Construction SchedulerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Construction schedulers manage deadlines and workers to make sure projects conclude on time. Some of their key responsibilities include gathering data, creating timetables for projects, and meeting deadlines along the way. Schedulers need to have excellent organizational and communication skills.

Sample job description #1

We are currently seeking Construction Project Scheduler with 7-10 years of experience to work at our ABC Company office in Nanuet NY.

Summary:

Planning, coordinating, and developing schedules for large-scale civil infrastructure construction projects across rail and public transit, highways, airports, and bridges. Ability to work at the project level alone or as part of a team to support the construction team and the project manager, with recurring schedule updates, special incidental work such as Time-Impact Analyses, resource loading, and Schedule generated payments.

Primary duties:

  • Project scheduling using Primavera P6 software in developing design and construction schedules for medium and large infrastructure projects (>$200 million)
  • Development of resource and cost loaded baseline schedules
  • Analysis of project documents to identify potential project impacts
  • Manage multi-disciplinary construction project schedules including design, engineering, construction, and integration of major sub-contractor’s schedule
  • Analysis of proposal documents to generate activities, logic, and production rate at a level of detail adequate for the schedule
  • Prepare Monthly Pay Estimate. Support cost reporting
  • Prepare and present Time-Impact Analyses
  • Prepare and present schedule narratives

Experience and education required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. PE preferred
  • 7-10 years scheduling experience for civil construction projects valued between $200M – $1B
  • Experience using Oracle Primavera (P6), working on Loadspring; virtual desktop
  • Experience with cost/resource loaded scheduling
  • Experience working with state, city and other government agencies in the NY metropolitan area
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and influence all stakeholders including colleagues, internal executives, and client representatives
  • Strong attention to detail and time management skills. Strong written, verbal communication, and collaboration

Sample job description #2

ABC Company is seeking a highly motivated scheduler to support the business goals and objectives of both ABC and our clients. As a scheduler you will work closely with our construction and engineering operations to develop the overall schedule of project completion. You will be responsible for building and updating schedules at various milestones, as project deliverables are completed, and as scopes of work are added to a project, and to provide updates to key team members on the progress of project completion. At a minimum, this person will:

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with preconstruction manager, project managers, engineers, superintendents, contractors, and other project services staff to provide detailed planning and scheduling of projects from conceptual planning through engineering and construction
  • Develop resource and cost loaded schedules, including lists of activities, major milestones, critical approvals, long lead procurement items and other critical project deliverables to be scheduled and tracked for the projects
  • Develop schedule logic and constraints, realistic activity durations, and available resources
  • Assess the impact of design changes and schedule slippages. Inform company management and clients of all schedule updates
  • Apply knowledge of engineering, procurement, construction terminology, and concepts to develop and maintain critical path logic networks
  • Accumulate and access historical data for use in maintaining realistic future planning and forecasting
  • Provide guidance, direction, and specialized assistance for the resolution of difficult project control problems
  • May interface with clients, attend regular meetings, and give statistical reports
  • Travel to projects sites and other ABC offices as needed to participate in project meetings, develop schedules of project completion, and update schedules to identify work completed at the project sites

Requirements:

  • 7+ years of experience on large commercial or industrial construction projects
  • 2+ years of direct scheduling experience required in critical path management with a demonstrated history of successful schedule compression and mitigation efforts
  • Excellent written and verbal communication presentation skills are a must
  • Advanced knowledge of construction engineering technology, codes and standards, and an in-depth understanding of the interdependence and relationship between other functional units
  • Working knowledge of standard cost control methods utilized in execution of various types of projects (EPC, Construction Management, Design Build, Time and Material, and Maintenance)

Additional job description:

  • Prepares and maintains project plans, staffing requirements, and budgets
  • Performs administrative tasks such as preparing progress reports and arranging meetings
  • Communicates with clients, and tracks project progress
  • Other duties as assigned

Education:

Highly desired is a BS Degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Management, or related technical engineering degree field. Equivalent years of related experience, preferably working on industrial and manufacturing structures can be substituted for degree.

Sample job description #3

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to grow your career at one of the industry’s leading construction firms? Put your expertise and scheduling skills to work at ABC Company. ABC Company is currently seeking a Construction Scheduler for projects. We set the standard for commercial construction and we are looking for talented construction professionals to join us. ABC is 100% employee-owned, so every one of our employee-owners has a stake in our success. As a result, we consistently meet and exceed our customer’s expectations with our commitment to safety, service, and integrity. Join us today. We Own It!

The Scheduler prepares summary level and detailed schedules for proposed or current construction projects. Schedules will be prepared using a bar chart or CPM format as required by the project team or owner. Schedules will be prepared using Primavera P6 Project Planner or Primavera SureTrak scheduling software.

Specific duties and responsibilities

  • Prepares summary level schedules for proposed projects. These are used to determine overall project duration, general conditions, and hoisting needs and are to be inserted into the proposal that will be submitted to the client
  • Prepares detailed schedules for projects. This is done as early on in the project as possible
  • The Scheduler assumes overall responsibility for the project schedules
  • The Scheduler assists in schedule needs relative to ‘contract’ schedule vs. accelerated schedule as required by the project team. Provide schedules that will need to be issued with contracts or bid documents to subcontractors and suppliers. Cost/resource loading of schedules (and reporting) when required
  • The Scheduler works with subcontractors and suppliers to establish timely deliveries of equipment and materials
  • Performs Progress / Schedule Updates: Visit and walk projects to gather and update information. Interface with the Superintendent and project team with regard to schedule actuals and projections
  • The Scheduler provides as-built schedule information for use in the project completion reports
  • He or she updates the current workload schedule quarterly
  • The Scheduler provides scheduling training to personnel as required

Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s of Science degree in construction management or related degree is preferred
  • Must have 3+ years experience in commercial construction scheduling
  • Construction field experience is a major plus i.e. Superintendent, Field Engineer
  • Strong knowledge of construction systems and trade sequencing
  • Presentation skills required in meetings and in training
  • Must be able to read blueprints
  • Primavera (Oracle) P6, P7 or P8 experience
  • Must be able to assist the project team in planning workflow and phasing as required

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a construction scheduler is $67,800 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$67,450$91,200
Los Angeles, California$76,050$102,900
Denver, Colorado$63,350$85,750
Washington, DC$77,200$104,450
Miami, Florida$63,100$85,350
Orlando, Florida$58,200$78,750
Tampa, Florida$58,750$79,500
Atlanta, Georgia$61,650$83,400
Chicago, Illinois$70,850$95,900
Boston, Massachusetts$76,650$103,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$61,050$82,650
New York City, New York$80,650$109,150
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$65,650$88,850
Dallas, Texas$63,950$86,550
Houston, Texas$63,650$86,150
Seattle, Washington$73,750$99,800
National Average$57,650$77,950

Sample interview questions

  • Are you confident in your problem-solving and data entry skills?
  • What is your experience with project schedules?
  • Do you have any previous experience in the construction industry?
  • How do you ensure that everyone stays on schedule for a commercial project?
  • Do you have a good understanding of construction and dealing with construction workers?
  • Do you have a reliable form of transportation?
  • Are you aware that this position may require occasional fieldwork in order to ensure the schedule is followed?
  • Are you confident in your ability to accurately achieve deadlines and schedule projects?
  • How do you determine how long each project will take?
  • Are you familiar with project scheduling software? Which ones have you used?

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