First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

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Video transcript

Building above the ground is called construction. Taking materials from beneath the surface is called extraction. Both of these processes require a lot of coordination - someone to make sure that the right job is done, at the exact time it's needed, as safely as possible.

First line supervisors and managers of construction trades and extraction workers are like orchestra conductors, cueing each person to play his or her part. They tell equipment operators when to arrive and what their responsibilities will be - and make sure there are enough workers at the site to get a job done on schedule.

In addition to scheduling, training, and motivating workers, supervisors keep records to document important information. They also have to be able to manage money to keep projects on budget. Good organizational and communication skills are a necessity.

In addition to a high school diploma, they might also have training in business methods such as accounting. Many supervisors work alongside they manage. In fact, they're often promoted from the workforce after years of experience.

Whether they work underground or high above it, first line supervisors and managers of construction trades and extraction workers do important work for a nation on the move.

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Suggest or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or hires.

Record information, such as personnel, production, or operational data on specified forms or reports.

Order or requisition materials or supplies.

Supervise, coordinate, or schedule the activities of construction or extractive workers.

Provide assistance to workers engaged in construction or extraction activities, using hand tools or other equipment.

Read specifications, such as blueprints, to determine construction requirements or to plan procedures.

Locate, measure, and mark site locations or placement of structures or equipment, using measuring and marking equipment.

Confer with managerial or technical personnel, other departments, or contractors to resolve problems or to coordinate activities.

Estimate material or worker requirements to complete jobs.

Train workers in construction methods, operation of equipment, safety procedures, or company policies.

Inspect work progress, equipment, or construction sites to verify safety or to ensure that specifications are met.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.