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PROJECT MANAGER, GENERAL CONTRACTOR, IN-DEPTH: Joined Union When He Was 18; Excelled At Carpentry & Installation

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Casino, a Project Manager for a general contractor, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, how hard it is to get a job in his field, and work-life balance. To succeed, it's essential to maintain a happy personal life & interests. (His hobbies have ranged from building computers to competitive ballroom dancing!)

Job Title: Project Manager
Employer: General Contractor

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
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Likes working with hands, Organizational skills, Teamwork

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m='8720'>doing</span> <span m='9150'>a</span> <span m='9280'>new</span> <span m='9420'>car</span> <span m='9630'>dealership</span> <span m='9925'>over</span> <span m='10220'>in</span> <span m='10290'>Santa</span> <span m='10550'>Cruz</span> <span m='10900'>by</span> <span m='11020'>the</span> <span m='11190'>ocean.</span> <span m='12600'>That's</span> <span m='12900'>the</span> <span m='13010'>best</span> <span m='13250'>part</span> <span m='13450'>for</span> <span m='13520'>me</span> <span m='13680'>is</span> <span m='13800'>I'm</span> <span m='13850'>never</span> <span m='14090'>stuck</span> <span m='14300'>in</span> <span m='14360'>the</span> <span m='14450'>office</span> <span m='14750'>for</span> <span m='14860'>any</span> <span m='14970'>long</span> <span m='15160'>period</span> <span m='15380'>of</span> <span m='15460'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='15900'>So</span> <span m='16290'>the</span> <span m='16410'>challenge with</span> <span m='16800'>to</span> <span m='16840'>my</span> <span m='16980'>job,</span> <span m='17640'>it's</span> <span m='18470'>not</span> <span m='18720'>everything</span> <span m='19050'>is</span> <span m='19150'>in</span> <span m='19240'>your</span> <span m='19350'>direct</span> <span m='19610'>control.</span> <span m='20180'>A</span> <span m='20510'>lot</span> <span m='20690'>of</span> <span m='20740'>people</span> <span m='20930'>tell</span> <span m='21080'>me</span> <span m='21180'>it's</span> <span m='21450'>like</span> <span m='21620'>herding</span> <span m='21870'>cats,</span> <span m='22160'>and</span> <span m='22260'>it's</span> <span m='22380'>really</span> <span m='22630'>true.</span> </p><p><span m='23090'>And</span> <span m='23310'>that</span> <span m='23510'>goes</span> <span m='23740'>for</span> <span m='23860'>any</span> <span m='24000'>management-type</span> <span m='24710'>position.</span> <span m='24970'>As you</span> <span m='25180'>start</span> <span m='25430'>to</span> <span m='25500'>excel</span> <span m='25870'>in</span> <span m='25940'>your</span> <span m='26060'>career,</span> <span m='26970'>managing</span> <span m='27270'>multiple</span> <span m='27570'>people,</span> <span m='29510'>you</span> <span m='29610'>can</span> <span m='29700'>never</span> <span m='29880'>control</span> <span m='30170'>when</span> <span m='30280'>an</span> <span m='30380'>accident</span> <span m='30750'>happens--</span> <span m='31380'>hopefully, it</span> <span m='31740'>never</span> <span m='31960'>happens--</span> <span m='32420'>or</span> <span m='33090'>when</span> <span m='33270'>a</span> <span m='33330'>client's</span> <span m='33640'>going</span> <span m='33740'>to</span> <span m='33790'>call</span> <span m='34020'>you</span> <span m='34220'>at</span> <span m='34480'>10</span> <span m='34600'>o'clock</span> <span m='34910'>at</span> <span m='34990'>night</span> <span m='35210'>because</span> <span m='35450'>they</span> <span m='35530'>want you</span> <span m='35850'>to</span> <span m='35920'>do</span> <span m='36150'>an</span> <span m='36270'>estimate</span> <span m='37000'>for</span> <span m='37140'>tomorrow</span> <span m='37530'>because</span> <span m='37770'>they</span> <span m='37840'>want</span> <span m='37970'>to</span> <span m='38010'>start</span> <span m='38240'>work</span> <span m='38470'>the</span> <span m='38550'>next</span> <span m='38790'>day.