The title of mechanic foreman is given to craftsmen who also function in a supervisory role for a work site. This is a hands-on position that requires substantial field work, but also requires the training and guidance of other technicians on the job. The exact duties in this role depend on the company, but positions are common in fields such as HVAC, construction, and plumbing. Mechanic foreman positions require extensive experience in the field with the related equipment. Most jobs also require a mechanical journeyman license, and some companies may require internal testing to prove the individual's skills with specific environments. In some cases, licenses and accreditation are required for using specific tools or materials.
Interpersonal skills are important for communicating with both clients and other workers, as the foreman is responsible for their team's work. Skills needed in this position include troubleshooting equipment, reading blueprints and diagrams, installing equipment, and maintaining equipment. Depending on the company’s protocols, work with parts and materials requisition may also be a large part of the job.
Work location varies for mechanic foremen, ranging from clients' property and worksites to training facilities and office environments. Whether the mechanic foreman works in hazardous environments is highly dependent on the company and specific job. Work hours vary greatly, as shifts may be scheduled for different times and frequency.
Mechanic Foreman Tasks
Supervise and coordinate mechanics, schedules, and project priorities.
Enforce safety regulations.
Inspect, examine, and test buildings, equipment, parts, or vehicles to determine condition and necessary work.
Estimate project costs and timelines.
Order parts and supplies, and ensure appropriate inventory to complete jobs.