A building site foreman oversees the job on a construction site to ensure workers complete the job according to plan. The foreman is typically a senior worker with the experience to create a schedule for workers and ensure that everyone has the necessary tools and materials and that workers follow safety procedures. The foreman must inform the construction manager or contractor on the development of the project.
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The building site foreman must meet with the construction manager or contractor to determine the tasks for the day. The foreman schedules workers, ensures the tools and materials are available and makes sure the staff follows safety procedures when using equipment and working on the building site. The foreman must monitor the work and ensure that the jobs run smoothly and the construction project is meeting daily goals. Construction foremen or managers may budget the building project as well.
Construction managers or foremen require a bachelor’s degree in project or construction management. Some building site foremen achieve the job based on an associate’s degree and work experience. Courses for a degree in construction site management include project development, site design and planning, construction materials and methods, cost estimation and scheduling.
Managers working in large construction companies may require a master’s degree for a site foreman position. Business studies such as finance and business management assist the foreman when budgeting the project and managing employees.
Building site foremen should have good communication skills to direct the activities of workers on the site and report to management. Computer skills can help the foreman use software for cost estimating and scheduling work.
The average salary for a construction foreman is between £26,876 and £43,615 as of November 2010, according to Payscale.com.
Building site foremen in large companies may advance to an executive role after years of experience and satisfactory job performance. Construction foremen may become consultants on building projects, providing expert opinions for others.
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