For many people, especially men, the construction industry is an easy place to find employment. It needs a willingness to work hard and to be prepared to engage in manual labour. It is not traditionally seen as a place for women or the more academically inclined. This is, of course, a complete misconception as the truth is that construction offers something for everyone. Construction can pay well, and it can be a very rewarding place to make friends and to build a career. But if you still think that it is just about mixing cement and lugging bricks, we are here to tell you otherwise.
Every site needs a manager
The building doesn’t just happen by itself. It is a complicated process with a lot of moving parts. You can’t put the roof on until the walls have been done. But that is contingent on foundations being dug. Being dug in the right place. On concrete being delivered and on the site being cleared. All this and so much more. Typically, the site is controlled by a site or project manager who liaises with multiple foremen who control specific teams. It is the type of role that requires plenty of on the job experience and probably something like a certificate iv in building and construction site management to underpin that experience. In short, it is a senior role with a great deal of responsibility. It is very challenging.
Architects are key
Unless you are looking to erect something very rudimentary you are going to need an architect to get involved in the design and project management. The architect is the person who makes sure that everything fits together as anticipated. That the angles work, that the building codes are adhered to and that the appropriate structural and weight-bearing elements are included in the build. In short, it is the architect who takes the owner’s or developers’ vision and turns it into something that the builder can follow and implement.
No site manager wants to run out of things like bricks or concrete or steel reinforcement rods. But similarly, nobody wants to over-order and have too much surplus. This is where the QS comes into play. It is their role to estimate what is going to be needed and when. Off the back of their plans and insights, order and deliveries can be made to ensure that there are a few delays in construction as possible and that the cost estimates are as accurate as possible.
A building site needs quality tradespeople to get the project over the line. Plumbers and electricians for instance to do all the internal bits and pieces. This is certainly not heavy lifting work or what is traditionally considered construction work, and yet it is pivotal to the whole operation. The numbers of skilled tradespeople are steadily decreasing which is a great shame. But if you have a skill with wires or water or carpentry then you should seriously consider your options and investigate what is available on major construction sites.