A construction foreman works in offices and on the site of construction zones, overseeing work and making sure everything is up to code and is being built safely and correctly. This job requires a good eye for detail, management skills, organization, leadership and the ability to read blueprints.
The work environment of a construction foreman is varied. They sometimes work in their offices in campers set up on construction sites, or in offices at the construction company they work for. They also work outdoors quite a bit monitoring the construction of buildings and structures. They often use scaffolds to see the tops of buildings and roofs and oversee that the employees are meeting safety regulations. They work along side of the construction workers that they supervise and sometimes the architects who designed the blueprints.
A construction foreman usually holds a college degree in either construction management, construction science or construction design. Although a degree in not always needed, most employees prefer it. Without a degree, a construction worker can still be promoted to construction foreman after about five years in the construction field. They must demonstrate that they have the skills to manage the other workers and be in charge of ordering the construction materials.
A typical construction foreman works from early morning to mid evening. They make the schedules for the construction workers and are in charge of when they work. They are allowed to give overtime if the project is running behind schedule. The construction workers report to the foreman when they come in to work and leave work. They usually enjoy paid vacation, insurance and sometimes a company truck depending on the employer. This job is usually full time and over 40 hours per week, but depends on the number of buildings being overseen.
Construction 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.