences, bridges, water trees, and minerals. There are 4 types of real estate namely; residential real estate, commercial real estate, industrial real estate, and vacant land.

Here's how Real Estate is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Co-founded MarkeTrend as a real estate and relocation services company that evolved into an investment focused real estate and construction company.
  • Sourced and identified high-potential real estate, negotiated purchase agreements, and led rapid transformations maximizing ROI and increasing valuations.
  • Provide third party developers and owner with representation Construction Management for Residential Real Estate projects over 300 units.
  • Launched and developed construction services business which eventually exceeded real estate operations in revenues and net income.
  • Transitioned from Commercial Banking to Commercial Real Estate after managing disposition of family-owned commercial/residential real estate portfolio.
  • Provided design, construction management, building evaluations and inspections, and real estate sub-division development.
  • Participated in development of new on-line management tool incorporating construction, real estate and budgeting functions.
  • Provided space analysis, including financial analysis reports providing data supporting strategic real estate decisions.
  • Coordinated projects internally/externally; architects and real estate, government agencies, engineers and developers.
  • Managed real estate due diligence efforts, identified and obtained municipal approvals and entitlements.
  • Coordinated project development and progress with maintenance, real estate and environmental managers.
  • Interfaced with internal departments including real estate sales, finance and executive management.
  • Negotiated annual contracts with several property management companies and real estate investors.
  • Provided project construction management services for a national real estate developer.
  • Worked with Real Estate and reviewed lease/purchase contracts for development/contract requirements.
  • Prepared development budgets and conducted cost analyses for real estate development.
  • General construction of commercial and residential real estate.
  • Identified new real estate development through township investigation.
  • Established baseline methodology for Real Estate Business.
  • Coordinated with regulatory agencies and real estate.

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12. Quality Standards

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Quality standards are a specific level of standards of products that are set by the companies for the customers that have to be met and maintained throughout the process until the time of delivery. Quality standards are information that includes the customer's requirements, guidelines, and characteristics for the needed final product or service.

Here's how Quality Standards is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Educated general contractor personnel on quality standards throughout the construction process to ensure maximum productivity and quality of work performed.
  • Mentored quality training for project staff and subcontractors required to participate to ensure achievement of exceptional quality standards.
  • Required minimum supervision delivering service in safe and efficient manner while exceeding quality standards.
  • Facilitate outstanding quality standards through guidance of personnel and experience of construction processes.
  • Recruited, hired and supervised construction laborers and craftsman in achieving quality standards.
  • Conducted quality assurance reviews and quality standards Inspection upon completion of homes.
  • Developed / executes reporting strategy for project while maintaining quality standards.
  • Aligned and enforced quality standards and communicated said items to sub-contractors.
  • Conducted quality assurance and quality standards inspections for every home.
  • Worked closely with designers and instituted rigorous quality standards.
  • Maintained production levels and quality standards.
  • Directed a staff of four to 12; scheduled and coordinated projects, enforced quality standards, and met deadlines.
  • Conduct weekly OAC meetings and bi-weekly site visits to ensure all construction administration, scheduling and quality standards are achieved.
  • Managed all aspects of new home construction process in accordance with Company guidelines, established building codes and quality standards.
  • Ensured all contractor work was completed within quality standards, on schedule and within budget before release of payments.
  • Planned, estimated, budgeted, organized, and supervised construction activities to meet quality standards and closing deadlines.
  • Managed all aspects of residential home building process from lot clear to closing according to established quality standards.
  • Interfaced with staff and subcontractors to ensure adherence to specifications, design, schedule, and quality standards.
  • Manage and inspect the quality of the job performed by subcontractors and hold them accountable to quality standards.
  • Foster good subcontractor working relationships and evaluate job performance in accordance with quality standards and scope of work.

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13. Ensure Compliance

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Ensure compliance means that all the standards that have been set are being maintained. Making sure that all the policies are being followed also assists in ensuring compliance.

