Construction Project Superintendent
A construction project superintendent serves as the day-to-day overseer of operations at a construction site. The construction project superintendent directs and coordinates the activities of all the laborers involved in the project, such as welders, carpenters, electricians and others, making sure their operations can take place without interference and disruption. The construction project superintendent, in most cases, reports directly to the project manager, who is likely not at the construction site at all times. Most decisions requiring immediate action, as a result, are made by the construction project superintendent.
The construction site superintendent is also responsible for making sure work remains on schedule, that all materials and equipment are on site when they are needed and dealing with subcontractor issues at the site. In many cases, the construction project superintendent accomplishes these activities with the help of the foremen, the individuals overseeing specific aspects of the project during each shift. The foremen can be employees of the contractor or those of a subcontractor.
Nearly all construction site superintendents have risen up through the construction ranks and have many years of experience, including a great deal of it in one or more of the specific construction trades. Construction site superintendents are usually promoted after showing the ability to lead as foremen and can share their knowledge of their craft. Some construction site superintendents have college educations, but many have decades of experience in the industry. A construction site superintendent must have an understanding of all kinds of construction methods, scheduling and blueprint reading--and, more recently and understanding of computer technology relating to the construction industry.
If a construction site superintendent is repeatedly successful in overseeing projects, there is a chance for continued advancement. A construction site superintendent can be promoted to the role of a general superintendent, where they travel to multiple job sites to oversee the construction work being done there. If the construction site superintendent has a college degree, there is also a chance the advancement process could lead to the project manager's position.
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