Here at Super Structures General Contractors, Inc., we understand how important it is to have a quality construction contractor for every build. There is no specific degree for being a construction contractor, so not everyone knows how to break into this business. If you are thinking about becoming a construction contractor, you should know that it will probably require extensive travel and overtime at times and that the inevitable delays and deadlines can be stressful. However, it can also be an extremely rewarding career. Nothing is more satisfying than handing over the keys to a new facility to the owner after a successful build.
Here is one way you could become a construction contractor:
- Go to school to get an associate’s degree (2 years) or a B.A. (4 years) in construction management or construction technology or a similar option.
- Find a position with a construction crew to gain relevant experience.
- Apply for and secure your license as a contractor.
- Once you are licensed, you can call yourself a construction contractor. You may choose to work for yourself or for someone else.
- Continuing education is important, and you can stay current in the industry by completing and maintaining industry certifications.
Knowledge of the construction industry and process is very important, but there are certain skills that a construction contractor needs that can’t be taught. You will need to have strong communication skills as you act as a go-between for clients, architects, subcontractors and other involved parties in the construction process. You will also need to think analytically and be able to make sound decisions. Remember that hands-on experience with other quality contractors is probably the most valuable training you can get.