Featured Career of the Week: Construction Project Manager

As everyone knows, or no doubt has heard, jobs in Canada’s booming construction and skilled trades sectors are in high demand. They are also well paid. So, we’ve decided to highlight different career choices that are not only highly in demand right now, but are also engaging and satisfying work.

 

We will do this on a weekly basis with the intention of helping people find fulfilling, high paying jobs. In each segment, we will discuss general work duties, pay range, and education requirements (see our trades school page to find resources there).

Good luck! We hope this helps you in your job search.

We’ll kick this segment off with one of the most in-demand and high paying careers the construction and building sector — Construction Project Manager.

General Description

The Project Manager of a job site — also called General Contractor, Construction Project Coordinator, Construction Site Manager, Construction Project Superintendent, Construction Superintendent or simply Project Manager — is tasked with the responsibility of seeing the project through to completion. Often for large job sites, Junior Project Managers will be in charge of a specific component of the build, and report to a Senior Project Managers.

The Project Manager is typically involved in almost every aspect of the build in a day-to-day management capacity, and are the “boots on the ground” for high level management that sees the project through to completion. This means that not only is the Project Manager responsible for the projects’ completion, they are also responsible for the safety of the crews, budget considerations and the legal requirements in the given area.

 

Some of the key components of a project are budgeting, logistics and personnel requirements, and the success of a build is largely dependent on the Project Manager making sure these components are running efficiently and effectively.

As well as directly managing skilled trades people, the Project Manager often works with Architects, Designers, Engineers, and any other professional who plays a role in the development of the building.

This position is suited for people who can delegate, keep people motivated and working effectively, and manage the inevitable issues that arise from managing complex projects with many unforeseeable variables. The Project Manager needs to be calm and logical under pressure, as well as a great communicator and team leader.

Pay Range

In Canada, the average salary for a Construction Project Manager is $92,140 per year or $47 per hour. Senior Project Managers with lots of experience managing large projects can make more than $129,000.

Education

Being a highly complex role, the Project Manager position requires a university degree in Civil Engineering or a college diploma in construction technology (or equivalent). Pay will increase as workers accumulate on the job training and skills. Some quality project management related programs/courses are:

UBC: Project and Construction Management (Department of Civil Engineering )

Algonquin College: Construction Project Management (College Graduate Certificate)

Centennial College: Construction Management

Interested in a career in Construction Project Management? Find recent openings here

How to Create an Effective Job Post in Construction, Project Management or Engineering.

Qualified skilled applicants are hard to come by these days. To attract the right people to your job openings, you need to differentiate yourself from all the rest by writing a job posting that makes people want to work for you.

Here are some tips to make your listing stand out:

  1. Be descriptive.

When people go on to your post, they want to know what is involved in the job, what specifically they will be working on and what the expectations of a successful applicant looks like. Don’t skimp on the details, as it looks unprofessional and will drive people away.

Things to include: what a typical work day looks like, what the benefits of working there are and maybe even some reviews and feedback from current employees in similar positions. Again, people want to know what they’re getting into.

Qualified applicants will have many choices when it comes to employment, so this is an opportunity to differentiate the position and company. Always include more detail than less.

2. Include all qualifications and location constraints

This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised about how many people do not include all qualifications necessary and any locational restrictions that might apply.

Be sure to include all of these, as it is a pain when applicants find out that they do not qualify as a result of misinformation on a job post. It also makes your job as an employer increasingly difficult when you get a flood of applicants that do not meet the specific criteria of the job.

Save yourself the trouble and be clear on what qualifications/certificates/training is necessary to successful hiring

3. Include something about company culture and mission

On Work in Trades, we have a specific section where companies can fill out company information/goals and mission statement. Make sure to include this information. Again, this is the place to convince applicants that your company is where they should work.

Things to mention: That your company is an equal opportunity employer, that you offer perks of benefits, if you strive for a healthy and safe work environment or are certified in safety conditions requirements for a state/province. All of that good stuff that are no brainers for quality company management, be sure to include.

If you really want to hire quality employees in this sector, especially a career that requires years of experience, you will have to offer something that other companies won’t. Give your potential new hire a reason to come to a potentially new province or part of the country in order to work for you.

Are you in a unique location that offers a number of amenities or activities? Mention that. Are you in a location that has cheaper housing? Definitely include that.

Also, at Work in Trades we have a “highlight your job” section where you can differentiate yourself from the crowd by highlighting your job in yellow! This has been proven effective for bringing more traffic to your posts.

And there you have it! With these tips more people will be attracted to your post, and you will have better success in your hiring process!

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