Here's how Ensure Compliance is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Managed all sub-contractor proposals and closely monitored and managed schedules to ensure compliance and budget requirements were met.
  • Interpreted blue print drawings to ensure compliance with specifications, construction regulations and company quality guidelines
  • Conduct rigorous and regular quality control inspections to ensure compliance with VA project specifications.
  • Reviewed architectural and engineering drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with project goals.
  • Review deviations from plans and specifications to ensure compliance with project specifications.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with all lease and tenant improvement reimbursement requirements.
  • Conducted quality inspections to ensure compliance with company standards and customer satisfaction.
  • Project documentation to ensure compliance with local, state and federal codes/regulations.
  • Schedule and supervise tasks and ensure compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements.
  • Reviewed existing loan packages to maintain compliance with proposed regulatory standards.
  • Supervised subcontractor performance to ensure compliance with codes and contract specifications.
  • Monitored specifications to ensure compliance of maintenance and repairs to facilities.
  • Verify invoices match work performed to ensure compliance with contractual specifications.
  • Supervised/inspected/conducted quality assurance programs to ensure compliance to required qualities.
  • Provided construction observation services as required to ensure compliance.
  • Initiate procurement and ensure compliance with contract requirements.
  • Review construction case files regularly to ensure program compliance and provide guidance and feedback to the Program Manager to ensure compliance.
  • Reviewed and approved client contracts and supply agreements to ensure compliance with project schedules and terms while mitigating overall project risk.
  • Maintain compliance with OSHA standards and regulations, monitor and repair potential site risks, and ensure overall project safety.
  • Resolve day-to-day problems on the job site and inspected all work during construction to ensure compliance with plans and specifications.

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14. Building Codes

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A building code is a requirement or standard for construction purposes. These codes will serve as the model and set of rules to obtain and approve before starting a project. The goal of this standard is to ensure the safety and protection of both the clients and workers. it is usually related to structures and buildings.

Here's how Building Codes is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Fortified quality assurance by conducting inspections and ensuring adherence to internally and externally mandated requirements for building codes and production quality.
  • Conduct construction inspections to ensure conformance to design specifications and building codes.
  • Obtained permits, building codes, elevation determinations and construction requirements.
  • Ensured compliance with engineering specifications and local building codes.
  • Job duties; Manage all new construction projects to meet specs of contracts, budget, city and state building codes.
  • Maintained an up-to-date knowledge of all related building codes, safety, fire, energy, environmental laws and licensing organizations.
  • Verified by inspection that products offered to the developer complied with contractual requirements and city building codes before they were accepted.
  • Controlled critical path scheduling, delivery of materials, quality of construction, worker productivity and compliance with safety building codes.
  • Scheduled, inspected, evaluated, and reviewed New Home construction process; met and maintained construction standards and building codes.
  • Inspected work in progress to ensure that the work was developed according to building codes, specifications, and schedules.
  • Prepared design calculations and perform reviews on standards to ensure Building codes have been applied according to contract specifications.
  • Prevented 3 Million in cash flow deficits by analyzing specifications, contracts, work orders, and building codes.
  • Inspected each community for ADA compliance, safety and liability issues, building codes upgrades, and capital improvements.
  • Worked closely with City Officials, Inspectors to insure all building codes were met and to the highest standards.
  • Build in compliance with applicable Building Codes and utilizing green building methods conforming to LEED and Energy Star specifications.
  • Complied with building codes for the town and made sure all electrical work was done with proper voltage.
  • Interacted with local building officials to affirm that houses were being constructed to local building codes and regulations.
  • Scheduled inspections with various city and county authorities, insuring all building codes were met and permits received.
  • Tracked craft performance for safety, schedule, deadlines, and budget; complied with all building codes.
  • Monitored surroundings to ensure safety of employees, products, building codes, budget, and quality control.

