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First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

Construction Supervisor, Construction Foreman, Construction Superintendent, Project Manager, Field Supervisor, Project Superintendent, Job Foreman, Field Operations Supervisor, General Foreman

Average Salary: Entry level--$49,980  Experienced--$77,850

Education/Training Required: Most positions require an Associate's Degree

Jobs Available: 120-190

Energy Industries: Coal, Gas                                                                                     


Working in the high-growth energy sector, Construction Supervisors oversee the teams, materials, and specifications as new work sites are being developed.  Typical responsibilities include:         

  • Lead teams of tradesmen or craftsmen. ·         
  • Coordinate,  schedule and supervise the activities of construction or extractive workers and subcontractors in the field. Assign work to employees, based on material or worker requirements of specific jobs. ·         
  • Read specifications, such as blueprints, to determine construction requirements or to plan procedures.
  • Estimate material or worker requirements to complete jobs. ·         
  • Confer with managerial or technical personnel, other departments, or contractors to coordinate work activities with other construction project activities. ·         
  • Order or requisition materials or supplies. ·         
  • Locate, measure, and mark site locations or placement of structures or equipment, using measuring and marking equipment. ·         
  • Examine and inspect work progress, equipment, and construction sites to verify safety and to ensure that specifications are met. ·         
  • Record information such as personnel, production, or operational data on specified forms or reports.    

Tools and Technology ·        

  • Computer tools - e-mail, spreadsheet, project management software.     

Critical Knowledge

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other projects such as highways and roads. ·         
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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