Thoughts That Build​ – Site Supervision…

So another career in construction that you can choose to go down is being a site superintendent. Now some people call them construction site managers, I generally call them that but really what it is. It’s an experienced person on a project site that’s looking after the day-to-day operations of it. Some of the key factors and key roles duties that a site superintendent plays are health and safety. He got to make sure everyone’s safe. Especially in today’s environment, you’ve got to make sure the mask is being worn, you’ve got to make sure a hard hat, safety boots, you got to make sure all those things are in play. Yes, you have a lot of government requirements too and certifications that you need, but a site superintendent needs to make sure that you have a safe and clean project site.

The second one is coordination, you have to be able to schedule at least one to two weeks in advance you going to let trades know, your team knows. If you have in-house personnel when they need to show up on a site to continue a project, you can’t call somebody a day before. I mean you can but chances are they’re busy on other jobs, so scheduling ahead is so vital and so pivotal to being a construction site superintendent. You need to make sure that once the demo is done that you already have your plumber lined up to mark out the floor, so you can do coring trenching concrete removal, you got to have drywallers ready for you know framing layouts, partition layout, so on and so forth and the third one that I find is really vital is quality control measures. You’ve got to make sure that the trades aren’t cutting corners. You’ve got to make sure that what they’re installing is actually asked for the drawings. Now I’m not saying that they always cut corners, I’m saying sometimes it’s really easy to miss. Sometimes a superintendent will pick something up that your estimator or your project coordinator hasn’t picked up on the drawings and how they interface with each other so having that person on-site to report back as things come up. Because things that come up all the time on a project like that, are generally not shown on the drives. How do you know if a site supervision role is for you? You got to see what you’re like as a person and I’m talking about a long-term career in the short term. I’m a big believer that anyone who wants to grow in the construction industry should go into all the aspects of construction. So they have a full understanding of how a project works? How does the industry work? But in terms of supervision, if you’re looking at long-term growth, you want to make sure that you have that attention to detail that you have that you’re able, I should say to communicate with trades on a project site there will be dispute resolutions, you’re not always going to get along with people we have to be able to work with them. You have to be able to put them to task when you need to and then you know still hang out afterward right? You got to have again attention to detail. You got to make sure your schedule’s met the quality control measures are there and if you like just being out and interacting with people and not going to an office once in a while, the site supervision role just might be for you long term but I highly recommend at least experiencing it be it as in a site coordinator role an assistant side superintendent role, you will learn so much just going on a job site for a week two weeks, a month, two months. You will see how these 2d drawings actually are built up and how it tangibly fits together. I couldn’t recommend it enough if you’re looking to grow within the construction industry.