Construction Coordinator Career Facts

A construction coordinator, (also known as a project coordinator or construction supervisor) as the name suggests, is a site supervisor and organizer of site resources. The position is basically a supervisory rather than an actual managerial position, under the construction or project manager.

The Work Environment

Construction coordinators work on site. Their primary role is to oversee the construction process and ensure compliance with construction schedules, plans, and the progress of the work. This type of work varies in degrees of complexity and seniority. On some projects an architect may act as the construction coordinator. In some cases the work is carried out by project managers in training. On small projects a project manager may also operate as the coordinator. 

The Work

A construction coordinator's work can be extensive, and may include any or all of the following roles:

Administration: The construction coordinator is in effect the on-site senior administrator, working directly under the project manager. The coordinator's role is responsible for the operation of daily business including delegated authority to sign for orders of materials, etc. 

Coordination of site functions: This is an organizational role, dealing with the actual site work and scheduling. It includes dealing with subcontractor's work, installations, and related tasks.

Cost tracking: Review and reporting function in relation to real cost values. This is an administrative role, but also acts as an ongoing real time audit function on project costs.

Quote validation: Tracking quotes and contract prices. This is a particularly important role related to the cost tracking area, because contract specifications are basic project cost bases. 

Liaison duties: Working with contractor issues, vendor situations, site deliveries, and support services. These duties are directly related to project supervision, dealing with the physical movement of materials and conduct of construction work. 

Technical duties: The technical side of construction coordination is extremely important. Many construction coordinators are either highly experienced builders and managers, or professional technical advisors selected for their relevant skills, like dealing with complex plans and technical issues. The construction coordinator operates as the interface with the construction work in either case, being the primary supervisor of site work. 

Occupational Health and Safety: The construction coordinator as site manager is responsible for the OHS operations and safety issues. 

Wages: Variable dependent on nature of work, qualifications, and duties. Hourly rate is approximately $27 per hour. 

Hours: Required to be in attendance on site every day. Hours can vary depending on the site operations situations. 

The Career Environment

Construction coordinators can work as employees of major construction firms, or move between projects. Career and job mobility is excellent for experienced construction industry people with the right qualifications and good references. Career progression is based on qualifications (engineering qualifications are commonly required) and organizational promotions.

In some cases the construction coordinator's role is an extension of the construction worker's progression to supervisory level. The construction coordinator is a generalist, operating in roles related to the entire project, and able to work across the spectrum of site functions.

As a career move, the position of construction coordinator is also a very necessary part of progression to management. The construction coordinator's career track is the epitome of the understudy to the managerial role.