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Construction Trades Workers Supervisor

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

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

About This Career

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:

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

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.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic 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

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • 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
  • Field Supervisor
  • Site Superintendent
  • Insulation Foreman
  • Roustabout Field Supervisor
  • Field Operations Supervisor
  • Electrical Supervisor
  • Construction Supervisor
  • Coal Mine Production Foreman
  • Sheet Metal Foreman