The construction industry is an essential component of the growth of any economy. The success of a building project relies heavily on many different professionals, each with their skills and expertise.
Construction industry professionals are needed for every building project. From the beginning of a construction project to its end, these experts ensure all aspects of the construction process go smoothly and without delay.
There are many professions within this industry that you may not have heard about but are integral to the success of every large or small project. Construction projects rely on all these people to be successful. Here is the list:
The Construction Manager
The construction manager is responsible for supervising all aspects of a project from beginning to end. They ensure that the design, budget, and time frame are adhered to complete a complex building plan. The day-to-day responsibilities of a construction manager include:
- Scheduling daily work activities.
- Checking quality control reports.
- Overseeing the safety of workers on-site.
- Meeting with the project team.
Architecture is a complex craft that takes years to master. An architect must have an excellent understanding of architecture, building science, and construction methods before designing their first structure. They also spend their time researching new designs, planning projects from start to finish, coordinating between consultants, contractors, and clients. Their job is not just designing buildings but also specifying the materials used in the construction of a building.
Architects are needed for nearly every project stage from beginning to end, including site selection, development feasibility studies, schematic design through final documentation, construction administration during both construction phases, and the warranty period.
Engineers work with architects, designers, and clients to ensure that a building meets local laws and ordinances and structural requirements. They are responsible for establishing design codes, writing specifications for construction materials, ensuring proper installation during construction phases, verifying compliance with codes before issuing permits.
The Project Engineer
Project engineers are responsible for ensuring that a building plan is completed according to the client’s specifications. They oversee every aspect of construction from beginning to end, including preparing project documentation, developing drawings and reports on time, cost, and resources, as well as verifying compliance with local laws before issuing permits.
Their responsibilities include planning daily work activities, quality control of materials on-site, and checking safety equipment.
The Project Manager
Project managers are responsible for supervising the construction team to ensure that a project is completed in accordance with established time, budget, and scope requirements. Their day-to-day responsibilities include: making sure that all teams involved have the information they need to complete their work on time and within budget; reviewing status reports from all teams to make sure that the project is progressing as it should.
The Safety Manager or Officer
Construction sites are dangerous work environments, and therefore safety is a priority for all construction managers. The safety manager ensures that each employee follows the company’s health and safety policies based on OSHA standards.
The Safety Officer or Manager has to ensure compliance with these rules during every phase of the construction process, including pre-construction meetings, daily construction site walk-throughs to ensure compliance with safety policies and plans, inspecting tools, equipment, and worksites for hazards.
There is more to a building plan than just the structural aspect. Buildings also need interior spaces that are functional and meet their occupants’ needs. An interior designer will work closely with clients, architects, and engineers to create an aesthetically pleasing design for a space and plan its function.
Their job includes:
- Researching new materials,
- Conducting client and staff interviews,
- Developing and implementing a design concept,
- Overseeing its construction.
Be sure to find a graduate of an accredited college of design program. Doing so ensures they are qualified for the unique tasks at hand.
Electrical engineers are responsible for designing, planning, and maintaining electrical power systems in buildings. Their responsibilities include:
-Analyzing building plans to figure out the wattage of equipment used.
-Ensuring proper wiring connections between all devices, including light fixtures, fuse boxes, circuit breaker panels, etc.
-Ensuring safety standards are followed during installation processes.
The Quality Control Inspector or Specialist
Once the interior spaces are ready for use, they need to be inspected before clients move in. The inspector ensures that materials were installed as specified and meet local building codes and company standards such as color schemes; lighting plans, acoustics; and ergonomics.
Construction is a complex process, and therefore numerous professionals help make every building project successful. The roles mentioned above each play an essential part in ensuring that construction projects stay within budget, on time, and meet safety standards, all while creating aesthetically pleasing spaces for the client’s intended purpose.