Project Manager / Career

Overview of Occupation

Income Bracket: $75,000 – $140,000+

A construction project manager is responsible for coordinating the construction of large Civil projects such as Road Construction; Bridge Construction; Pipe laying Projects; Rail and Airport Projects and large housing developments. They make and interpret plans, supervise and direct people working on the project, control costs and payments and negotiate with building owners and subcontractors. Project Managers may also work as project planners, estimators, project administrators or as technical sales representatives. They sometimes work as civil inspectors, making sure that the construction is going to plan; or as civil site managers on large commercial projects. Some are self-employed as contractors.

Alternative Titles: Project Manager

Education and Training: To become a Project Manager you usually have to complete a diploma in Civil Construction – Certificate V or V1. Entry to the diploma courses usually requires Year 12 schooling and have completed a Certificate 111 in a Civil Construction stream. As subjects can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for full details. You may be able to study through distance education.

Employment Opportunities: Numerous opportunities exist within the Roads and Mining Sectors.

Range of tasks performed in the occupation:

  • Provide skilled assistance to builders and construction managers by interpreting and carrying out directions for planning and organising building projects
  • Interpret building plans, regulations and codes of practice to direct progress of the work, making sure that specifications and regulations are followed, and proper methods and materials are used
  • Calculate costs and estimate completion times to prepare tenders – arrange supplies of material and equipment
  • Draw up detailed programs for site works and the coordination of building workers
  • Record building progress and variations from the design drawings or specifications
  • Negotiate with subcontractors and report to clients and Engineers

Personal Requirements

  • Be able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Be able to analyse and solve problems
  • Be able to work in a team environment
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be able to accept responsibility
  • Work well under pressure
  • Have leadership ability