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15. Safety Standards

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Here's how Safety Standards is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Implemented and monitored strict quality safety standards, fostering a culture committed to performing in accordance with government and corporate regulations.
  • Manage project budgeting efforts and resource identification to ensure strict compliance with budget guidelines and quality/safety standards.
  • Chaired weekly coordination meetings and administered site safety instruction in accordance with OSHA site safety standards.
  • Communicate safety standards to laborers and sub-contractors; enforced safety regulations on all job sites.
  • Ensured contractor compliance with construction specifications, safety standards and environmental regulations.
  • Initiated department in-services to maintain quality and life safety standards.
  • Coordinated and implemented bidding, construction and safety standards procedures.
  • Insured all safety standards and Job safety analysis implemented.
  • Implement safety standards with company safety programs.
  • Ensured that Safety Standards were successfully socialized.
  • Collaborated with the Project Manager to review scope of work, project drawings, safety standards, budgets, and schedules.
  • Headed team that was recognized for highest quality score in company history and for achieving higher safety standards than industry standard.
  • Performed and documented all observations, inspections and tests necessary to assure adherence to site safety standards and applicable F.D.A.
  • Managed all phases of construction project with full obligation of completing construction on time while maintaining quality and safety standards.
  • Inspected completed installations for conformance with design, equipment specifications, FCC guidelines, Electrical guidelines, and safety standards.
  • Enforce corporate and project specific safety & health programs as well as federal, state, and local safety standards.
  • Oversee all aspects of projects with full responsibility for completing construction on time while maintaining quality and safety standards.
  • Scheduled the timely completion of 15 homes under construction, ensuring our quality and safety standards were met.
  • Maintained strict safety standards and produced quality, productivity, safety, and training for the entire entity.
  • Verify adherence to construction plans, budgets, schedules, safety standards, and legal / regulatory requirements.

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16. Construction Sites

average Demand

A piece of land where constructional activities are to be conducted is termed as a construction site.

Here's how Construction Sites is used in Construction Manager jobs:
  • Visited construction sites weekly to review quality of installations and provided appropriate guidance based on construction plans and client requirements.
  • Surveyed construction sites to develop accurate material balance calculations critical to accurate proposal development and profitability of the projects.
  • Approved all primary site selections for designated construction sites, ordering the necessary materials for sub-contractors.
  • Facilitated smooth execution of projects by attending regular progress meetings with clients and visiting construction sites.
  • Determined labor requirements, managed staffing and dispatched workers to municipal and federal construction sites.
  • Supervised, scheduled, directed, and dispatched subcontractors/laborers to appropriate construction sites.
  • Directed and supervised workers on multiple construction sites to ensure project met specifications.
  • Manage and supervise rebuilding multiple construction sites of flood damaged homes from Hurricane Katrina
  • Acted primarily as project manager and/or supervisor on environmental remediation construction sites.
  • Provide determination of labor requirements and dispatch workers to construction sites.
  • Managed and coordinated contractors and subcontractor crews at construction sites.
  • Visit construction sites regularly to ensure project objectives are achieved.
  • Determine labor requirements for dispatching workers to construction sites.
  • Managed multiple construction sites simultaneously monitoring progress and budget.
  • Administered construction sites and associated activities for market.
  • Reckoned resource requirement for construction sites.
  • Determine labor requirements for construction sites.
  • Directed construction sites and management of employees
  • Promoted and monitored Zero Incident Culture (Incident & Injury Free (IIF)) work environment at all construction sites.
  • Managed construction activities; visiting construction sites and inspecting during various phases to ensure schedule, codes and quality were met.

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What type of skills will young graduates need when they enter the workforce in the coming years?

Steve Nellis

President / CEO, American Council for Construction Education

The primary skills that new graduates from ACCE programs will have are different for each level of degree that they complete. For an Associate Degree, here are the skills (we call them Student Learning Outcomes, or SLO) that they will possess:

1. Apply effective communication, both orally and in writing.
1. Apply quantity takeoff skills for bidding or budgeting purposes on a construction project.
2. Apply the aptitude to schedule a basic construction project.
3. Apply current technology related to the construction industry.
4. Apply the interpretation of construction documents (contracts, specifications, and drawings) used in managing a construction project.
5. Apply basic principles of construction accounting.
6. Apply basic surveying techniques used in building layout.
7. Understand basic principles of ethics in the construction industry.
8. Understand the fundamentals of contracts, codes, and regulations that govern a construction project.
9. Understand basic construction methods and materials.
10. Understand basic safety hazards on a construction site and standard prevention measures.
11. Understand the basic principles of structural design.
12. Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
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Online Courses For Construction Managers

One of the best ways to acquire the skills needed to be a construction manager is to take an online course. We've identified some online courses from Udemy and Coursera that will help you advance in your career. Since construction managers benefit from having skills like construction projects, project management, and customer service, we found courses that will help you improve these skills.

