Project Management Trainee Guide, 3rd edition
Published by Pearson (June 30th 2019) - Copyright © 2019
This exceptionally produced trainee guide features a highly illustrated design, technical hints and tips from industry experts, review questions and a whole lot more! Key content includes: Introduction to Project Management, Safety, Interpersonal Skills, Issues and Resolutions, Construction Documents, Construction Planning, Estimating and Cost Control, Scheduling, Resource Control, Quality Control and Assurance and Continuous Improvement.
Instructor SupplementsDownloadable instructor resources that include module tests, PowerPoints®, and performance profi le sheets are available at www.nccer.org/irc.
Table of contents
Module ID 44101 - Introduction to Project Management
The construction project manager plays a vital
role in ensuring a project’s overall success. Beginning
with the initial construction request, the
project manager shoulders the responsibility for
planning, organizing, estimating, and scheduling
the activities and resources necessary for completing
a building project according to plan. Whether
it is a residential, commercial, industrial, or civil
project, construction project managers use similar
skills and techniques to coordinate and plan all
phases of a construction project.
Along with fundamental project management
knowledge, the successful construction project
manager possesses strong communication skills, a
thorough understanding of the building process,
and the ability to identify and resolve risks that
could prevent the project from being constructed
on time and within budget. The construction project
manager may also be tasked with understanding
financial challenges, interviewing and hiring
construction workers; and monitoring many of the
day-to-day activities that occur on all construction
sites. (2.5 hours)
Module ID 44102 - Safety
Your safety and loss prevention program should
provide the framework for meeting the company’s
obligation to operate in a safe, efficient, and profitable
manner. It should be included in all phases of
your operation and involve employees at every level.
This module contains suggestions, checklists, and
audit forms that may be useful to you. Keep in
mind that these are resources and references that
you may modify, expand, or condense to suit your
specific needs. (15 hours)
Module ID 44103 - Interpersonal Skills
The purpose of this module is to help project managers
develop interpersonal skills by identifying the
abilities and skills they bring to the job, learning
from their experiences, refining their talents for analyzing
people and situations, and developing stronger
communication skills. (12.5 hours)
Module ID 44104 - Issues and Resolutions
While planning and managing projects, there will
be issues and challenges that need to be resolved.
An effective project manager will be able to resolve
issues before they become serious problems. In
this module, you will learn two essential management
skills: problem solving and negotiating. (15 hours)
Module ID 44105 - Construction Documents
Documentation is vital for a successful business.
Numerous studies indicate that poor documentation
causes the most problems for industry, followed
by poor administration. Documentation is
the who, what, where, when, and how of a construction
project. It is a collection of facts that record
and document the actual history of the project. The
specific documentation you will need to maintain
depends on the type of project and the needs of the
owner, the architect/engineer, the contractors, and
the project team members. Without exception, all
projects should have some form of documentation.
Module ID 44106 - Construction Planning
Most construction activities are actually quite simple.
Complexity results from having to perform
those activities in a specific sequence and within
a scheduled time frame. As project manager, it is
your job to ensure that the project makes a profit for
the company. This means making the most efficient
use possible of all the equipment, materials, and
workers and coordinating them with the resources
on other projects. (10 hours)
Module ID 44107 - Estimating and Cost Control
The goal of a construction project manager is to
build projects to the standards established in the
drawings and specifications, and to do it within the
estimated time and cost to meet contract requirements.
You must understand budgeted, actual, and
projected costs and be able to perform cost analysis.
Using these skills effectively allows you to be aware
of the cost of doing the work, the cost impact of
rework, and how to exercise controls to keep costs
in line. This module presents information on cost
estimating, project cost awareness, and cost control.
In addition, it offers the project manager the
tools necessary for analyzing job costs. As a project
manager, you should always keep in mind that you
are responsible for ensuring that your company
makes a profit. (15 hours)
Module ID 44108 - Scheduling
Effective schedules are based on good planning.
Once the project is broken down into tasks necessary
to complete the work, developing a schedule
will then define how the project tasks will be completed.
The project manager usually develops the
project schedule with input from others, including
estimators, foremen, superintendents, and managers.
This approach will result in a realistic schedule
and a successfully completed project. (15 hours)
Module ID 44109 - Resource Control
The project manager is responsible for controlling
production so that the project is built within the
specified time and allocated budget. This means
controlling the use of resources, maintaining a safe
work environment, being constantly aware of productivity
rates, and, when necessary, reviewing and
revising work methods. The resources that must be
controlled are materials, tools and equipment, labor,
time, space, and money. This module examines the
topic of resource control and the various parameters
within it. (10 hours)
Module ID 44110 - Quality Control and Assurance
In any construction company, quality should be as
much the responsibility of the president as the project
manager and craftworker. As project manager,
you must be aware of the fundamental concepts of
an effective quality control and assurance process
and apply them in day-to-day management activities.
Many companies have established quality standards
covering all aspects of quality control and assurance,
from pre-planning to final inspection. Project
managers in such companies should become familiar
with these standards and incorporate them into
their daily activities. (5 hours)
Module ID 44111 - Continuous Improvement
In today’s construction industry, many companies
have an improvement process that is integrated into
their business model to better achieve their quality
standards and client satisfaction. In this module, you
will explore the process of continuous improvement.
You will develop answers to key questions: What
is continuous improvement? How is it performed?
What makes it work? (5 hours)
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