Whether you’re an electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, architect, plumber, etc., many of your jobs may involve working on a new construction project. In cases where you are part of a larger team of specialized professionals, you will most likely be working with and in contact with not only the other members of the team but also with a construction manager or superintendent. Working with a qualified and knowledgeable construction manager can be a rewarding experience. However, it’s important to know how to be a strong team member with the superintendent throughout the construction process. Below are four tips to help you understand what to expect when working with a construction manager.
1. Know your software.
These days, certain construction management companies have been turning to more user-friendly model software systems that allow each contributing member to easily access the building’s designs. This tip is especially important if you have not been specially trained on the type of software being used. Your construction manager should tell you which program is being used for the project, however, be sure to ask for assistance when needed.
2. Keep constant communication.
You may only have one role when creating a building; however, a construction manager’s task is to keep all of those roles straight and to work together. Problems may arise during the planning or construction processes, so being readily available for those phone calls or emails is important; if the construction manager needs to contact you, he/she should be able to. Staying in communication with the construction manager is vital to the project’s success.
3. Know the timeline.
Your construction manager’s role is to set a timeline and benchmarks as different phases of the construction process are completed. As a team member, you will need to be aware of your assigned timelines, but also the timelines set for the other professionals on the team. Odds are, at some point, you will need to work with a member or the construction manager to develop and refine any plans as possible delays and equipment failures arise.
4. Provide guidance
A construction manager’s job is to know each team member’s role in the construction process and how they will specifically be contributing their talents to the project. It’s important to remember, however, that you are the absolute expert of your trade, whether you’re providing the building’s electrical system, plumbing, carpentry, or overall design. In order for him/her to be a better project manager, you can help him become more familiar with how your job is done.
When you are a part of a project team, you will go through the usual phases of the pre-construction and construction process. However, it’s important to know what to expect when working with a construction manager. Keeping these tips in mind will make for a more smooth project process in whatever field you’re in.