</span> <span m='39480'>So</span> <span m='39660'>that's</span> <span m='39940'>probably</span> <span m='40140'>the</span> <span m='40210'>most</span> <span m='40380'>challenging is</span> <span m='40660'>being</span> <span m='40940'>available.</span> <span m='41650'>It's</span> <span m='41890'>a</span> <span m='42020'>lot</span> <span m='42260'>of</span> <span m='42330'>customer</span> <span m='42650'>service,</span> <span m='43630'>but</span> <span m='43770'>it's</span> <span m='43870'>worth it</span> <span m='44080'>in the</span> <span m='44380'>end.</span> </p><p><span m='44940'>So</span> <span m='45180'>is</span> <span m='45350'>it</span> <span m='45450'>hard</span> <span m='45730'>getting</span> <span m='46010'>a</span> <span m='46380'>job</span> <span m='46620'>doing</span> <span m='46830'>what</span> <span m='46950'>I</span> <span m='47000'>do?</span> <span m='47920'>It</span> <span m='48330'>depends.</span> <span m='49750'>The</span> <span m='49870'>way</span> <span m='49990'>I</span> <span m='50080'>started is</span> <span m='50490'>I</span> <span m='50550'>joined</span> <span m='51060'>the</span> <span m='51270'>union</span> <span m='52440'>when</span> <span m='52570'>I</span> <span m='52600'>was</span> <span m='52740'>18</span> <span m='53430'>right</span> <span m='54590'>outside of</span> <span m='54870'>high</span> <span m='55020'>school while</span> <span m='55360'>I</span> <span m='55390'>was</span> <span m='55590'>in</span> <span m='55690'>college.</span> <span m='56380'>So</span> <span m='57470'>I</span> <span m='57590'>happened</span> <span m='57950'>to</span> <span m='58030'>luck</span> <span m='58270'>out</span> <span m='58480'>and</span> <span m='58570'>excel</span> <span m='58950'>at</span> <span m='59280'>being</span> <span m='59460'>a</span> <span m='59500'>carpenter</span> <span m='60180'>and</span> <span m='60440'>being</span> <span m='60620'>a</span> <span m='60660'>finished</span> <span m='61120'>systems</span> <span m='61720'>installer.</span> </p><p><span m='63140'>I</span> <span m='63260'>found</span> <span m='63420'>the</span> <span m='63530'>project</span> <span m='63840'>management</span> <span m='64390'>at</span> <span m='64480'>the</span> <span m='64560'>right</span> <span m='64790'>time.</span> <span m='65269'>I</span> <span m='65550'>was</span> <span m='65860'>already--</span> <span m='66860'>my</span> <span m='67050'>hobby</span> <span m='67390'>was</span> <span m='67540'>technology,</span> <span m='67805'>and</span> <span m='68070'>building my own</span> <span m='68570'>computers,</span> <span m='69150'>and</span> <span m='69350'>playing</span> <span m='69730'>video</span> <span m='69950'>games.</span> <span m='70280'>And</span> <span m='70370'>all</span> <span m='70530'>of a</span> <span m='70590'>sudden,</span> <span m='70880'>here</span> <span m='71090'>I</span> <span m='71130'>am.</span> <span m='72450'>I</span> <span m='72510'>went</span> <span m='72690'>from</span> <span m='72810'>playing</span> <span m='73000'>video</span> <span m='73200'>games</span> <span m='73490'>to</span> <span m='73980'>writing</span> <span m='74240'>change</span> <span m='74510'>orders</span> <span m='74880'>and</span> <span m='75320'>dealing</span> <span m='75510'>with</span> <span m='75640'>architects</span> <span m='76310'>and</span> <span m='76400'>dealing</span> <span m='76620'>with</span> <span m='76740'>owners.</span> </p><p><span m='77450'>So</span> <span m='78420'>it</span> <span m='78600'>can</span> <span m='78870'>be</span> <span m='78960'>difficult.</span> <span m='79710'>But</span> <span m='79860'>it's</span> <span m='79960'>not</span> <span m='80140'>impossible.</span> <span m='80950'>I</span> <span m='81040'>mean,</span> <span m='81220'>you</span> <span m='81290'>have</span> <span m='81510'>to</span> <span m='81600'>just</span> <span m='82240'>really</span> <span m='82440'>love</span> <span m='82620'>what</span> <span m='82730'>you</span> <span m='82810'>do,</span> <span m='83170'>and</span> <span m='83600'>I</span> <span m='83660'>do love</span> <span m='83770'>what I</span> <span m='84243'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='85190'>Work-life</span> <span m='85670'>balance--</span> <span m='86160'>so</span> <span m='86420'>being</span> <span m='86600'>a</span> <span m='86680'>contractor,</span> <span m='87670'>my</span> <span m='87820'>schedule</span> <span m='88100'>is</span> <span m='88170'>kind</span> <span m='88300'>of</span> <span m='88380'>flexible,</span> <span m='89790'>which</span> <span m='89970'>is</span> <span m='90050'>what</span> <span m='90200'>I</span> <span m='90220'>like.