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Construction managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a construction company or a construction department within a company, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. They are employed by residential, commercial and industrial construction companies and by construction departments of companies outside the construction industry.
commercial construction manager, construction manager, construction superintendent, general contractor, housing construction manager, industrial construction manager, pipeline construction manager, project manager, construction, residential construction manager.
- Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate construction projects from start to finish according to schedule, specifications and budget
- Prepare and submit construction project budget estimates
- Plan and prepare construction schedules and milestones and monitor progress against established schedules
- Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors
- Develop and implement quality control programs
- Represent company on matters such as business services and union contracts negotiation
- Prepare progress reports and issue progress schedules to clients
- Direct the purchase of building materials and land acquisitions
- Hire and supervise the activities of subcontractors and subordinate staff.
Outlook & Prospects for Construction Managers in Halifax Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Construction Managers finding employment are considered to be good in the local area. Construction did well in 2010 and there are a number of major projects currently underway that are expected to offer good opportunities over the next few years. The construction industry has been involved in large projects such as the $42 million Canada Games Centre, the 19-storey Trillium condominium project, as well as numerous projects linked to government stimulus money - to name a few. There are also a number of multimillion dollar projects underway such as King's Wharf and the first stage of the Bedford West housing and commercial development, and CMHC expects residential construction to experience moderate growth in 2011.
Those with several years' experience in the construction industry, knowledge of advances in building techniques/materials, and new building standards will have the best prospects. There is a limited number of experienced people available, which has resulted in some businesses training people on the job for this occupation. There are high levels of self-employment within this occupation and a lot of work in this field is project-based. According to an industry source, more than one-third of its workers will retire in the next three to five years due to an aging workforce, which may cause shortage issues.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Construction Managers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Construction Managers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Armco Capital Inc. expects to begin work on a subdivision near McCabe Lake in Middle Sackville in May 2013
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., 2013 will be slower than the last two years for multi-residential housing starts in Halifax, but historically will remain above average
Week of Feb 25 – Mar 01, 2013
- Construction on the third and fourth buildings of the massive King’s Wharf project in Dartmouth will start in the spring of 2013
Week of Jan 14 – Jan 18, 2013
- Whimsical Lake Developments has begun construction on the first of two buildings of a high-end apartment complex on Sackville Drive in Lower Sackville
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