Project Controls Manager
Sector: Architecture and Construction, Engineering
Type: Career Profile
Business & Economics, Industrial Arts, Math, Physics, Science
I really enjoy solving problems, defining and refining processes to get to a more efficient state. I also love sharing my knowledge and experiences.
I originally thought about getting an arts degree because I am very creative and artistic. But, I'm way too practical! I was also good at math and science so I decided to do an Engineering degree. This was what the boys with similar aptitudes were told to do (including my father and brother) so I decided to do it too.
After working as an engineer for a few years, I found I was more interested in the process of delivering the projects rather than the actual engineering. This process includes such things as scheduling, procurement, construction, etc. This led me to Project Controls where I have worked on schedules, cost reporting, change management, forecasting, estimating, and risk analysis.
Having a STEM degree was hard work and challenging as a woman. At the same time, it has opened so many doors for me to give me the flexibility in my career that I enjoy.
My main hobby is re-enactment of early medieval Europe. I make historically accurate Viking, Saxon and Norman clothing and accessories. My kids, husband and I wear these while we display daily life of the time at festivals, museums, etc. I enjoy staying active as well. I do Yoga, weight-lifting, skiing, hiking and biking.
I manage a team of people who make sure our construction projects are completed on time and on budget. My team works with the Project Managers and Project Engineers. With so many people and groups involved, good communication skills are needed. It is also beneficial to have an understanding of the technical as well as the business sides of completing a building, road, pipeline, train station, etc.
To be successful, I have to make sure that we are following the proper practices and procedures with all the projects within the program. With my STEM background, it is easier for me to discuss issues/areas of concern with the Project Managers, Engineers and Architects. I am also able to identify the best path forward.
When I was
- Industrial Arts
- Liked helping people
- Played on a sports team
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Was motivated by success
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Was really creative
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Liked to design or build things
- Liked solving problems