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Construction Management
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The Construction Management specialization is curated for professionals in the construction and civil engineering industry looking to advance their careers. Through this specialization, students will gain comprehensive industry knowledge along with the latest trends and development within the industry. This 5-course specialization will cover the major facets of construction management including project initiation and planning, scheduling techniques and procedures, cost estimating and control, an...

Construction Contracts and Law (CB 514)
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4.6
(330)

This course provides; A detailed insight into the construction contracts management, as well as the essential characteristics of Biding and its different phases. Principles and basics of construction contracting - Types of construction contracts - contracts documents - project delivery systems - introduction to building and construction law - Legal aspects associated with construction projects - claims...

Construction Project Management
coursera

Construction Project Management introduces you to Project Initiation and Planning. Industry experts join Columbia University professor, Ibrahim Odeh, to give an overview of the construction industry. Professor Odeh teaches the fundamentals of the Project Development Cycle while guest lecturers discuss Lean Project Delivery method and Lean Design Behaviors. Technological advances, such as Building Information Modeling, will be introduced with real world examples of the uses of BIM during the Life...

Construction Cost Estimating and Cost Control
coursera

This course introduces the types of cost estimation from the conceptual design phase through the more detailed design phase of a construction project. In addition, the course highlights the importance of controlling costs and how to monitor project cash flow. Students will work on a break-even analysis of construction tasks in a project...

Projects Cost Management, Estimating, Budgeting and Control.
udemy
4.1
(711)

Learn how to estimate costs for any project, how to determine budget and how to use Earned Value Management tools. 3 PDU...

Project Management Fundamentals II
ed2go

Learn the essential skills that every project manager needs to successfully plan and manage projects...

Construction Site Electrical System Design
udemy
4.4
(364)

Learn how to design a safe, flexible and durable electrical system for any construction site...

Real Estate Asset Management 101
udemy
4.6
(967)

Real Estate Asset Management Training From Acquisition, To Ownership, Through Sale For Profitable Real Estate Investing...

Project Management Fundamentals
ed2go

Gain the skills you'll need to succeed in the fast-growing field of project management...

Primavera P6: Planning & Scheduling Construction Case Study
udemy
4.2
(519)

Master the Primavera P6 software from Scratch with a Complete Planning & Scheduling Construction case study -Primavera...

Project Management Applications
ed2go

Learn how to maximize your project's chance of success and become proficient at recruiting and empowering your project's team members...

How a Building is Designed and Built - Part 1 of 6
udemy
4.6
(593)

Building Construction Overview, Site Utilities, Earthwork and Foundation Systems...

High Speed Project Management
ed2go

Learn to deal with the realities of managing projects at supersonic speeds despite truncated timelines, inadequate staffing, and skimpy budgets...

Construction Finance
coursera

The final course of the specialization expands the knowledge of a construction project manager to include an understanding of economics and the mathematics of money, an essential component of every construction project. Topics covered include the time value of money, the definition and calculation of the types of interest rates, and the importance of Cash Flow Diagrams...

Learn Estimating & Cost Control
udemy
4.4
(339)

Develop a good practical understanding of best practice estimating and cost control on building & construction Projects...

Managing Customer Service
ed2go

Become indispensable to any organization by understanding how to identify and meet customer needs...

OSHA Safety Pro: Deadly Concrete Dust. Crystalline Silica.
udemy
4.7
(272)

OSHA's General, Construction, and Maritime Industries Hazard Prevention and Safety Standard...

