Pre-Construction Manager

Career Area: Construction, Extraction, and Architecture

Occupation Group: Construction Managers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Pre-Construction Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $82,466

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $88,438

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Leads planning of a construction project before the building begins. Estimates costs of construction, as well as participating in design decisions, evaluations, studies, value engineering and analysis, scheduling, constructability reviews, and more. May also negotiate for project construction services.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina15+14.1%
Nationwide422+11.1%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Pre-Construction Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Construction Management: Construction Project Management (CM) is a professional service that uses specialized, project management techniques to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end.
  • Estimating: Estimation (or estimating) is the process of finding an estimate, or approximation, which is a value that is usable for some purpose even if input data may be incomplete, uncertain, or unstable.
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Pre-Construction Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management: Working experience of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management, which is a particular form of contracting arrangement used in some industries where the EPC Contractor is made responsible for all the activities from design, procurement, construction, to commissioning and handover of the project to the End-User or Owner.
  • Construction Industry Knowledge: Working experience of Construction Industry Knowledge. Construction is the process of constructing a building or infrastructure. It starts with planning, design, and financing; it continues until the project is built and ready for use.
  • Primavera: Primavera is an enterprise project portfolio management software.
  • Request for Information (RFI): A request for information (RFI) is a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written information about the capabilities of various suppliers.
  • Project Design: Project design is an early phase of the project where a projects key features, structure, criteria for success, and major deliverables are all planned out.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Heavy Industrial Project Experience: Heavy industry is industry that involves one or more characteristics such as large and heavy products; large and heavy equipment and facilities (such as heavy equipment, large machine tools, and huge buildings); or complex or numerous processes.
  • Request for Information (RFI): A request for information (RFI) is a standard business process whose purpose is to collect written information about the capabilities of various suppliers.
  • Primavera: Primavera is an enterprise project portfolio management software.
  • Contract Review: Experience verifying that the language in a contract is consistent with the intended purpose of the contract.
  • Timberline Software: Designed to combine construction management with real estate management, Sage Timberline Office performs functions relevant to accounting, estimating, procurement, production management, property management, reporting and service management.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years12%
3 to 5 years48%
6 to 8 years15%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Pre-Construction Manager
  • Pre Construction Manager
  • Senior Pre-Construction Manager
  • Multifamily Pre Construction Project Manager
  • Pre-Construction Project Manager

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