Construction managers (CMs) plan, coordinate, budget and supervise construction projects from development through to completion. To be successful, they must understand the basic science that underlies the engineering design of the project, and to that add the business aspects of hiring and managing the production works and logistics of materials acquisition.
What is construction management compared to engineering? Unlike engineering skills which are highly specialized, the construction manager’s knowledge base must include a working knowledge of all the disciplines one encounters in a construction project such as civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.
In terms of the working environment, what is construction management all about? Construction management is like a team sport such as football, where the construction manager is the quarterback. The work is primarily out of doors, with some office work associated with planning, but on the construction site there are a lot of moving parts that need constant attention, control and on-the-spot adjustments to keep the work flowing in an efficient manner toward timely completion.
Construction managers are involved in a wide variety of projects such as roads, bridges, commercial buildings, shopping centers and residential homes. Frequently they even serve as consultants to developers and builders on construction related issues.
Graduates from Florida Tech enter the industry with the expertise they need to perform these duties, no matter the type of career path they choose. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are projected to remain solid through 2022, as population and business growth spur construction of new residences, office buildings, retail stores, medical facilities and schools.
The expectation is for green building techniques, new standards for the conservation of materials and energy efficiency to continue to influence the way structures are built. Construction managers will need to incorporate these methods into projects that involve retrofitting old buildings as well as erecting new structures under these guidelines. As construction processes and building technology becomes more complex with the use of robotics and ever more sophisticated technologies, the demand for environmental protections, new regulations, project coordination, oversight and understanding will all be part of the specialized expertise demanded of a construction manager.
Professional construction managers can pursue professional accreditation in several ways.