Job Title: Construction Manager
Type of Company: I work for an assisted living center.
Education: High School / certification courses
Previous Experience: I started as a facilities worker, then became a director and am now the construction manager.
Job Tasks: . As construction manager I oversee and direct contractors and construction workers on a daily basis. I also work with architects and engineers during the design phase of our projects. I have been involved with planning and developing construction budgets, as well as obtaining estimates and interviewing potential candidates. Some of our larger projects we hire a general contractor and i act as the clerk of the works. For the smaller projects I directly manage the project myself.
A typical day involves me walking through the work area reviewing the schedule for the day and assessing the impact (if any) the work will have on operations. During the walk-through I am inspecting quality and trying to visualize the finished project to insure consistency with our expectations. Occasionally I will request a meeting if I see a need to change or add or delete anything from the project. The item is discussed with the development team and an action plan is developed.
My paper work responsibilities include developing budgets and schedules, applying for permits as well as other required applications from state and local authorities. I also process invoices and create budget reports.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I am shaping the future of my organization. We are a non-profit organization and our operation is focused on mission and values. "Care of the poor" and "care of the sick" are just a few of our objectives. Some people measure success by how far they climb the corporate ladder or how much money they are able to make and that is what motivates them. I like to think that success is more than just money and possessions; it's how you feel at the end of your work day or work week. And working toward helping people gives me more than just a pay check; it gives me a special feeling.
The only part of my job that's unpleasant is that I sometimes get too busy.
Job Tips: Not having a college education has been a disadvantage for me. I believe that no matter what career you go into the key to making it to the highest level begins with an education. As well as I have done in my career I truly believe I could have had a larger impact had I gone to collage.
Two other very important keys I believe will help someone to be successful: you can never know everything and always learn more, and getting along with co-workers and customers can have a huge impact on your future in your career.
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