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Construction Supervisor  What They Do

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First Line Supervisors-Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers Career Video



Directly supervises and coordinates activities of construction or extraction workers.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Supervises, coordinates, or schedules the activities of construction or extractive workers.
  • Reads specifications, such as blueprints, to determine construction requirements or to plan procedures.
  • Inspects work progress, equipment, or construction sites to verify safety or to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Locates, measures, and marks site locations or placement of structures or equipment, using measuring and marking equipment.
  • Coordinates work activities with other construction project activities.
  • Assigns work to employees, based on material or worker requirements of specific jobs.
  • Estimates material or worker requirements to complete jobs.
  • Confers with managerial or technical personnel, other departments, or contractors to resolve problems or to coordinate activities.
  • Orders or requisitions materials or supplies.
  • Analyzes worker or production problems and recommends solutions, such as improving production methods or implementing motivational plans.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Construction Foreman --
  • Construction Superintendent --
  • Field Supervisor --
  • Foreman --
  • Job Superintendent --
  • Project Superintendent --
  • Site Superintendent --
  • Superintendent --
  • Supervisor --