Looking for an incredibly diverse job in the Built Environment sector? A career in construction management could be exactly what you’re looking for. 

With Scotland’s construction industry set for growth in the next five years, according to the latest forecast from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), there is no better time than now to start building your career in construction.

What does a construction manager do?

Construction management is the cement that holds the construction industry together.

Construction managers are responsible for the planning, design, and construction of a project from beginning to end. They also control the project’s time, cost, and quality.

The job includes managing and overseeing major construction and civil engineering projects, forecasting travel patterns, and developing strategies for managing the impact of traffic-related demand. 

Also known as a site manager, a construction manager will come into the build process quite early so they can help the client with preliminary planning. They also help with other aspects such as selecting an architect and contractor.   

The jobs that construction managers work on can range from small remodelling projects or renovations to the construction of significant commercial structures like a hospital or a tall building in the skyline. 

In terms of salary, construction managers can earn anything from between £27,000 to £45,000 a year depending on experience. 

How to get into construction management  

If a career in construction management is your goal, Fife College’s HNC is designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding necessary to get started.

Nationally recognised, our HNC: Construction Management SCQF Level 7 course has been designed to provide all the knowledge and skills you’ll need for a career in construction management. 

Mainly theory-based course, the HNC includes important knowledge and skills for successful employment. These are studied in the context of both practical and theoretical classes, including the following:

  • Construction technology
  • Building services
  • Management principles
  • Construction planning
  • Site administration
  • Sustainability in construction
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Site surveying

We know that taking time out to study full-time isn’t always the easiest option for everyone, that’s why our HNC in Construction Management is part-time over two years on an evening basis. 

Progression to degrees

Because an HNC is the same as the first year of a degree, we are able to offer the opportunity to progress directly onto year 2 of Heriot-Watt University’s BSc (Hons) Construction Management (full-time course) or similar project management degrees at other universities after successful completion of HNC: Construction Management.  

Professional membership

Upon completion of your degree you will also be able to register with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and with relevant experience continue your development to acquire Associate status. 

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