</span> <span m='90510'>I</span> <span m='90540'>have</span> <span m='90790'>a</span> <span m='90960'>young</span> <span m='91230'>son.</span> <span m='91540'>So</span> <span m='91700'>it</span> <span m='91750'>allows</span> <span m='92030'>me</span> <span m='92110'>to</span> <span m='92190'>see</span> <span m='92400'>him,</span> <span m='92670'>take</span> <span m='92940'>him</span> <span m='93200'>to</span> <span m='93270'>daycare,</span> <span m='93720'>pick him</span> <span m='93920'>up.</span> <span m='94420'>But</span> <span m='94710'>it</span> <span m='94790'>is--</span> <span m='95100'>sometimes</span> <span m='95530'>you</span> <span m='95600'>work</span> <span m='95820'>weekends.</span> </p><p><span m='97600'>It's</span> <span m='97790'>really</span> <span m='98070'>key,</span> <span m='98380'>actually, to</span> <span m='98770'>keep</span> <span m='98980'>your</span> <span m='99070'>personal</span> <span m='100010'>goals</span> <span m='100400'>in</span> <span m='100470'>mind</span> <span m='100880'>and</span> <span m='100990'>hobbies.</span> <span m='102222'>I</span> <span m='102580'>can't</span> <span m='102850'>say</span> <span m='102970'>that</span> <span m='103120'>enough,</span> <span m='103330'>because</span> <span m='103580'>actually</span> <span m='103980'>it'll</span> <span m='104090'>benefit</span> <span m='104470'>you</span> <span m='105510'>as</span> <span m='105690'>you</span> <span m='106150'>become</span> <span m='106410'>a</span> <span m='106460'>business</span> <span m='106760'>person</span> <span m='107270'>in</span> <span m='107380'>your</span> <span m='107550'>career.</span> <span m='108340'>I</span> <span m='108580'>love</span> <span m='108800'>to</span> <span m='109790'>competitive</span> <span m='110240'>ballroom</span> <span m='110570'>dance and</span> <span m='110920'>I</span> <span m='111010'>love</span> <span m='111230'>to</span> <span m='111940'>go</span> <span m='112070'>and</span> <span m='112140'>perform,</span> <span m='112580'>so</span> <span m='112850'>I</span> <span m='112990'>do</span> <span m='113150'>that</span> <span m='114020'>on</span> <span m='114160'>the</span> <span m='114220'>weekends.</span> <span m='114740'>And</span> <span m='114910'>actually</span> <span m='115650'>you</span> <span m='116100'>can</span> <span m='116250'>tell</span> <span m='116430'>the</span> <span m='116500'>people</span> <span m='116840'>who</span> <span m='117490'>do</span> <span m='117630'>that</span> <span m='117860'>and</span> <span m='118000'>follow</span> <span m='118290'>their</span> <span m='118420'>dreams</span> <span m='118850'>outside</span> <span m='119170'>of</span> <span m='119250'>work,</span> <span m='119660'>because</span> <span m='119980'>they</span> <span m='120050'>make</span> <span m='120260'>much,</span> <span m='120460'>much</span> <span m='120670'>better</span> <span m='120880'>employees</span> <span m='121400'>and</span> <span m='121490'>much,</span> <span m='121710'>much</span> <span m='121920'>better</span> <span m='122430'>people</span> <span m='122680'>to</span> <span m='122770'>deal</span> <span m='122950'>with</span> <span m='123110'>when</span> <span m='123230'>you're</span> <span m='123310'>networking.</span> <span m='123850'>You</span> <span m='123950'>can</span> <span m='124120'>always</span> <span m='124330'>tell</span> <span m='124450'>the</span> <span m='124520'>people</span> <span m='124760'>who</span> <span m='124840'>are</span> <span m='124970'>very</span> <span m='125180'>happy in</span> <span m='125430'>their</span> <span m='125610'>lives</span> <span m='125870'>versus</span> <span m='126470'>the</span> <span m='126770'>people</span> <span m='127070'>who are</span> <span m='127370'>not</span> <span m='127670'>so happy.</span> </p>","file":{"id":272628,"video_id":"2708226105001","name":"72069101","duration":128574,"thumbnail_url":null}});