A construction foreman is a supervisor in charge of a team of skilled workers. On most construction projects, there are several different construction foreman jobs. Laborer foreman, concrete foreman, plumbing foreman, electrical foreman, painter foreman, and carpenter foreman are all examples of construction foreman jobs. The foreman must be knowledgeable in his or her field and able to motivate a crew, anticipate workflow, and direct a crew to complete work according to plans and specifications.
Construction foreman jobs for laborers are plentiful on jobs that require more manual labor, such as demolition. Laborers can be hired to do a variety of tasks, including digging ditches, raking debris, performing various cleanup tasks, and heavy lifting. Laborers are typically less skilled than other trades, necessitating more hands-on management. This is the laborer foreman’s responsibility, as he must ensure that there are enough laborers to complete the task and provide clear direction to his forces.
Concrete construction foreman jobs are responsible for supervising the placement and finishing of concrete. The concrete foreman must ensure that the concrete being placed is of the correct mix and quantity, as per the specifications. The foreman is also in charge of directing the concrete workers in their placement and finishing. Plumbing construction foreman jobs supervise plumbers as they install pipe and plumbing fixtures, ensuring that the necessary materials are on hand to finish the job.
Jobs as an electrical construction foreman include supervising electricians who install wiring and electrical fixtures according to blueprints. Painting construction foremen are responsible for ensuring that the color and type of paint meet the specifications, as well as that the quantities are sufficient to complete the job. The carpenter foreman supervises the carpenters who work on a project’s woodwork, such as framing and finishing cabinetry, and ensures that the wood used is of the proper type and quality.
A high school diploma, several years of experience in the specific trade, the ability to read blueprints, and good people management and time management skills are usually required for construction foreman jobs. Construction foreman jobs entail checking with the superintendent about the day’s schedule and advising of any crew issues, assigning employees to appropriate jobs, ensuring that crew members have the tools and equipment they require, working the crew efficiently to meet schedule milestone completion dates, and ensuring that safety precautions are followed.