First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
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Also known as:
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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 superviso ...
rs 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
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Suggest or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or hires.
Arrange for repairs of equipment or machinery.
Assign work to employees, based on material or worker requirements of specific jobs.
Estimate material or worker requirements to complete jobs.
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.
Record information such as personnel, production, or operational data on specified forms or reports.
Analyze worker or production problems and recommend solutions, such as improving production methods or implementing motivational plans.
Train workers in construction methods, operation of equipment, safety procedures, or company policies.
Supervise, coordinate, or schedule the activities of construction or extractive workers.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Scheduling Work and Activities
Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information
Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
Training and Teaching Others
Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
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.
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.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
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.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.