JobsNow: Project managers make sure the job is done right

Project managers balance budgets, work schedules and oversee the work that's being done

mike reiser project manager

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Everyone has heard the saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” But maybe it should be “If you want something done right, hire a project manager.”

Mike Reiser looks over drawings for the latest construction project he’s handling. He sees each with different eyes, too, since he networked his job as an electrician into a project manager.

The job gives him more interaction with the customer and he oversees more aspects, instead of just installation.

Reiser starts his workday at 6:30 in the morning by checking his email.

“Talking to various vendors, checking the lead times on some of the materials that are going to be used on job sites later in the day,” he said.

He also has to make sure there are enough workers on the job site, and that they’re not waiting for equipment or materials that they need. It’s a constant juggling act, especially when some members of the project team may be in other parts of the world.

“The leadership takes you from not only being awarded a project, to supervising a project, manage a project, man up a project and also safety,” said electrician Mark Milone.

Project managers need certifications that on-the-job workers aren’t required to have.

They balance budgets, work schedules and oversee the work that’s being done. Project managers are also the first point of contact in the event of a problem.

“The job never ends. It’s more so a 24-hour position as opposed to a 7 to 4,” Reiser said.

He says problems happen every night.

“Service calls come in, the planning, sometimes the day needs to start even earlier or go a little longer.”

There are other areas to be involved beyond construction. A project manager can also work in architecture, sales and even software.

For more information on project managers and to view available job openings, visit the Ohio Means Jobs website.

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