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Working As A Survey Project Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $92,030

    Average Salary

What Does A Survey Project Manager 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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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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Survey Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

86.9%

Female

10.1%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

10.0%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.2%

Arabic

11.8%

Indonesian

5.9%

Hakka

5.9%

Chinese

5.9%

Malay

5.9%

Persian

5.9%

Cantonese

5.9%

Dakota

5.9%

Polish

5.9%
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Survey Project Manager Education

Schools

Ferris State University

9.2%

University of Wyoming

9.2%

Michigan Technological University

7.7%

Ohio University -

6.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.6%

Oregon State University

4.6%

Delaware Technical and Community College

4.6%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.6%

Indian River State College

4.6%

University of New Haven

4.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.6%

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico-Orlando

4.6%

Middle Georgia College

4.6%

University of Phoenix

4.6%

Southern Polytechnic State University

4.6%

Virginia Military Institute

4.6%

University of Southern Maine

3.1%

University of Nevada - Reno

3.1%

Salt Lake Community College

3.1%

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Surveying, Mapping, And Hydraulic Technologies

19.8%

Civil Engineering

13.7%

Business

9.3%

Engineering

8.9%

Natural Resources Management

7.3%

Civil Engineering Technologies

5.6%

Surveying Engineering

4.8%

Geography

3.6%

Drafting And Design

3.2%

Education

2.8%

Project Management

2.8%

Geology

2.8%

Engineering Technology

2.4%

General Studies

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Forestry

2.0%

Law

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.3%

Other

31.5%

Associate

16.4%

Masters

11.4%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.3%
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Real Survey Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Land Surveyor Project Manager Calvada Surveying, Inc. Corona, CA Jan 27, 2015 $117,146
Building Survey Project Manager D.A. Pope, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 29, 2011 $100,000
Project Surveyor Subsea 7 (Us) LLC Houston, TX Sep 18, 2012 $98,259 -
$104,000
Project Surveyor Sandis, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 31, 2014 $65,219
Project Surveyor American Surveying & Mapping, Inc. Orlando, FL Jun 01, 2012 $58,206
Project Surveyor Sandis, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 31, 2011 $57,580
Survey Research Project Manager Varsityplaza LLC Chicago, IL Mar 25, 2013 $56,175
Project Surveyor Auerbach Engineering Corporation Sunnyside-Tahoe City, CA Feb 16, 2010 $50,710
Survey Research Project Manager Varsityplaza LLC Miami, FL Mar 01, 2011 $50,000
Survey Director Web (SDW) Project Manager Lightspeed Online Research, Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Jan 01, 2010 $48,900
Survey Director Web Project Manager Lightspeed Online Research, Inc. Austin, TX Jan 01, 2010 $48,900
Project Surveyor Bowyer-Singleton & Associates, Inc. Ocala, FL Feb 01, 2012 $48,800
Project Surveyor Bowyer-Singleton & Associates, Inc. Ocala, FL Feb 01, 2012 $48,360
Survey Project Manager TNS Custom Research, Inc. Lake Zurich, IL Sep 15, 2010 $48,000
Project Surveyor M. Cohen & Sons Inc. Broomall, PA Aug 24, 2015 $45,000

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Top Skills for A Survey Project Manager

  1. Boundary Surveys
  2. Construction Layout
  3. GPS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed boundary surveys, topographic surveys and GPS control for aerial mapping, digital orthography and LiDAR scanning.
  • Analyzed and prepared data for use in construction layout surveys.
  • Prepared strip maps for Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's location and relocation surveys from conventional and GPS survey data.
  • Prepared legal descriptions and supervised the preparation of exhibits utilized in RMP's right-of-way acquisition process.
  • Developed highly detailed as built drawings utilizing AutoCAD.

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