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What does a Project Manager do?

Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.

What are the Main Tasks of a Project Manager?

  • Schedule the project in logical steps and budget time required to meet deadlines.
  • Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters, such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.
  • Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.
  • Interpret and explain plans and contract terms to administrative staff, workers, and clients, representing the owner or developer.
  • Plan, organize, or direct activities concerned with the construction or maintenance of structures, facilities, or systems.
  • Take actions to deal with the results of delays, bad weather, or emergencies at construction site.
  • Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, or other regulations.
  • Study job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.
  • Select, contract, and oversee workers who complete specific pieces of the project, such as painting or plumbing.
  • Obtain all necessary permits and licenses.
  • Direct and supervise workers.
  • Develop or implement quality control programs.
  • Investigate damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites, to ensure that proper procedures are being carried out.
  • Determine labor requirements for dispatching workers to construction sites.
  • Evaluate construction methods and determine cost-effectiveness of plans, using computers.
  • Requisition supplies or materials to complete construction projects.
  • Direct acquisition of land for construction projects.
  • Apply green building strategies to reduce energy costs or minimize carbon output or other sources of harm to the environment.
  • Develop construction budgets that compare green and non-green construction alternatives in terms of short-term costs, long-term costs, or environmental impacts.
  • Develop or implement environmental protection programs.
  • Implement training programs on environmentally responsible building topics to update employee skills and knowledge.
  • Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Perform or contract others to perform prebuilding assessments, such as conceptual cost estimating, rough order of magnitude estimating, feasibility, or energy efficiency, environmental, and sustainability assessments.
  • Procure Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) or other environmentally certified professionals to ensure responsible design and building activities or to achieve favorable LEED ratings for building projects.
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