|Position Title||Construction Manager|
|Alternate Title(s)||Foreman, Construction Supervisor|
|Education & Training Level||Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not always required|
|Education & Training Level Description||Employers increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. However, some managers may qualify with a high school diploma and by working many years in a construction trade. Although not required, certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers, demonstrating their knowledge and experience.|
|Brief job description||Construction managers coordinate and supervise wind plant construction activities. They assist the project manager with project planning and cost estimates. They work with teams of engineers and oversee the work of trade workers and subcontractors.|
|Preferred Level of Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Preferred Level of Experience||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
|Estimated/Expected Salary||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
Construction managers in the wind industry coordinate and supervise the building of utility-scale wind plants, including roads, electrical systems, turbine installation and other infrastructure as required. Some construction managers oversee just the construction phase of the project from start to finish, however others may be involved with the project from initial development to construction and then work with the project manager to turn it over to the operating company. In this case, the individual would start as the project engineer during development and continue as the construction manager during construction.
Construction managers often assist the project manager in estimating project costs and schedules. They also support the project manager in the development of bids for subcontractors. Once contracts have been awarded and construction begins, the construction manager works with the project manager to implement the schedule and coordinate activities, ensuring that the wind plant is completed on time and within budget.
Construction managers work closely with engineers such as civil and quality engineers, trade workers such as electricians and welders, and other construction specialists. They supervise subcontractors and personnel, confirming that work has been completed according to company, environmental, safety and other requirements and regulations.
For large projects, a construction manager may work on a team of construction managers and only be in charge of one or a few aspects of the project. Each construction manager would oversee a specific construction activity, such as civil works or turbine installation.