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Old 07-05-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Any Construction or project managers or Building inspectors out there?

Hey guys i was just wondering if any of you have experience in these fields? i just got my associates in architecture and getting started in arch school but i was also interested in those careers... If you could descrive what you do? How you like it? pro's and con's that you've faced and any tips you offer me would be greatful... thanks
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anyone??
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:40 PM   #3
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Im in sales for 84 lumber and we have 4 project managers for building our houses and their jobs are pretty sweet i have to admit. but if you cant communicate you cant do it.i love this industry.
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well said





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CM's battle the PM's

PM's battle CM's and supers

Architects...meh I have nothing good to say except for when I'm doing a design build and have their attention. They battle everyone when they don;t know what they are doing.

The battles are typical in every trade and you have to have thick skin and good people skills for each job you listed.



CM's get stuck on site for long times in industrial settings (this can suck if it's far from home). Also if your company uses the lowest bidder this job sucks. Nothing like managing sub par people all day.

PM's have it the best IMO. They come and go as they please and aren't stuck on one jobsite. They have the ability to take on as many jobs as they can handle and each day is different.

I'm a PM/estimator for glazing companies. While it doesn't pay as much as a architect or CM I think I found the right spot for me. I'm in and out and my longest job has been a year. Architects get stuck in cubicles for years at a time.
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i am a civil eng. i manage huge state projects.

everyone i work with is a CE. i do have some architects on my team, but they are the visionaries of the group. they come up with the ideas, i shoot them down.

i am in the field everyday. making sure the project is done according to plans and specs. contractor's LOOOOVEEE saving money, so that usually means shortcuts, and creative interpretations to our contracts. we butt heads every day. i love it.

currently, i am finishing up a tunnel job. here are some pics i took of the crew setting up explosives to blast away the rock. my job flat out rocks on some days..
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OSWEGO yea i have experience reparing tanks patrolium and oil tanks welding and the construction of a tank and such but other than that thats all i got at the moment along with the degree. But like you were saying i completly understand what you say and ive heard a lot of people say that if you dont have experience on the field you aint worth all that much..

I say iam good at communicating with people. If i know whats going on and what needs to happen and some details i can stand up and say it

do you guys have any tips as to getting in as a PM.. ive always loved to set things up and organize get things to run smoothly (which smoothly in a construction world is pretty dang hard IMO haha)..
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Aficianado you job rocks? or do you mean rocks fly at you? hahah i can imagine everyone wanting to light the TNT
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anyone else got tips on how to get in to one of these jobs? i was thinking about calling some buisnesses with CM's and PM's and stuff and seeing if they would let me shadow them for a day or two you guys think it would be possible??
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bumpp... anyone else have any tips on this subject?
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