Roles of a Construction Foreman
“Foreman” is a term which indicates a special kind of manager who works in either the construction or manufacturing field or repair industries and employs in the first supervisory category who is ranked above the workers but below the managers. Their duties depend on the involved industry, the employer and the foreman’s training or experience; they are the key point between the ranks of management and labor. A foreman must have experience in the construction industry with the responsibility in a leadership role.
Onsite Responsibilities: They mainly supervise the works in the construction site and works directly with project architects and outside contractors with a responsibility of inspecting the work of verifying the quality of the products and materials. A foreman has to be familiar with relevant building codes for completing works meets on a daily basis or take care of the requirements for safety and quality.
The manager must have a strong capability in working and supervising the employees for ensuring the works should start and finish in time within the designated working hours with avoiding the overtime. Jobsite’s security, safety and governing of the projects with required knowledge and experience should be in the capability list of a foreman as these regulations are very important for insurance purposes. A foreman should communicate with each person in the construction site and involved them on the same project at a time with an assurance of their safety, labor fees and other regulations.
A certain education is areas of project management and building services is needed in substitute of the real-world experience and make them ready to gather knowledge and experience for being career oriented and marketable.
Offsite Responsibilities: A foreman has various responsibilities at onsite and besides that some responsibility in offsite also as he or she is responsible for some office works also. Like creating work schedules for different parts of job and employees and to make a time schedule for performing the works in time and order.
A good foreman is a person who is able of identifying the risky areas of a dragging project behind the schedule and taking the important correct steps for keeping the project on schedule and make it complete before deadline. A foreman sometimes work as a substitute of supplying orders for the job site, working as an architect, construction engineer or a project manager also.
Supervisory Duties: A foreman’s primary duty is to manage all kind of things in construction site and also responsible for training, directing, supervising and occasionally the work of disciplining the crews and works for giving the project a running mode. He must have to keep an eye on efforts of employees, their growth, their necessities and then guide and assistant them for the increment of efficiency. In the outrages between employees or complaints related to work environment a foreman has to act as the linker between labor and management for continuing the work. He or she should be known and understand the contract terms and conditions of union so in future he or she can solve the matters about assigning overtime or disciplines etc.
Organizational duties: It is not an end of responsibilities as a foreman as he or she must have capability of performing vital duties to the organizational efficiency of a working site with the ability to read and follow the sketches, blueprints and give some suggestions on time. They work with their private vendors and others outside the departments and agencies to make the project complete in any term or situation.
Administrative duties: A foreman has the responsibility to make a bonding of various paperwork including managing work schedule and keeping data of attendance of every employee to keep running the project with budget. They also have to keep eye on supply and material orders as per need and reducing the project’s budget, often need to handle worker assessments and take part in the hiring process.
Teaching and Mentoring: A foreman should be an expert in his or her industry field and be focused on managing the things with the ability to perform hands on working side by side with subordinates to make sure that the work is for the tech people for executing tasks efficiently and correctly.
Wages and Employment outlook: This is a growing job but depends on the industry, according to a research of O*NET Online, between 2010 and 2020 there will be a little change in the number of the jobs of foreman in the industry for manufacturing, average growth in repairing, installation and mechanics and all of them faster than average growth in construction business. The medium annual salary in 2012 was about $59,700 for construction foreman, $54,040 for manufacturing foreman and $60,250 for mechanical foreman in the mechanical, repair and installation fields.
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