Site supervising technical operators are a key part of any building construction, renovation, or ongoing maintenance project, as they generally serve as either supervisors or on-site foremen. They often work within specific construction specialties, such as carpeting, plumbing, or electricity, but carry out various supervisory and oversight responsibilities, as well. They generally report to a project/construction manager and serve as a sort of median between the manager and construction crews.
These technical operators inspect completed constructions not only to ensure they meet necessary codes and safety considerations, but also to verify that they conform perfectly to the project's design specifications and schematics. They also observe and correct their crews' work methods as needed to ensure they are working safely and efficiently at all times.
Site supervising technical operators generally work side-by-side with construction crews and are expected to lead by example in all work performed; they may also require daily reports from the site supervisor regarding progress and projected completion rates. Finally, those in this position may provide input in interview processes and help bring new crew members onto the construction team, although the final say in such matters may belong to other employees depending on the organization.
Most technical operators charged with site supervision have technical school or vocational school training in their particular specialty; most employers prefer candidates who are of at least "journeyman," if not "master" status in their specialty. These operators typically work at construction sites during normal daytime business hours.
Site Supervising Technical Operator Tasks
Oversee a shift of operators.
Clear jams and troubleshoot other equipment malfunctions.
Perform routine maintenance on a variety of technical equipment.