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Ask yourself...

  • Can you review contracts and specifications to determine company commitments and obligations?
  • Do you have a good understanding of contract law and regulation?
  • Do you have strong administrative and organizational skills? 

If the answer to these questions is yes, then a career as a Contract Administrator could be right for you.

Contract administrators must be familiar with all of the details in a project contract and subcontract documents, including all plans and specifications described in the each.

Contract administrators are employed by project owners, project designers and engineers, and by general contractors. In smaller organizations, contract administrators may also perform other tasks.

Duties

Contract administrators perform the following types of activities:

  • Review plans, specifications and contracts to ensure the correct equipment, material and subcontractor services are ordered and/or purchased
  • Determine or negotiate contract terms and conditions, award supplier contracts or recommend contract awards
  • Manage paperwork related to contracts
  • Establish delivery schedules, monitor progress, and contact clients and suppliers to resolve problems
  • Work with project managers, architects, engineers, owners and others to make sure project goals are met

Work Conditions

Home appraisers normally work out of an office, but they spend time in the field conducting examinations and inspections of residential properties.

As with all careers in the construction industry, safety is the top priority. While on construction or other job sites, home appraisers must be aware of and comply with all relevant safety policy and procedures.

Training and Certification

The US-based Construction Specifications Institute is a good source of information on courses and training providers for this occupation. The institute offers training courses in construction contract administration through the Construction Education Network, and also awards the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) designation to contract administrators who meet their certification requirements. For more information, visit www.csinet.org.

A bachelor's degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce or economics is usually required.

Contract administrators dealing with contracts or subcontracts for specialized projects may require a related university degree or college diploma. For example, a bachelor's degree or college diploma in engineering may be required for purchasers of industrial products.

Experience in the construction industry is beneficial.

Salary

The salary range listed here is based on national averages and includes all experience levels, from first-year apprentices through to highly experienced journeypersons. Wages can vary depending on the contract, company, location and collective agreements (if applicable), as well as local and national economic conditions. Overtime is not included.
Salary Gradient
$22 000Salary Range Arrow$73 000

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