The work of a Construction Manager in a project – Know what he/she does

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The work of a Construction Manager in a project – Know what he/she does
What does a construction manager do? In many infrastructural engineering project, engineers and architects thinks they are the only key persons needed. But while you might be thinking about engineers and architects as the key personnel behind infrastructure engineering construction, there’s also one important person you must not overlook or ignore. It’s the construction managers.

Who are exactly these personnel does? Continue below, and we’ll let you know.

1. The head of the site when engineers aren’t around

To simply make it clear and short about the function or work of construction managers, they are the leader next to engineers and architects, they are the boss in the site when engineers are not around. They are the ones who are in charge and work directly with other engineers and architects. So, their function and work cannot be underestimated. In their hands lie a very big responsibility. They are the glue that holds everything together, making sure that things will go well on site.
Overall, they must possess all the basic knowledge of the construction and should be able to initiate talking to their people. They have a very important leadership role in ensuring that great relationships are maintained on the construction site.
A poor, bad or absent of a construction manager can mess up infrastructural construction. Absent of a construction manager can cause delay in delivery of construction works.

2. Manages all the activity on the site

Construction managers have a tremendous amount of responsibility and tasks to look after. It isn’t just about the technical aspect. In addition to being fully proficient at the technical stuff and blueprint details, they should be a person that construction workers can turn to in case there is a problem at the site.

Among the activities that they must keep track of is making sure that safety and cleanliness are maintained. They need to make sure that all the hazards are carefully eliminated. They should also be instrumental in keeping the deadlines followed. They are a necessary component for any construction from start to end.

3. Ensures and oversees that the job is done

Infrastructural construction managers just as already mentioned before, they keep track of daily progress and ensure all the time that it’s met. Building and other civil engineering construction is highly demanding and challenging. An expensive cost is associated with a given time.

Construction managers are the main weapon for ensuring that day-to-day goals are achieved and work programs are been followed. They are charged with the responsibility of monitoring other aspects of the site.

In a construction project, many things are going on in the different areas of the construction site. A construction manager should be able to oversee and monitor all this by prudently managing his time effectively.

4. Takes good care of the people involved in the construction

One of the key roles of an infrastructural construction manager is to become a frontrunner or say leader. A leader takes good care of his people. His subordinates are the construction workers who make the building happen. He takes good care of these workers, ensuring that they are paid well and that their safety is maintained. He is also responsible for feeding them and making sure that they are in their best condition to get the job done. These professionals are the mediator between the main bosses and the construction personnel’s.

5. Provides an immediate solution to unexpected challenges or problem

Construction managers are always faced with unexpected tasks, when those unexpected issue arises for any reason – such as either it’s because of the delayed delivery or accident – construction managers are the first people to go to. They are in charge of things such as these. They should have the necessary connections to find a remedy or to get a specific update on when the delivery will happen and ask for compensation from the suppliers. Hence, they must also have good negotiation and communication skills. They should be both a mediator and a negotiator, depending on what the situation calls for.

6. Have technical knowledge of the construction

As a construction manager, he/she should have a good technical knowledge. In addition to earlier skills mentioned, one can’t neglect that infrastructural construction managers should have the right technical knowledge. They can’t find themselves on site not having full knowledge of technical construction details as there is so much at stake here. Without being equipped with the right knowledge, they will fail to fulfill their role. So, they must have pre-existing knowledge about construction and know the science behind it.

7. He / She be skilled at reading contracts

A construction manager should be a contract specialist. He / she should be able to read and understand contract. He should be very good in contract management. They should be aware of all the deals about the purchase and that all of them are met at a given time, they should good at procurement. That’s why they must know how to read and look at contracts. They are required to be familiar with the terms and conditions of a contract. They are responsible for making all the parties informed, from the suppliers, construction workers, and owners.

These are some of the major function and responsibility of a construction manager in a project.
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