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Mika, Construction Site Manager
Finland
Education
Upper secondary or lower, Engineering
Yearly salary (€)
35000-45000
In profession since
2015
Weekly hours
35-40

Could you describe your job in short?

The job involves managing the construction work, that entails task coordination and supervision on the site. Construction site manager makes sure that the construction workers know what they are supposed to do, where, and with which material and quality. Site manager is responsible for the financial success of the work, and for sticking to the made plans.

What do you do on average work day?

The work day begins at 7.00, when we go through the upcoming tasks with the construction workers. After that I walk around to see that everybody is able to start their work. Then I move to the worksite office to read emails and to do possible material orders. During the day I walk on the site and make sure that workers have all the needed information about the work phase, for example the construction drawings.

Sometimes the workers might encounter a situation where the plan is insufficient, and we have to come up with a solution on site. In this case it is the site manager’s responsibility that the chosen way of implementation works. Also, if you need to inform the construction planner, the phase needs to be documented. During the day the construction site gets deliveries, such as concrete elements, and it is part of my responsibilities to receive and check them. Besides, you need to be constantly aware of the working phases that other construction site managers are working with, so the tasks can be aligned with each other.

The day ends at 15.30. During the day there are two 12min coffee breaks and one 30min lunch break.

What do you love about your job?

Independence and ability to schedule different types of jobs. There are multiple troubles during the day, but it keeps things interesting. Construction site has tons of different small steps to be taken before it's released to customers.

What are the worst parts of your job?

There are lots of things to be taken care of. The plans might change in a short period of time, or some contractor might not be able to make it. Construction work is profit-oriented business for each party, which sometimes causes quite some pressure.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Accuracy Budgeting Coaching Communication Conflict resolution

What are the most important tools/softwares in your job?

Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel Autocad

How do you acquire and develop these skills?

You learn by doing. Almost anyone can suit as a construction site manager, it’s the attitude that matters. You need to be genuinely interested in construction, there are so many things to learn. Construction is developing constantly and therefore new employees are needed - the old ones are not interested in change, and want to stick to their old methods.

What does your work week include?

9.0h

Meetings / Group work

5.0h

Emails

19.0h

Independent work

5.0h

Breaks

1.0h

Travel

1.0h

Events