Project Controls Manager: Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Where to Apply
Project Controls Managers
The Project Controls Manager is responsible for project monitoring, providing the project manager, the client, and senior management with information on the scope, progress, costs and forecast completion, and ultimate spending while actively managing project risks. Typically, the PCM has a team of resources to help manage all of their responsibilities, such as a Project Planner, Cost Engineer and Risk Practitioner. This support may or may not be centrally pooled resources via a Project Management Office (PMO).
Salary: xxxxx per year
Job Satisfaction: Very High
Transferability: Very High
Job Growth: High
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3. Popular Qualifications
2. Steps to become one
4. How long does it take
Education Level: Degree*
Field of Study: Engineering / Science*
Certification: APMG or other related
Duration to become one: 1 to 6 years
Difficulty to become one: TBD
* there are many routes to becoming a Project Controls Manager, a degree is not a prerequisite. See below.
The most traditional one is to leave university, work as a planner or cost engineer for 6 years before moving into a management position becoming certified as a project controls management professionally in parallel.
Steps to become one
Step One: Gain an academic education.
Ideally, this would be a degree in Engineering or Science but this is not necessarily a must.
Step Two: Gain relevant experience working within a project environment.
Ideally, this would be in the nuclear industry or a highly regulated industry. If you don't have this experience, speak to your line manager about ways that you get more involved in a project controls capacity.
Step Three: Gain a recognised Project Controls Management Certification.
If looking to be promoted internally it is often acceptable to gain this in parallel to working as a project manager. It is always a good idea to have, or at least be on your way to becoming a chartered project professional when considering a more senior role.
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