Construction Managers are a part of the building process from the very beginning, working closely with architects and engineers to go over plans and blueprints, making timetables for the project, determining material and labor costs, negotiating with and hiring subcontractors and workers, scheduling workers on site, gathering permits and making sure everything is up to code. For large scale projects, construction managers might work on specific projects in conjunction with other construction managers.
Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis on transportation or construction
A Highway Construction Engineer is responsible for overseeing roadway projects to completion, on time and within budget. Duties include field layout of projects, general inspection, project management, working with staff, and communicating with clients. The Engineer may be called upon to assist in design engineering duties including: preparing reports, plans, and specifications; researching design standards and code requirements; and conducting field investigations of design problems. The Engineer collaborates with other engineers, technicians, planners, and surveyors.
Other responsibilities typically include:
- Control and/or review all project forecasts, schedules, cost estimates, and reports.
- Prepare construction cost estimates, project budgets, schedules, or specifications for labor or materials.
- Prepare reports and conduct studies of engineering methods, codes, processes, and materials.
- Participate in contract bidding, negotiation, or administration.
- Responsible for quality control. Investigate or test construction materials to determine compliance with specifications or standards including environmental standards.
- Inspect completed transportation projects to ensure safety or compliance with applicable standards or regulations including environmental regulations.
- Confer with contractors, utility companies, and the public.
- Conduct feasibility and operating studies aimed at evaluating alternative innovative designs.
- Develop plans to deconstruct damaged or obsolete roadways or other transportation structures.
Construction Inspector/Estimators ensure that construction meets building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. Construction inspector/estimators spend considerable time inspecting worksites, alone or as part of a team. Some inspectors may have to climb ladders or crawl in tight spaces. Most work full time during regular business hours.