Services Managers are always in high demand: not only as the industry is bursting with opportunity right now but because skilled Service Managers are hard to find.
Career pathways for a Services Manager
After 5-7 years in a Services Engineer role, you next career step is into a Services Manager role.
Services Managers become technical experts and stay in this important role from project to project across their entire careers. Senior Services Managers work on complex larger projects or into a PM role on heavy complex technical projects such as laboratories, health, pharmaceuticals.
Please be aware Services Manager jobs are more like found in larger organisations. There are minimum services packages on smaller projects, therefore a Project Coordinator is likely to manage services trades. The Project Manager, Contract Administrator or Project Coordinator will manage the services packages at smaller construction firms.
How to become a Services Manager
If you are “technically minded” and work well in a team environment, a career in services management could be the ideal profession for you. The work also provides enormous satisfaction, as your input has a direct impact on the overall layout and aesthetic of the completed building project.
To be eligible for a Services Manager position, employers will typically require you to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, professional chartership/registration within the jurisdiction, and several years’ experience in both building services and some form of management.
Services Manager is a job more likely found in larger Tier 1 (and some higher-end Tier 2’s) construction organisations.
After completion of your Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Architectural Engineering you may be accepted into a Graduate Program, available in Tier 1/2 builders, or directly into a Services Engineer job.
Your next step in a Service Manager role comes after approximately 5-7 years as a Service Engineer however, this is dependant on your employer and their career progression planning/opportunities.
What does a Services Manager do?
The role of a Services Manager in construction is very important. In addition to designing, installing and maintaining essential services and equipment for whichever projects your firm is currently developing, the Services Manager works closely alongside estimators and construction delivery teams to ensure the building design includes efficient, affordable and high quality services.
The job involves constant reviewing of installation plans and specifications in order to ensure they continue to deliver what the building needs as designs change. It’s a highly collaborative job, as much negotiating is required in regards to ensuring there’s enough space between walls and in the ceiling for things like ventilation systems, insulation, electrical wiring, plumbing and so on.
Services Managers are also tasked with testing installations, advising clients, presenting innovative ideas, and making sure all work surrounding the building services strictly adheres to health and safety requirements.
Need help finding a Services Manager job?
Conecta is used by Australia’s leading building companies on a daily basis to search for driven construction professionals who can enhance their existing team. Whether you are applying for Services Manager positions, or roles in Project Management, Supervising or Design Management, Conecta is your ideal solution.
It’s also a valuable resource for staying up to date on important news and developments in Australia’s building sector.
Get in touch with our Customer Success Team for assistance with finding off-market job opportunities or career advice.
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