A construction coordinator assists project managers in coordinating all the many details involved with a given construction project. To become a construction coordinator, you will need to gain experience in the construction industry or a related industry. You may also need a certain amount of education and some jurisdictions or companies might require certifications. You will also need to search and apply for jobs and pass the interview process.
If you want to become a construction coordinator, education is generally beneficial, but is not usually mandatory. Some colleges and technical schools offer certificate, diploma and degree programs in construction project coordination, and these can be helpful in obtaining a job. Other entities, such as trade schools and trade unions might also offer courses that can help you prepare for the position. These include courses in reading schematics, understanding local codes and learning construction terminology.
In rare cases, you must be licensed or certified to hold a construction coordinator position. In some places, however, no such certification or licensure exists. You will want to investigate the requirements of regulatory bodies in your location before applying for jobs.
There are many details involved with most types of construction work, so if you are looking to become a construction coordinator, you will need to be able to demonstrate excellent organization and priority-setting skills. You can do this by holding a paid or volunteer position that requires you to keep track of changing deadlines and action items. Such experience can be in the construction industry or outside it.
Obtaining computer skills can also help you become a construction coordinator. In this role, you will likely need to create correspondence and may need to manage and update spreadsheets and other databases. You might also need to fill out permit and request forms online, so a basic knowledge of the Internet can be helpful.
Once you've met the education requirements and any licensing or certification requirements, the next step to become a construction coordinator is to find a job. This means searching and applying for jobs. It also means creating and distributing a professional resume that highlights your talents, experience and education as well as a compelling cover letter that makes potential employers want to learn more about your capabilities. In most cases, you will need to successfully participate in one or more interviews, either by phone or in person. Depending on the company, you may also need to pass criminal background investigations, prior employment verification and a credit check.