Construction Manager

Construction project managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a construction project under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager.

NOC Code: 0711

Job Duties

Construction project managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a construction project under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. You work on-site most of the time, looking after the day-to-day responsibilities of the project. You may work for residential, commercial and industrial construction companies or for construction departments of companies outside the construction industry.

Generally, construction managers:

  • Plan, organize, direct, control, and evaluate construction projects from start to finish.
  • Plan and prepare construction budgets, schedules and goals, and monitor progress.
  • Prepare contracts and negotiate changes to contracts with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers, and subcontractors.
  • Develop and implement quality control programs.
  • Prepare progress reports for clients.
  • Manage the buying of building materials and land acquisitions.
  • Hire and supervise subcontractors and staff.

Source: HRSDC

Job Requirements


This job requires: College or University

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobLevel of Education Required
Architectural Technologist and TechnicianCollege or University
CAD TechnicianCollege or University
Construction ManagerCollege or University
Construction EstimatorCollege or University
Graphic Arts TechnicianCollege or University


This job requires 5 or more years of work experience.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobYears of Work Experience Required
Architectural Technologist and Technician2 - 5
CAD Technician0 - 2
Construction Manager5+
Construction Estimator0 - 2
Graphic Arts Technician0 - 2

Source: HRSDC

Essential Skills

As a construction manager, you need to:

  • Speak, write and read English.
  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and specifications.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of new systems and materials, and building codes and regulations.
  • Have good project administration and management skills.
  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and email software as well as computer programs specific to the construction industry, such as scheduling and estimating software.
  • Have good interpersonal and negotiation skills.

Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with architects, technicians, contractors, construction workers, and clients.

Labour Market Information


The work of construction managers is becoming more complex because of the development of advanced building materials, electronically operated "smart" buildings and new building standards. It is important to stay informed about the changing construction practices and standards

Now, construction firms commonly use computerized online project management, so construction managers need to have excellent computer skills.

Employment for construction managers depends on activity in the construction sector. Strong growth in the non-residential construction sector is expected to increase opportunities.


The work prospects for this job are: FAIR

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobWork Prospects
Architectural Technologist and TechnicianFair
CAD TechnicianFair
Construction ManagerFair
Construction EstimatorGood
Graphic Arts TechnicianFair


The average hourly wage for this job is: C$33.65/hour.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobAverage Wage/Hour
Architectural Technologist and Technician$24.55
CAD Technician$25.00
Construction Manager$33.65
Construction Estimator$29.33
Graphic Arts Technician$18.00

Source: HRSDC


Educational Programs

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Language Training

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Work Experience Programs

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