Construction project manager


Also known as:

  • Building and Construction Manager

What they do

Construction project managers co-ordinate and oversee large construction projects both onsite and in an administrative capacity. They are responsible for ensuring that the construction of hospitals, office buildings, hotels and large housing developments run on time and under budget. Construction project managers also consult with planners and architects to estimate the cost of projects and amounts of materials required, plan the scheduling and construction procedures that will be undertaken, and liaise with subcontractors and building owners. They are also responsible for supervising and directing site managers to ensure that quality, safety and cost standards are all met. Construction project managers work all over the state,overseeing the construction of everything from large high-rise office buildings in Perth's busy CBD to schools and hospitals in our cities and towns.

Working conditions

Construction project managers work mostly in office environments, but may be required to visit the construction sites of the projects they are overseeing. They generally work regular business hours, however they will also be expected to work overtime to meet project deadlines. These workers also need to be able to provide training sessions, workshops and presentations and attend meetings, which may require travel interstate or overseas. Construction project managers can also expect to work in stressful situations.

Tools and technologies

Construction project managers mostly use computers, including data management software. They may also be required to use computer-aided design (CAD) software depending on their role. They are required to be familiar with many of the technologies and building techniques used in the construction industry. They may also use project management software to assist in planning and managing the various aspects of the project or projects they are working on.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a construction project manager, you usually need to gain a qualification in building and construction or construction management. You may improve your employment prospects if you complete a course in project management.

The Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) and the Diploma of Building and Construction (Management) are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. To find a registered provider near you, browse the TAFE Admissions full time studies guide and the My Skills website.

Some universities in Western Australia offer relevant degree courses in construction or project management. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Most construction project managers will generally have worked for a number of years in building and construction positions before progressing to a project manager role. They may be required to complete further studies in project management.

Most employers will require those working in management roles to have experience using leadership skills in a related industry or occupation.

Required registration and licensing

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a “white card”). In Western Australia, training is conducted by registered training organisations authorised by the WorkSafe Division, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

In Western Australia, builders carrying out work valued at more than $20,000 must be registered as, or work under the supervision of, a registered building practitioner. While project management is not included under the definition of ‘building work’ it may improve your employment prospects if you are registered as a building practitioner. Contact the Building Commission Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for more information.

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a “white card”). In Western Australia, training is conducted by registered training organisations authorised by the WorkSafe Division, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

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