This article was written exclusively for ForConstructionPros by small business loan provider Balboa Capital.
As a construction business owner, you know that your construction project manager can greatly affect the success of your business. You want to work with someone who has an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry as well as strong leadership and decision-making skills. Additionally, having experience dealing with finances and budget management can help to save time and enable projects to be completed on time and on budget. The project manager will need to know what types of construction equipment to acquire and how much to spend on different aspects of the project. Successful construction project managers must be able to coordinate and oversee an entire project from start to finish, while taking the appropriate precautions to minimize risks in the field and maintain the team’s safety.
Successful construction project managers should have a wide variety of skills and experience to help them to lead a team and oversee various projects. For starters, a good educational background can prepare them for the construction industry. Common types of degrees that are pursued include architecture, building sciences, construction management and engineering. This provides the foundation for a future career path in the construction industry and provides a good understanding of the theoretical ideas of construction practices.
To be successful in the industry, a construction project manager also needs the right experience.
There is no substitute for work experience in the field. Construction project managers combine their educational background with real-world knowledge to oversee their teams and carry out projects. When at a construction site, project managers will be exposed to situations that they may not learn about in classrooms, and being able to make decisions and react in a timely manner will help them excel.
With today’s technology, computers and construction-specific software are constantly used to assist and expedite many different construction projects. Knowing how to correctly use software can significantly cut costs and help to keep the team – and project – on schedule. In order to fully take advantage of your software’s capabilities, the project manager should be experienced and knowledgeable enough to thoroughly train his or her team members. Great construction project managers will support the team wherever they can and help its members to succeed by using all the tools at hand.
Managing a project and a full team of diverse individuals is not an easy task, but those who prepare accordingly and take the appropriate actions know that doing so will significantly increase the chances of success on a project.