Basic Skills in Constructive Communication
coursera

Insufficiently developed skills in constructive communication lead to misunderstandings and conflicts between employees and managers. As a result, effectiveness of business processes, project work and the quality of services are reduced. This applies to any team and organization, and in a broad sense - to society as a whole. The course will help to: Improve interaction with people around - increase its effectiveness Learn to formulate and communicate your thoughts and ideas more clearly, be hear...

OSHA Safety Training: Conducting Safety Meetings
udemy
4.5
(348)

A Brief Safety Management Course for Current and Aspiring Safety Professionals...

Project Management: Getting Started and Beyond
udemy
4.5
(1,426)

Real World Project Management: Become a Better Project Manager...

20 Most Common Skill For A Construction Manager

Construction Projects20.1%
Project Management18.2%
Customer Service4.9%
Construction Activities4.6%
Osha4.4%
Facility4.2%
Construction Documents3.5%
Oversight3.3%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Construction Manager

RankascdescSkillascdescPercentage of ResumesPercentageascdesc
1
1
Construction Projects
Construction Projects
20.1%
20.1%
2
2
Project Management
Project Management
18.2%
18.2%
3
3
Customer Service
Customer Service
4.9%
4.9%
4
4
Construction Activities
Construction Activities
4.6%
4.6%
5
5
Osha
Osha
4.4%
4.4%
6
6
Facility
Facility
4.2%
4.2%
7
7
Construction Documents
Construction Documents
3.5%
3.5%
8
8
Oversight
Oversight
3.3%
3.3%
9
9
General Contractors
General Contractors
3.2%
3.2%
10
10
Contract Documents
Contract Documents
3%
3%
11
11
Real Estate
Real Estate
2.8%
2.8%
12
12
Quality Standards
Quality Standards
2.6%
2.6%
13
13
Ensure Compliance
Ensure Compliance
2.1%
2.1%
14
14
Building Codes
Building Codes
1.9%
1.9%
15
15
Safety Standards
Safety Standards
1.6%
1.6%
16
16
Construction Sites
Construction Sites
1.5%
1.5%
17
17
Cost Estimates
Cost Estimates
1.3%
1.3%
18
18
Project Completion
Project Completion
1.2%
1.2%
19
19
Cost Control
Cost Control
1.2%
1.2%
20
20
Punch List
Punch List
1.2%
1.2%
21
21
Safety Rules
Safety Rules
1.1%
1.1%
22
22
Project Budget
Project Budget
1%
1%
23
23
Hvac
Hvac
1%
1%
24
24
Safety Meetings
Safety Meetings
1%
1%
25
25
Value Engineering
Value Engineering
0.9%
0.9%
26
26
Autocad
Autocad
0.8%
0.8%
27
27
Successful Completion
Successful Completion
0.8%
0.8%
28
28
RFI
RFI
0.7%
0.7%
29
29
MEP
MEP
0.6%
0.6%
30
30
Construction Phase
Construction Phase
0.5%
0.5%
31
31
RFP
RFP
0.5%
0.5%
32
32
RF
RF
0.5%
0.5%
33
33
Renovation Projects
Renovation Projects
0.5%
0.5%
34
34
Contract Terms
Contract Terms
0.5%
0.5%
35
35
Timely Completion
Timely Completion
0.4%
0.4%
36
36
Bid Packages
Bid Packages
0.4%
0.4%
37
37
Construction Problems
Construction Problems
0.3%
0.3%
38
38
Code Compliance
Code Compliance
0.3%
0.3%
39
39
Design Professionals
Design Professionals
0.3%
0.3%
40
40
Safety Codes
Safety Codes
0.3%
0.3%
41
41
Contract Negotiations
Contract Negotiations
0.2%
0.2%
42
42
BOM
BOM
0.1%
0.1%
43
43
DAS
DAS
0.1%
0.1%
44
44
Square Feet
Square Feet
0.1%
0.1%
45
45
LTE
LTE
0.1%
0.1%
46
46
Verizon
Verizon
0.1%
0.1%
47
47
Construction Crews
Construction Crews
0.1%
0.1%
48
48
Residential Projects
Residential Projects
0.1%
0.1%
49
49
Ericsson
Ericsson
0%
0%

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