On the Management Side

On the Management Side

Schedule, budget and quality—these are the big three in a construction project, and it’s up to management to deliver them while juggling large sums of money, lots of equipment and hundreds, sometimes thousands, of employees.

General Contractors

When a client puts together a building team, many times a general contractor, or GC, is in charge and does the work. GCs sometimes hire and manage trade and specialty contractors. They have to be up to date with all building codes and well versed in what their subcontractors do—including plumbing, electrical systems, cabinetry, flooring, roofing, foundations, landscaping, and framing. GCs may provide project manager or construction manager services as well.

Project Managers

The buck stops here. PMs run the show from beginning of a project until it’s final closeout. They maintain relationships with both the client and any subcontractors needed for a project. Working through team members, the PMs have accountability for the overall success of a project (Cost, Schedule, Quality, Safety, and Customer Satisfaction).
“Construction gives you the ability to be able to solve problems every day and work in a fast-paced environment where you can always do something different. You’ll get to work with great people on great projects that make a difference in our communities.”
Pat O’Hara
Assistant Project Manager, Skanska USA Building

Construction Manager

On the job site, construction managers are in charge. Think of them as supervisors. They coordinate all construction activities and supervise field personnel to ensure that the project is completed on schedule and within budget. They maintain the highest quality and ensure that the best construction practices are followed.

Safety Inspectors

Critical to every project, these inspectors ensure safety to the public, workers, suppliers, and the users of a facility. Safety is a major concern in the industry and a central part of every job that is undertaken. In the last four decades, national safety organizations, employers, safety and health professionals, unions and advocates have worked together to make construction sites safer. Workplace fatalities have decreased some 65 percent and occupational injury and illness rates by 67 percent. Companies are eager to help employees understand safety law and policies, and typically have safety meetings at the start of a job and routinely thereafter. Some of the topics they address: proper cables to ensure workers are safely lifting loads, elevated platforms with the right fall protection, up-to-date tools, effective harnesses, hazard communications. These and many other elements are required for a safe working environment.

Because safety is a top priority on all job sites, large projects typically have a construction safety manager who makes sure that employees are educated about job safety and that safe practices on site adhere to government requirements.
“Safety on a project is critical. I really like building relationships with the people I work with, both in management and craft, and having the ability to influence them to make safe decisions while planning and executing work. I enjoy having the opportunity to change a project outcome by eliminating risk and implementing controls to prevent incidents from occurring. One of my major accomplishments has been obtaining my Certified Safety Professional certification.” 
Michael Ceglio
Environmental, Health and Safety Director, Skanska Civil


To keep the project on track, schedulers create a master plan complete with timelines, required resources, prioritized tasks, and responsibilities of each project team member. They use computers to track progress and update it daily. Working closely with project managers, schedulers ensure that project milestones are met on time and within budget.

Cost Estimators

How much will it cost? Cost estimators add up the prices of materials, equipment, and construction workers needed,
factoring in expenses arising from unforeseen delays.

Fast Facts about Builders

Augmented reality is affecting construction—in winning more projects, improving safety and facilitating team interaction.

Women are increasingly joining the construction workforce, in skilled trades all the way to the executive suite.

From AI and advanced intelligent materials to drones and robotics, the construction industry is building better and more sustainably.

Skilled trades let you follow your passion in a specialized way.

Infrastructure builds big to move people and products.

There are many paths to construction and many ways to get there.

Construction is going green every which way, every day.

You can use your skills, make good money, and do something meaningful.

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