Generally, a concrete foreman is either a managerial role within a construction company, or an independent contractor overseeing a crew of men who specialize in pouring foundation or other cement construction. Tasks for which concrete foremen are responsible include reporting expense receipts, confirming employee time cards, and overseeing the proper use of equipment. Those in this position are expected to have the necessary skills to ensure efficient and profitable use of the company’s resources. They must often have the ability to operate heavy machinery and should hold any necessary certifications to do so.
The work is mostly outdoors and often pertains to a building's foundation or other structures that rely on concrete materials. However, their duties are not always performed outdoors; in fact, many of the mundane managerial responsibilities such as filing paperwork are performed in an office. The office is often a mobile trailer that is moved from one site to another and provides a place to secure paperwork and other important documents pertaining to the job.
A concrete foreman often works closely with other construction workers, concrete specialists, electricians and plumbers. The foreman usually reports to a key individual within the company, such as the owner.
The education required to be certified in this field depends more on experience than credentials, but degrees in Business Management and Engineering are highly beneficial. A typical day involves an early arrival at the job site, as much of the average construction process is dependent on the concrete foundation. This often results in concrete foremen working at a very demanding pace, as the entire timeline can be delayed if their work is not completed on time.
Concrete Foreman Tasks
Coordinate essential personnelon-site for the project.
Communicate and enforce all safety regulations.
Manage supplies, materials and equipment.
Plan, direct and budget activities concerned with the construction of structures, facilities or systems.
Read and interpret site plans, construction drawings and scopes of work.