First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers


Also called : Coal Mine Production Foreman, Construction Foreman, Construction Supervisor, Electrical Supervisor, Field Operations Supervisor, Field Supervisor, Insulation Foreman, Roustabout Field Supervisor, She

What they do


Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

On the job, one would


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

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

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

  • Assign work to employees, based on material or worker requirements of specific jobs.

  • Coordinate work activities with other construction project activities.

KNOWLEDGE


  • 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.

SKILLS


  • Coordination
    Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

  • 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.

  • Speaking
    Talking to others to convey information effectively.

  • Critical Thinking
    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.

ABILITIES


  • Oral Comprehension
    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Oral Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

  • Problem Sensitivity
    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

  • Information Ordering
    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).

  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Leadership
    Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Persistence
    Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

  • Stress Tolerance
    Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

  • Achievement/Effort
    Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Calendar and scheduling software

  • Computer aided design CAD software

  • Data base user interface and query software

  • Development environment software

  • Document management software

  • Electronic mail software

  • Facilities management software

  • Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Inventory management software

  • Office suite software

  • Presentation software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Medium Preparation Needed

  • Education

    Training in vocational schools or an Associate deg

  • Experience

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations.

  • Jobtraining

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

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