Building or Construction Manager

Building or construction managers use their knowledge of all aspects of building and construction to plan and oversee building projects and advise architects, engineers, and quantity surveyors.

Building managers organise subcontractors and materials, manage time, contracts and regulations, and serve as liaison between architects and building contractors.

There are five main, important functions that building managers perform: purchasing; calculation of expenses; planning; building surveying; and control management. Although they do not necessarily carry out these tasks themselves, they have to ensure that these aspects of the building process run smoothly.

Building managers may work in various positions including: project managers of large building projects or building controllers for large municipalities or contract or financial managers. They may also act as technical advisers when buildings are planned and constructed.


  • government departments and municipalities

  • building contractors and subcontractors

  • construction companies

  • financial institutions

  • retailers and manufacturers in the building industry

  • self-employment

Getting Started

  • talk to a building or construction manager and ask permission to observe them at work

  • try getting part-time or vacation work with a building contractor


Accra Polytechnic, Boland TVET College, Central University of Technology, Centre for Training and Projects Development (CTPD), Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Durban University of Technology , Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Institute of Applied Sciences, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, KAAF University College, Kenyatta University, Koforidua Polytechnic, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Lovedale Public TVET College, Makerere University, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Maseno University, Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College, Nelson Mandela University, New Era College, Rundu Vocational Training Centre, Swaziland College of Technology, Technical University of Kenya, The Copperbelt University, Trinity University, Tshwane North TVET College, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Malawi (The Polytechnic), University of Pretoria, University of the Free State, University of the Witwatersrand, Valombola Vocational Training Centre (VVTC), Vuselela TVET College, Windhoek Vocational Training Centre, Zambezi Vocational Training Centre


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