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Construction Manager

NOC #70010

  • Environment Primarily outdoor work
  • Education Post-secondary degree
  • Average salary $97,000 to $130,000

Career profile

Construction managers lead teams to construct and maintain structures, facilities and systems. They oversee the organization, schedule, budget and implementation of construction projects. They also investigate damage, accidents and delays at project sites and modify plans accordingly.

They plan, schedule and coordinate activities to meet deadlines, prepare and submit estimates, interpret and explain plans and contract terms to the representatives of the owner. Construction managers also order supplies and materials, develop and implement quality control programs and perform pre-building assessments.

Exploration and production, Offshore, Pipelines, Oil sands, Contracted and turnaround maintenance, Construction, Start-up and commissioning, Modular fabrication, Geothermal, Solar, Wind

In this occupation, activities may include:

  • Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • 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.
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


  • A post-secondary degree in civil engineering or a college diploma in construction technology is usually required.
  • Several years of experience including experience as a construction supervisor or field superintendent are usually required.


  • Professional engineering status or construction trade certification may be required by some employers.

  • Minimal or no travel
  • Primarily outdoor work
  • Physical work
  • Work away from home/in camps
  • Building and construction
  • Administration and management
  • Engineering and technology
  • English language
  • Customer and personal service
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Public safety and security
  • Mechanical
  • Economics and accounting