Construction Project Management

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What is Construction Project Management?

Construction Project management is the direction and coordination of human and material resources of a construction project using modern management techniques to determine and achieve objectives such as scope, cost, time, and quality satisfaction.

Project Managers generally handle all management responsibilities in a project from the start to the completion but Construction Project Managers will specifically only manage the construction aspects of a project in most cases.

Construction Project Management is responsible for the planning and overseeing of all aspects of the construction project from budget, supplies, subcontractors to ensuring all regulations and permits are in place.

What courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:

  • Construction Project Management – The study of the construction process of any built environment and its management.
  • Construction Management – The study of construction management and the property industry.
  • Masters in Construction Project Management – A course for graduates who wish to expand their knowledge in the construction industry.
  • Construction Management (Refurbishment and Maintenance) – The study of the theory and practice of building refurbishment and maintenance management sectors.

Studying Construction Project Management in college

Construction Project Management courses are available part-time, full time or night courses so you can study at your convenience and work around your schedule. Courses can take place over a few months or can be fully-fledged degrees that take 3-4 years depending on the type, of course, you have chosen.

Courses are theoretical with a focus on knowledge-based assessments and examinations. You may have assignments and projects to complete on your own or in groups.

Some Construction Management courses may offer work placement or a chance to work in the industry as part of the course allowing you to develop professional contacts and gain experience and practical skills in a professional environment. Work placements can be an excellent way to find a position early on as many companies may use them as a way to recruit future employees.

Career options

The construction industry is an industry that never sleeps with construction, maintenance, and renovations always on the go all over the world. Construction Project Management has very interchangeable skills allowing you to work on any project anywhere with a small learning curve for any specifics.

Typical employers are small and medium-sized enterprises and usually the private sector. A local government may also offer employment opportunities, or you may choose to freelance or start your own company.

Related jobs include:

  • Construction Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Project Management
  • Facilities Manager
  • Site Engineer
  • Building Surveyor
  • Building Services Engineer
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Arbitrator
  • Building control surveyor
  • Building services engineer
  • Building surveyor
  • Construction manager
  • Estates manager
  • Estimator
  • Fire risk assessor
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Site engineer
  • Sustainability consultant

Further study

After completing a course in Construction Project Management you may be interested in further study in a related field to expand your knowledge base and increase the number of opportunities available to you for your career. Further study in fields such as Architecture, 3D Design, Environmental Studies, Finance, Management, or even Law could all be beneficial alongside your qualification in Construction Project Management.

Professionals within the industry often use the further technical study to achieve chartered status with professional bodies or as a means of career development.


Are there any particular qualities you need to study Construction Project Management?

For any career in the building or construction management field qualities such as logical or technical thinking, leadership, and management skills are all important.

Communication skills are also very important as well as the ability to work well with a team and on your own.

You should also have an interest in learning and understanding aspects of Health & Safety and Construction specific technical information which is constantly being updated with new technologies and legislation.

Where can I study Construction Project Management?

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Did You Know?

· In Iceland, there is an elf whisperer who inspects construction sites before building to ensure no elves are hanging around.

· In 1997, a group of enthusiasts began building a castle in France, using only materials, tools, and techniques available in the 13th century (800 years ago). The project is scheduled to be completed sometime in the 2020s.

· In 1983 hundreds of workers broke a world record by building a 3 bdrm home in just 3 hours. It was later sold to buyers who weren’t told about the home’s origin. The home was an instant nightmare: uneven slab, burst pipes, flawed roof, mismatched paint, buckled walls, crooked doors, faulty sewer, etc.

· There is enough concrete in the Hoover dam to build a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York. It was poured in section and 582 miles of pipes we’re used to cooling it. Otherwise, it would have taken 125 years to cool.

· The photo of 11 men eating lunch atop of a skyscraper in 1932 became incredibly famous and commercialized – with no Photoshop or editing. The photo was taken on the 69th-floor months before the construction of the skyscraper was completed. It wasn’t until 2003 that the person who took the incredibly famous photo was identified as Charles Ebbets.

Mariza Halliday

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