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Working As A Director Of Construction

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $163,362

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Construction 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 Director Of Construction

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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Average Length of Employment
Chief Of Staff 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Owner 4.0%
President 2.9%
Manager 2.1%
Top Employers After
Owner 4.9%
President 3.8%
Principal 3.3%
Consultant 3.1%
Director 2.9%

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Director Of Construction Demographics

Gender

Male

89.7%

Female

8.1%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.7%

Italian

14.8%

French

11.1%

German

5.6%

Chinese

3.7%

Romanian

3.7%

Portuguese

1.9%

Bulgarian

1.9%

Hawaiian

1.9%

Turkish

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Venetian

1.9%

Persian

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Navajo

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%
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Director Of Construction Education

Schools

Arizona State University

8.0%

University of Southern California

7.3%

Michigan State University

6.7%

Texas Tech University

6.0%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

Clemson University

6.0%

New York University

5.3%

Villanova University

5.3%

Auburn University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Cornell University

4.7%

University of Florida

4.7%

Purdue University

4.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.7%

Drexel University

4.7%

Syracuse University

3.3%

University of South Florida

3.3%

Ferris State University

3.3%

George Washington University

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

23.6%

Construction Management

13.0%

Civil Engineering

10.2%

Architecture

9.3%

Project Management

5.3%

Finance

4.4%

Engineering

4.1%

Real Estate

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Management

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.8%

Property Management

2.8%

Accounting

2.5%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Communication

1.8%

Architectural Engineering

1.8%

Law

1.8%

General Studies

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Construction Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Other

25.3%

Masters

20.0%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.5%
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Real Director Of Construction Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Construction Anbau Enterprises Inc. New York, NY Dec 16, 2015 $350,000
Construction Director Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC Aug 01, 2015 $350,000
Construction Director BP America Inc. Houston, TX Dec 01, 2014 $316,365
Construction Director BP America Inc. Houston, TX Dec 01, 2011 $315,000 -
$330,000
Director of Construction Caithness Corporation Berwick, PA Sep 23, 2016 $250,000
Director of Construction Caithness Corporation Berwick, PA Dec 15, 2015 $250,000
Construction Director Competentia Us Inc. Houston, TX Jul 09, 2016 $200,000
Construction Director Tradeco Infrastructure, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Aug 26, 2014 $189,816
Director, Land & Construction Portfolio Doral Money, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2013 $180,294
Director, Land & Construction Portfolio Doral Money, Inc. New York, NY Aug 06, 2013 $180,294
Construction Director Southern Cross Group USA LLC Austin, TX Aug 13, 2009 $175,000
Director of Real Estate, Design & Construction PLA-Fit Franchise, LLC Newington, NH Dec 09, 2013 $170,000
Director of Commissioning and Construction Danieli Corporation Cranberry, PA Oct 10, 2011 $162,200
Director of International Construction Management Praxair, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 29, 2014 $156,691
Director of Construction Technology Hess Construction + Engineering, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Sep 03, 2015 $155,000
Construction Director-Projects (Engineer) Jordan Cove LNG, LLC Houston, TX Feb 02, 2015 $151,154 -
$285,000
Director, New Construction Power-Sales Control Components Inc. Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Sep 01, 2009 $150,000
Director, Construction Retail Group of America, LLC New York, NY Sep 04, 2014 $145,000
Director of International Construction Management Praxair, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 29, 2011 $142,425
Director of International Construction Management Praxair, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 27, 2011 $135,000
Director of Construction TL Fab, LP Anaheim, CA Aug 05, 2013 $132,000
Construction Director Morrison USA, LLC Miami, FL Sep 09, 2016 $130,390
Director of Construction Technology Hess Construction + Engineering Services, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Oct 09, 2014 $130,000
Director of Construction Technology Hess Construction + Engineering Services, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Sep 03, 2012 $125,000
Construction Director Fore Group Inc. Farmington, CT Apr 03, 2016 $121,992
Director of Construction Operations Contracting Consulting Engineering, LLC Annapolis, MD May 24, 2010 $120,000

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  1. Project Budget
  2. Contractors
  3. Architects
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  • Established and monitored project budgets.
  • Request annual bids from all materials and subcontractors vendors for their services paying attention to include minority-led organizations.
  • Managed general contractors, outside architects, internal project and purchasing managers.
  • Provide auditing oversight of contractor and associated subcontractors performing new construction work scope.
  • Develop corporate safety plans, objective and corrective actions to ensure highly effective, results-oriented plans and implementations.

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