First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

Description

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

Tasks

  • Supervise, coordinate, or schedule the activities of construction or extractive workers.
  • Read specifications, such as blueprints, to determine construction requirements or to plan procedures.
  • Inspect work progress, equipment, or construction sites to verify safety or to ensure that specifications are met.
  • Locate, measure, and mark site locations or placement of structures or equipment, using measuring and marking equipment.
  • Coordinate work activities with other construction project activities.
  • Assign work to employees, based on material or worker requirements of specific jobs.
  • Estimate material or worker requirements to complete jobs.
  • Confer with managerial or technical personnel, other departments, or contractors to resolve problems or to coordinate activities.
  • Order or requisition materials or supplies.
  • 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.
  • Record information such as personnel, production, or operational data on specified forms or reports.
  • Provide assistance to workers engaged in construction or extraction activities, using hand tools or other equipment.
  • Arrange for repairs of equipment or machinery.
  • Suggest or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or hires.

Knowledge

Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
History and Archeology
Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Skills

Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Acoustical Tile Carpenters Supervisor
Adjustable Steel Joist Setting Supervisor
Asbestos Removal Supervisor
Asphalt Paving Supervisor
Assistant Construction Superintendent
Awning Hanger Supervisor
Bailer Operators Supervisor
Bailer Tenders Supervisor
Bank Boss
Billposting Supervisor
Boss Miner
Brick Chimney Supervisor
Bricklayer Supervisor
Brickmason Contractor
Brickmason Supervisor
Bridge Contractor
Builder
Building Construction Contractor
Building Construction Superintendent
Building Contractor
Building Dismantler
Building Insulation Supervisor
Building Mover
Building Repair Maintenance Supervisor
Building Superintendent
Building Supervisor
Building Wrecker
Carpenter Foreman
Carpenters Supervisor
Carpentry Supervisor
Cement Contractor
Cement or Concrete Finishing Supervisor
Chief Electrician
Chimney Construction Supervisor
Clearing Supervisor
Concrete Foreman
Concreting Supervisor
Construction Contractor
Construction Foreman
Construction Superintendent
Construction Supervisor
Core Drilling Supervisor
Derrick Builder
Dike Supervisor
Dimension Stone Quarry Supervisor
Doping Supervisor
Dredge Operator Supervisor
Drilling Contractor
Drilling Field Specialist
Drilling Superintendent
Drywall Application Supervisor
Drywall Contractor
Electrical Contractor
Electrical Foreman
Electrical Supervisor
Electrician Supervisor
Estimator
Excavating Contractor
Excavating Supervisor
Face Boss
Fence Erector Supervisor
Fence Installer Foreman
Field Assembly Supervisor
Field Operations Supervisor
Field Supervisor
Gang Supervisor
Gas Line Installer Supervisor
General Foreman
General Superintendent
Glazier Supervisor
Harvesting Supervisor
Highway Maintenance Supervisor
Home Builder
House Mover Supervisor
House Moving Supervisor

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$28.7 hourly, $59,700 annual.
Employment (2008):
456,640 employees