What they do
ICT (Information and Communications Technology) project managers plan, organise, direct and coordinate quality ICT projects. They are responsible for developing timelines, setting budgets and assigning tasks within information technology or telecommunications projects. They work closely with team members and clients to ensure the right equipment and personnel are available to complete project tasks. Within the ICT industry, project goals may include selection and installation of ICT resources, network management, programming and user training. In Western Australia, ICT project managers work in the public and private sector organisations across a broad range of industries.
ICT project managers mostly work in an office environment and give presentations and attend meetings. They usually work business hours but may work longer hours at busy times during the project. They often travel to visit organisations or business locations that are involved in the project they are managing. In Western Australia, ICT project managers generally work in major metropolitan areas.
Tools and technologies
ICT project managers use computers, and data and project management software to assist in functions such as planning, scheduling and management of the different aspects of the project. They need to be familiar with various forms of IT and telecommunications hardware, and may use projectors and other audio-visual equipment when giving presentations.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become an ICT project manager, you usually need to study a degree in computer science or information technology. Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Most ICT project managers will generally have worked for a number of years in other ICT roles before transitioning to a project manager role, which may focus on managing ICT projects within their specific areas of speciality.
They may be required to complete further studies in project management. Depending on the organisation they work for, they may also be required to learn a specific project management methodology or framework.