Join Jim Rogers for an in-depth discussion in this video How do I become a construction manager?, part of Construction Management Foundations.
- By virtually any measure, the construction industry is the single largest industry in the world. As we said at the beginning of this course, it's responsible for completing the work being done to develop the surface of the earth to meet our needs and the needs of our society. As long as those needs continue to change and evolve, the industry will continue to grow and the demand for educated construction managers will continue to increase. Today's construction management professional has to work to stay up on the latest trends and developments in the industry.
So, with that in mind, we'll definitely be doing our part to continue to publish courses here that'll help you do just that. We've already tackled some of the changes in the industry related to technology and you can find courses here in the online library related to things like managing digital construction drawings using software like Bluebeam or creating building information models with software like Revit or Navisworks and you can learn how to manage your scheduling tasks with software like Microsoft Project. So, make sure to explore our online library of courses and stay tuned as we continue to grow that library.
I want to thank you for watching this course and encourage you to continue to seek out knowledge and professional development opportunities so you can improve your skills as a construction management professional. And then I'd also like to leave you with some parting thoughts and inspiration from the other professionals who contributed to this course. - So, if you're the kind of person that you know, stops at a construction site and sits there and watches for 10, 15, 20 minutes what's going on in the construction site, just because you want to, you're probably interested in construction, you just didn't know it.
If you're the kind of person that just walks by and if something clangs, they look up and then that's it, construction may not be your thing. But for those that really, really pay attention to what's happening in the world around them at a construction site, and I see lots of people like that, you might be interested in construction. Don't be afraid to actually you know, go to a construction trailer and ask you know, what do they do. You know, maybe they'll take you out for a tour. Can't guarantee it, different job sites are different but they might and then you can kind of get a little better feel if that is something that you might be interested in.
- My biggest advice to anybody that's studying construction management is to complete at least one internship. Completing an internship allows you to put to use what you've learned in the classroom with what you plan on doing in the future. It also presents challenges that are important to go through in order to understand what you're getting yourself into when you choose the career path of construction management.
- So, some advice I would give you in dealing with your municipality as part of the development process, definitely spend some time, come down, meet the department. If you have questions on your project, come in and visit with the department, ask them those questions. Try to develop those relationships with the plan of yours, the inspectors in your area. They're a great resource, they really are. They'll save you from making decisions that may cost you in the long run, they'll keep you from going down a path that's not going to work. It also really helps because when you form those relationships, when they've got a question on your project, they can call and you know, they're a little bit more apt to pick up the phone and ask you a question, rather than just writing a correction note and sending it back to you.
I know from my perspective, I started out as an engineer designing buildings, never really envisioned working for a municipality but it's been a very rewarding career. I've been able to work on some incredible projects here at the City of Phoenix. Way more complex and certainly a greater number of projects than I would have been able to if I was just focusing strictly on the design and it helps you, not only influence the development in a city, but you get to form great relationships and it's a tremendous learning opportunity.
- It's a field that you have to be incredibly passionate about or you're not going to make it. And so, the people that we know have gotten through the tough times. For architects, the times that you're sitting there and all you're working on is toilet stalls and designing toilet stalls for month after month, so we've all been through that sort of rigorous process and it's the passion and the burning desire to build and design and change the world that gets you through that to a point where you really begin to be heard and listened to and have your ideas brought to life and it's an amazing thing.
It's an amazing profession to be able to turn around and look and see how you've changed the city that you love, how you've had an affect on people's lives, how you've made people's lives better, how you've artistically imprinted on them your love for nature or for sustainability or whatever it is that drives you. It's really an amazing career. - There is no other career where you have the ability at the end of the day or at the end of a year or at the end of a very long career in construction to look back over your shoulder and have such a tangible project, something that you can look at and point to and show your kids or your grandkids or your best friend or whatever it is, whoever it is that you want to be proud for you, you have that and at the end of that cycle, you have a body of work that really shows what your career was made of.
And I can't think of any other industry where I could have that and that is truly what gets me coming to work everyday.
Whether you're a construction industry veteran looking to switch roles or a brand new construction manager trying to get your bearings, this course provides you with meaningful insights into this vital, evolving industry and your role in it. Instructor Jim Rogers explains how integrated project delivery methods work, how technology is shaking up old processes, and how lean productivity methods are being used at construction sites. Throughout the course, you'll get industry knowledge from Jim, as well as other experienced construction professionals.
- Modern construction industry overview
- The construction team
- Reviewing the many roles of the construction manager
- A day in the life of a construction manager
- Understanding how the industry is organized
- Working with alternative project delivery methods
- Understanding the role of technology in construction