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€55k - €80k
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In Brief...

Supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site.


  • Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

In Summary - Building / Construction Project Manager

Career Sectors

Building / Construction Project Managers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Civil Engineering
Construction, Architecture & Property
Construction Management & Planning
Construction, Architecture & Property

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Colin Butterly, Site Manager - Trade Entry

Colin Butterly has worked his way up from apprentice Carpenter / Joiner to trainee Site Manager, offering him greater opportunities and more responsibility. He is currently studying in DIT for a level 7 degree in Construction Management which he gained advanced entry into due to his trade qualification.

Aidan Maher, Site Manager - Grad Entry

Aiden Maher holds a degree in Construction Management from UL and has recently completed a part time masters degree in Project Management. Aiden's job involves acting as a co-ordinator between all parties to ensure construction projects run as smoothly as possible.

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The Work - Building / Construction Project Manager

Construction managers supervise, control and co-ordinate the construction of building, civil engineering, engineering and architectural projects on-site. They make sure that projects are constructed within time, quality and cost limits. They need to keep track of all sub contractors on site and make sure that all workers have relevant paperwork. Because they work on-site, construction managers are sometimes known as construction site managers or site managers.

A building project manager is often involved from the initial concept and design of a project through to its construction and completion. They keep track of progress, building control regulations and quality standards and resolve any technical difficulties that arise. They are likely to work on more than one project at a time.

They work from:

  • Technical drawings prepared by architects, structural engineers and civil engineers.
  • Plans and schedules prepared by planners or themselves.
  • Budgets prepared by estimators and quantity surveyors.  

Construction managers carry out the following tasks:

  • Recruit local staff or sub-contractors when required. 
  • Order materials and machinery at appropriate times. 
  • Check drawings for errors or things that have been missed out that could cause problems. 
  • Write statements of how each job on site is to be done.  
  • Arrange vehicle access for construction sites. 
  • Arrange storage of hazardous chemicals on construction sites. 
  • Ensure the construction site is signposted. 
  • Arrange construction site security. 
  • Write health and safety procedures for the construction site. 
  • Organise and work with different trades people or sub-contractors so that work progresses efficiently. 
  • Solve day-to-day problems as they arise. 
  • Consult with architects, engineers and sub-contractors. 
  • Keep records of work progress and of labour, material and machinery used. 
  • Keep records of problems and their solutions. 
  • Work out extra time and costs that may arise due to bad weather or unexpected problems. 
  • Observe and co-ordinate work progress on construction sites. 
  • Make sure that quality standards meet those laid down in drawings and specifications. 
  • Work with people at head office. 
  • Source the best material at the best price. 
  • Keep all paperwork up to date. 
  • Make sure the standards of work done by all subcontractors are up to standard. 
  • Arrange for maintenance of equipment and machinery.

Construction managers work from a site office that is usually a portable cabin, where all the technical drawings are kept. On a large site, section or assistant construction managers may assist senior construction managers.

Construction managers work closely with other professionals including architects, engineers, technicians and surveyors, and also act as a point of contact for the public. They have frequent meetings with subcontractors and daily contact with the site workforce.


Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters, such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.
  • Plan, schedule, or coordinate construction project activities to meet deadlines.
  • Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.
  • Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, or other regulations.
  • Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Plan, organize, or direct activities concerned with the construction or maintenance of structures, facilities, or systems.
  • Study job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.
  • Investigate damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites to ensure that proper construction procedures are being followed.
  • Prepare contracts or negotiate revisions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers, or subcontractors.
  • Develop or implement quality control programs.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Developing and Building Teams Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Interests - Building / Construction Project Manager

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


As a construction manager you will need good communication skills and you must be able to work in, and lead, a team. You must be able to work under pressure, make decisions, solve problems and have an eye for detail. You must be able to delegate and give orders.

Entry Requirements - Building / Construction Project Manager

Pay & Salary - Building / Construction Project Manager

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €55k - €80k

Project Manager 55,000 - 80,000
Construction Manager 60,000 - 80,000

Data Source(s):

Last Updated: January, 2019

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Building / Construction Project Manager

This occupation has been identified as a Job in Demand by the most recent National Skills Bulletin.

Output from the education and training system is not expected to be enough to meet growing demand. Shortages are only beginning to emerge and are small in numbers, although the reduced supply indicates that these shortages could be exacerbated in future years.

National Skills Buletin 2018

Shortage of remains critical for qualified and experienced Project management professionals as of December 2018 - CIF

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