Building and Construction Manager Kaiwhakahaere Hanga Whare

Building and construction managers plan, control and co-ordinate civil engineering or building projects, and the resources and people involved.

Building and construction managers may do some or all of the following:

  • consult with clients, building professionals, local councils and architects
  • estimate the number of workers, types of machinery and materials required
  • estimate prices and put in tenders for jobs
  • plan building programmes and co-ordinate supplies of materials and machinery
  • hire workers and apprentices and liaise with subcontractors
  • plan, establish and monitor health and safety systems
  • establish and implement traffic management and environmental plans
  • work with quantity surveyors to ensure costs are kept within budget.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for building and construction managers includes:

  • building and construction work, especially in a managerial role
  • general managerial experience.

Personal Qualities

Building and construction managers need to be:

  • safety-conscious
  • accurate and practical
  • able to work with a range of people
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good communicators
  • good at managing and motivating workers
  • good planners and organisers.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for building and construction managers includes:

  • building and construction work, especially in a managerial role
  • general managerial experience.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a building and construction manager. However, NCEA Level 2 English, maths, construction and mechanical technologies, and design and visual communication are useful. 

Year 11 and 12 learners can find out more about the construction industry and gain relevant skills by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Building and Construction Managers can earn around $80K-$170K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Building and Construction Manager are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

With experience, building and construction managers may progress to more senior positions and may also start up their own company.

They may progress into specialised roles, including: 

Construction Site Manager
Construction site managers have a hands-on role and deal with the day-to-day running of the construction site. They report to a project manager. On large construction sites, there may be a number of site managers, each with a specific area of responsibility.
Construction Project Manager
Construction project managers deal with the big picture and are responsible for the overall planning, co-ordination and control of a project from beginning to end.
Building and Construction Manager

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