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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

Directly supervises and coordinates activities of construction or extraction workers.

This career is part of the Energy 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 placements 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
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third 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):

  • 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