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PROJECT MANAGER: First Develop Yourself As A Mechanical Engineer

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To become a construction project manager, one needs to develop oneself as a mechanical engineer for 10 to 15 years, gaining expertise. Excellent grades during school and gaining an internship to become specialized help make a prospective project manager more desirable, as it is a competitive industry. Gaining a license as a mechanical engineer also helps one be more competitive. The typical day of a project manager involves managing school construction renovation design standards. A typical day also involves dealing with contractors and construction managers on a daily basis, as well as securing funding and overseeing a project from start to finish.

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Job Title: Project Manager Mechanical Engineer
Employer: San Francisco School District

Job Summary: Construction Project Managers

Job Description

Construction project managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from early development to completion.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. Applicants for this certification must also complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Construction Management Association of America.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$50,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Likes working with hands
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