Career Story: Production Manager For Construction Projects

Production Manager For Construction Projects

Job Title: Production Manager For Construction Projects

Education: Certified Computer Technician, Computer Learning Center, Paramus, N.J.

Previous Experience: I worked for another pool comapny as an Assistant Manager of Production for two years, and Production Manager for a H.V.A.C. company in N.J.

Job Tasks: Our company remodels swimming pools as well as yards, driveways and various home projects. Our actual base office that I work out of is mostly in charge of the swimming pool remodeling aspect but we will also call in other areas of our company if a customer wants us to handle a home repair like new windows or adding an addition.

I am in charge of making sure all projects are scheduled properly that includes the correct subcontractor as well as the correct beginning and ending dates. I must make sure that each subcontractor is available for the days after one another ends so that there is a continual flow of work going on and no days where a customer does not have anyone working on their project.

I order all materials for projects and I do competitive pricing. Competitive pricing means I call several different suppliers and I get the lowest possible price for each piece of material.

I will also research environmental friendly equipment and products for customers who are interested, I keep all of this information up to date and current with all of the changes and new products that come out.These types of things change constantly and we like to keep ourselves educated on what is current and what is actually the best of the options to go with, this way we can pass that knowladge on to our customers.

Several of my other duties include administrative tasks. I run the company's e-mail, put together mailing lists, schedule sales and repair appointments, check if customers need permits for projects they are interested in, file, type letters, put together project cost projection reports as well as many other clerical type duties.

Job Tips:
1. Keep an up to date list of your sub-contractors as well as suppliers.

2. Subscribe to manufactures e-mail lists so that information is sent to you as soon as it is available to the public.

3. Keep a large calender posted in your area so that you can visually track who is doing what when and find out how long it will take them to do their project this way you keep work flowing at a site.

4. Do not get upset when a customer calls complaining or yelling if you keep calm it will have a calming affect on any irate customer.

5. Remember people have to listen more closely to someone who speaks softly than to someone that yells.

Additional Thoughts: You have to like to work with busy, hectic conditions. If you are the type who is easily offended or gets upset when people complain then this is not an area for you. Construction is a very male dominated field so a sense of humor is an excellent quality as well as having a strong personality, because if someone else finds you can be taken advantage of then they will all follow suit.

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