General Contractor

Construction Management Fundamentals

What does a General Contractor do?

  • Oversee construction work at every phase of the project 
  • Ensure standards, permits and license requirements are updated and complies with local legislation and building regulations
  • Monitor projects progress to complete projects on time, within budget, and to the highest quality standards
  • Coordinate with Clients, Subcontractors and other Stakeholders 
  • Provide regular project updates to Senior Management and Clients
  • Assist Superintendent in managing and coordinating day to day field operations
  • Entry level General Contractor jobs may also be listed as Assistant General Contractor or Assistant Construction Project Manager
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What skills are needed to be a General Contractor?

  • 5 plus years experience in AEC industry 
  • Proven record of project management skills
  • Attention to detail when filling out paperwork 
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems that arise during the construction process
  • Ability to lead and work in a team environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Google workspace, and Procore

What software is essential for proficiency in a General Contractor role?

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AutoCAD is the global CAD standard. AutoCAD is used by 85% of engineers and architects.

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Civil 3D software empowers civil engineers to realize tomorrow’s infrastructure, today.

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Bluebeam is utilized by AEC professional for creating, collaborating, and sharing PDF documents.

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What is the average salary of a General Contractor?

The typical salary range for a General Contractor is approximately $80,000 to $90,000. Salary may vary depending on which state you reside in.

Can a General Contractor work remotely?

A General Contractor operates on-site and in an office. Most responsibilities are done on-site aside from paperwork and administrative duties that can be done remotely.

Does a General Contractor have to work full time?

The majority of General Contractors work full time due to the extensive responsibilities associated with the role.